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Choosing the Task Type

All tasks are one of three types, as defined in the Task Type field: Fixed Units (the default), Fixed Work, or Fixed Duration. Sometimes the task by its very nature falls easily into one of the three categories. Perhaps the task duration is set by a client, by the government, or by another organization, and you must work within that time frame. You could define that task as a fixed-duration task to keep Project from changing the duration. On the other hand, you might contract to provide a fixed amount of work for a client. In that case, you could define that task as a Fixed Work task so Project can't change the amount of work that is scheduled.

You can also use temporary changes in the Task Type field to control how Project responds to an assignment change. For instance, if you want to increase the duration for a task but keep the total amount of work constant, you can make it a Fixed Work task and then change the duration.


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