How to create a constraint in MS Project 2007

Fix a task start or end date in MS Project

MS Project allows you to fix a task's start or finish in relation to a particular date. There are two main ways that you can create a constraint.

Method 1
Double click on the task to open the Task Information dialog box. Select the Advanced tab.

How to create a contraint

Use the calendar control to select the Constraint date

Set MS Project constraint date

Finally set the constraint type:

Set the MS project constraint type

Method 2
Click select the task finish or start date in the Gantt view.

Create a MS Project Constraint using the task start or finish date

This method will default to a constraint type of Start No Earlier Than or Finish No Earlier Than. To adjust the constraint type open the task information form.

You can check easily check if a task has a constraint using the Indicator column.

MS Project Constraint symbol

Note that setting a constraint impacts the critical path of your project and can create a scheduling conflict. Make sure you understand the consequences of creating contraints by checking out:

Constraints: what they are used for

Contraints - common mistakes.

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