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Timesheet and Hour Preferences

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As a system administrator, you can specify preferences for timesheets and hours in Workfront, to define what items the timesheets can pre-populate with as well as what items users can log time to.

Any changes you make to timesheets impact all timesheets that are created in the future.

To set timesheet and hour preferences:

  1. Navigate to the Setup area in the Global Navigation Bar.

  2. Expand Timesheet and Hours, then click Preferences.
  3. From the Preferences page, select the preferences that meet the timesheet and hour needs of the organization.
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  4. In the General Preferences section, specify the following:
    Log hours directly on projects: Allows users to log time on the project (both on the updates tab and timesheet). If users do not record time at the project level, this options should remain unchecked. 
    Log hours on projects that are complete: Allows users to record time on a project that has been marked complete. If this option is disabled, users cannot record time for the work they have completed on projects in the Complete status.
    Log hours on projects that are dead: When this option is enabled, users can log hours on projects with a Dead status. 
    Log hours on future dates: Enables users to record future time (both on a timesheet or a work item). Users typically are allowed to log time in the future because there might be times where they will be away from the office, but time needs to be recorded. 
    NOTE You cannot prevent users from logging time on tasks or issues that are closed or canceled. You can only prevent users from logging time on complete or dead projects. We recommend that you use filters in lists of  tasks and issues to exclude the ones that have been completed or canceled from being visible to users. 
    Add expenses from a timesheet: Enables users to record both time and expenses in the timesheet.

  5. In the Pre-Populate timesheets with ... section, specify the following:
    Pre-Populate timesheets with work that is within ... of the timesheet's work range: Defines the number of weeks before and after the date range of the timesheet that contain dates of tasks and issues assigned to the user. The default setting is 1 week, and you can extend this range to 4 weeks. This means that the timesheet is pre-populated with tasks and issues which have dates anywhere between 4 weeks before the date range of the timesheet up to 4 weeks after the date range of the timesheet, if you select 4 weeks for your range.
    Pre-Populate timesheets With... Tasks & Issues that have been completed: If multiple resources are typically assigned to a single task, we recommend that this value is selected. This means when one resource records time against the task and marks it as complete, the other resources assigned to the task can still find the task or the issue in their timesheet, to record their hours.
    Pre-Populate timesheets With... Tasks & Issues that have Planned Dates in timesheet's date range: When selected, the timesheet includes tasks and issues that have either a Planned Start Date or Completion Date that falls within the date range of the timesheet.
    Pre-Populate timesheets With... Tasks that have Projected Dates in timesheet's date range:
    When selected, the timesheet includes tasks that have either a Projected Start Date or Completion Date that falls within the time frame of the project, even if the planned date of the issue or task falls outside of the timesheet date range.

  6. In the Project, Task or Issue Deletion Preferences section, specify the following:
    When deleting projects:
    - Keep logged hours already added to timesheets as general hours (If this project is restored at a later time, the hours remain on the timesheet)
    - Delete any logged hours (If this project is restored at a later time, logged hours are restored to the project)
    When deleting tasks or issues:
    - Move any logged hours to the project where the task or issue resides (If this task or issue is restored at a later time, the hours remain on the project)
    - Delete any logged hours (If this task or issue is restored at a later time, logged hours are restored to the task or issue)
    For more detailed information about these options, see "Configuring How Hours Are Managed When an Object Is Deleted and Restored."

  7. Click Save.

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