Predecessor tasks (or predecessors) are used to link tasks dependent on other tasks. For example, you don't want to host a party (dependent task) before you send out the invitations (predecessor task). This article reviews creating predecessors on the task list.
You can view the predecessors of tasks on the task list, Gantt chart, and the predecessor tab.
To create predecessors in the task list:
- Go to the project you are working on.
- Click the Tasks tab.
- Ensure that your current view displays the Predecessor column.
If the view doesn't display the Predecessor column, change to a view that does, or create a new view that does.
- Select the task where you want to establish the relationship.
- Click in the Predecessors column.
- Type the task number that you want to make a predecessor, then press Enter.
The predecessor icon turns green when the predecessor task is marked complete. This signals that the dependent task is ready for work.
For more information about the relationship types available in the Predecessors column, see "Understanding Predecessor Relationships" in "Understanding Predecessors."
You can quickly view details about the predecessor from the task list.
- On the task list, mouse over the predecessor number in the Predecessors column.
The following details are displayed:
Predecessor name: The name of the predecessor that is being referenced. In the above example, the predecessor is Market Research.
Project name: The name of the project where the predecessor resides. In the above example, the project name is Target Markets.
Number of predecessors (left of dialog): The number of predecessors for the predecessor being referenced. In the above example, the predecessor being referenced has 0 predecessors.
Requested: The date when the predecessor task was requested.
Due Date: The date when the predecessor task is due.
Number of successors (right of dialog): The number of successor tasks for the predecessor being referenced. In the above example, the predecessor being referenced has 1 successor.