Add a Deadline Date to a Task

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Add a deadline date to a task to keep track of it’s finish date against the deadline. As Microsoft Project updates the schedule a warning will appear if the task is due to miss it’s deadline date.

Using a deadline is considered a better approach than using a constraint. By using a deadline, Project continues to schedule tasks and displays a warning for any potential problems. But a constraint is inflexible and limits the scheduling of the project.

Add a Deadline Date to a Task

  1. Switch to the Gantt Chart view
  2. Double click on the task name for the task you want to set a deadline
  3. Click on the Advanced tab of the Task Information dialogue box
  4. Click the Deadline list arrow and select the date from the calendar picker

Add a deadline date to a task

  1. Click Ok
  2. The deadline is set and is identified on the Gantt Chart by the teal coloured arrow

Arrow indicator for a deadline date

As the project is updated the tasks are re-scheduled, and if the task is due to miss it’s deadline, a warning icon appears in the Indicators column.

The warning icon for missed deadlines


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