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How to split Tasks in Microsoft Project 2016

Sometimes you run into a situation during a project where work on certain tasks in a project schedule needs to stop and then start again, and these interruptions may be planned or unplanned.  So how do you show that work has been interrupted and restarted in MS. Project 2016?

A split is an interruption in a task, represented in Project’s Gantt bar by a dotted line between the two segments of the task. The time of the actual task split does not count in the duration of the task unless the task type is fixed duration.

In the following example, we will split a task to represent some nonworking time in the middle of the task.

Split a task : Example:

Task 17 Excavate for foundations has a 6 days duration, and will start on Fri 4/6/18 and finish on Fri 4/13/18 .  You have just been told that work on this task will be interrupted on Tuesday 4/10/18 (no work will occur on this day-for any reason). How to update the schedule ?

To create a task split in Microsoft Project 2016, complete the following steps:


  1. Select the name of task 17, Excavate for foundations.

2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F5. Microsoft Project brings the Gantt bar of task 17 into view.

3. Click on the View tab. In the Zoom command group, in the selection box below Timescale, select Days.

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