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You can connect any 2 jobs in a task to reveal their relationship (likewise called a job reliance). Dependences drive the job schedule — as soon as you connect the jobs, every modification you make to the predecessor impacts the follower, which impacts the next one, and so on.

What do you wish to do?

Link jobs

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

    Task Views group on the View tab.

  2. Hold down Ctrl and pick the 2 jobs you wish to link (in the Task Name column).

  3. Choose Task > Link Tasks

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Project produces an easy finish-to-start job link by default, which indicates the very first job (the predecessor) requires to complete prior to the 2nd job (the follower) can begin.

If you are a Project Online customer, you can likewise choose particular jobs to connect to utilizing a drop-down box from the Predecessors or Successors column.

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

  2. Find the Predecessors or Successors column and choose the cell for the job you wish to link.

    Note: The Successor column is disappointed by default. To reveal it, go to the last column in the row, and choose Add New Column Select Successors

  3. In the hierarchical list of all of your jobs, scroll up or down to discover the job you desire, choose the check box beside it, and after that click anywhere beyond the drop-down box. The job ID of the job you’re connecting to will appear in the cell.

Selecting links from the drop-down is particularly beneficial if the job you wish to connect to is not situated near the job you’re connecting from.

Insert a job in between connected jobs

You can establish Project so that when you place a brand-new job in between connected jobs, the brand-new job is immediately connected to the surrounding jobs.

  1. Choose File > Options

  2. In the Project Options dialog box, select Schedule and scroll to the Scheduling alternatives in this job area.

  3. Select the Autolink placed or moved jobs check box.

  4. Insert the brand-new job.

Link jobs in a Network Diagram

  1. Choose View > Network Diagram

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  2. Point to the center of the predecessor job box.

  3. Drag the line to the follower job box.

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Link jobs in a Calendar

  1. Choose View > Calendar

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  2. Point to the predecessor job’s calendar bar.

  3. Drag the line to the follower job’s calendar bar.

Link by hand arranged jobs

When you connect a by hand arranged job to another job, Project puts the by hand arranged job relative to the other job.

You can set up Project so that a by hand set up job does stagnate when you connect it to another job:

  1. Choose File > Options

  2. In the Project Options dialog box, select Schedule and scroll to the Scheduling alternatives in this task area.

  3. Clear the Update by hand set up jobs when modifying links check box.

Learn more about by hand and instantly set up jobs

Other methods to connect jobs

  • If you have jobs that depend upon the effective conclusion of a whole task, think about establishing a master task

  • To highlight how a single job associates with other jobs, usage job courses

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Change or get rid of job reliances

After jobs are connected to develop job reliances, you can quickly alter or eliminate the dependences, if required, by doing any of the following:

Change the link kind of a job dependence

By default, Project links jobs in a finish-to-start dependence. You can, nevertheless, quickly alter the kind of job reliance on the Advanced tab of the Task Information dialog box. To open the Task Information dialog box, double-click the name of the job whose link type you wish to alter.

Note: Double-clicking a link to an external job opens the task including the job, if the task is offered. Externally connected jobs appear dimmed in the job list. If you wish to customize the link type for an external job, double-click the externally connected job to open the job which contains the job, and after that do the following to customize the connected job. If you connected Task A in Project Z to Task 1 in Project 5, you can customize the link type in the job info for Task 1.

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

  2. Double-click the link line that you wish to alter.

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  3. To alter the kind of job reliance, pick a various type from the Type list.

Link to a various job

If you have a job that is presently connected to the incorrect job, you can quickly customize the link so that it shows the proper dependence.

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

  2. In the job list, pick the job for which you are altering the link.

  3. On the Task tab, in the Properties group, pick Information

  4. On the Predecessors tab, in the Task Name column, choose the job that must not be connected, and after that pick a job from the list to recognize the right dependence.

  5. Modify the link type, lag time, or lead time in the Type and Lag columns.

    Tip: To go into preparation, type an unfavorable worth in the Lag column, such as — 2 for 2 days of preparation.

Remove all dependences for a job

If your job is no longer based on any other jobs, you can eliminate all of the job’s reliances simultaneously.

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

  2. In the Task Name field, pick the jobs that you wish to unlink.

    To choose several jobs that are not noted consecutively, hold down CTRL and choose each job. To pick jobs that are noted consecutively, choose the very first job, hold down SHIFT, and after that pick the last job that you wish to choose in the list.

  3. On the Task tab, in the Schedule group, select Unlink Tasks

    The jobs are rescheduled, based upon any links to other jobs or restrictions.

Note: Removing a job link eliminates the reliance in between 2 jobs, as shown by the link lines in between the jobs. If you wish to alter the hierarchical structure of a job or subtask as part of a summary structure for your job, then you require to outdent the job instead of get rid of the job link.

Remove particular job reliances

If your job is connected to numerous jobs and you require to eliminate particular links while leaving some undamaged, you can pick which links to get rid of in the Task Information dialog box.

  1. Choose View > Gantt Chart

  2. In the job list, pick the job for which you are eliminating reliances.

  3. On the Task tab, in the Properties group, select Information

  4. On the Predecessors tab, pick the reliance that you are eliminating, and after that press DELETE.

Turn autolinking on or off

You can set up Project so that when you place a job amongst connected jobs, the brand-new job is immediately connected to the surrounding jobs. This is called autolinking If you have 3 jobs with finish-to-start links and you include a brand-new job in between them, the brand-new job will take on a finish-to-start link with the jobs above and listed below it.

By default, autolinking is handicapped. Follow these actions to turn autolinking on.

  1. Choose File > Options

  2. In the Project Options dialog box, click Schedule and scroll to the Scheduling choices in this task area.

  3. To turn autolinking on, pick the Autolink placed or moved jobs check box. To turn autolinking off once again, clear the check box.

Types of jobs

When you connect jobs in Project, the default link type is finish-to-start. A finish-to-start link does not work in every circumstance. Task offers the following extra kinds of job links so that you can design your job reasonably:

Link type Example Description
Finish-to-start (FS) e73bb092 11be 419a 8dcc 06b150c0dee4 The reliant job (B) can not start till the job that it depends upon (A) is total.

For example, if you have 2 jobs, “Dig structure” and “Pour concrete,” the “Pour concrete” job can not start up until the “Dig structure” job is finished.

Start-to-start (SS) 90eec673 ca70 4ade b1bc 4a8e272860b1 The reliant job (B) can not start till the job that it depends upon (A) starts.

The reliant job can begin at any time after the job that it depends upon starts. The SS link type does not need that both jobs start at the very same time.

For example, if you have 2 jobs, “Pour concrete” and “Level concrete,” the “Level concrete” job can not start till the “Pour concrete” job starts.

Finish-to-finish (FF) c3e7840b 6755 450b 8f5b b2241389d3a6 The reliant job (B) can not be finished up until the job that it depends upon (A) is finished.

The reliant job can be finished at any time after the job that it depends upon is finished. The FF link type does not need that both jobs be finished at the exact same time.

For example, if you have 2 jobs, “Add circuitry” and “Inspect electrical,” the “Inspect electrical” job can not be finished till the “Add electrical wiring” job is finished.

Start-to-finish (SF) 91123f36 6213 43bc 9d63 3ecc07e94c97 The reliant job (B) can not be finished up until the job that it depends upon (A) starts.

The reliant job can be finished at any time after the job that it depends upon starts. The SF link type does not need that the reliant job be finished concurrent with the start of the job on which it depends.

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