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PWA - Edit the "Active" field value? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In PWA, an available field when building a view is the "Active" field (a system field?).  When added to a view, its default value is "Yes". When exposed in a PDP, it is not editable.  Any idea how to edit this field?

    Hayden

    Friday, December 16, 2016 1:58 AM

Answers

  • Hayden --

    The Active field is actually a task field.  However, because of this, it does also appear as a project field as well, which is why you can include it in a PDP.  However, its only use is for tasks.  This field is used to inactivate or "cancel" tasks that are no longer needed after the baseline has been saved for a project.  So, you cannot use it as a project field, even though it appears to be an available field.  Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    • Marked as answer by Hayden Simpkin Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:24 PM
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 6:36 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Hayden,

    I must say that I don't know what is the usage for this field. For sure this is an internal flag for projects, maybe inherited from older versions. Anyway, since you cannot use it, you can create a project custom field if you do need a flag at project level.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    Friday, December 16, 2016 8:16 AM
    Moderator
  • Hayden --

    The Active field is actually a task field.  However, because of this, it does also appear as a project field as well, which is why you can include it in a PDP.  However, its only use is for tasks.  This field is used to inactivate or "cancel" tasks that are no longer needed after the baseline has been saved for a project.  So, you cannot use it as a project field, even though it appears to be an available field.  Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    • Marked as answer by Hayden Simpkin Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:24 PM
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 6:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Dale, that information is useful. 

    As an aside, I now wonder if PowerBI is also using this field in its reporting dashboard (available after installing the Microsoft Project Online app in PowerBI)?  If so, it may explain why PowerBI reports that we have so many "active" projects that we have actually closed out. 


    Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:23 PM