How to inactivate tasks which have actual work values? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I'm using Project Pro 2010 and Project Server 2010.

    I want to inactivate some tasks in my project plan. But these tasks have actual work values.

    How can I inactivate the tasks?

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:21 PM

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  • Hi Nuri,

    Project 2010 have an option of declaring task as inactive instead of deleting it, you can use that option by rite click on that task.

    hope this helps.

    Khurram Jamshed - MBA, PMP, MCTS, MCITP ( Blog, Twitter, Linkedin )

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:29 PM
  • Thanks for your reply Khurram,

    I know context menu for the action. But the problem is, I can not inactivate a task which has actual work on it.

    • Edited by Nuri Ozturk Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:40 PM
    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:40 PM
  • Set publish field to NO and remaining work to zero. 

    What are you trying to accomplish with the inactive task?


    Michael Wharton, MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCTS, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    Blog contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:24 PM
  • Thanks a lot. 

    It sounds good. This may be a good solution.

    What I want to do is, in a project plan (that has a duration of 2 or more years), I want to disable the tasks of the previous year regardless of thieir "% Completed" or "Actual Work" values. Briefly, I don'want to see the last year's tasks in the project plan.

    Thanks again.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:04 PM
  • Hi Michael,

    It doesn't work.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:12 PM
  • Hi,

    you cannot inactive tasks with actuals. If you want to archive the tasks, you can cut & paste these tasks to separate schedule or apply a filter in the view to hide them.

    Hope this helps,

    Renke Project Management with MS Project - Oldenburg, Berlin, Munich/Germany

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:10 PM
  • There is a predefined filter that hides already completed tasks. I think thats what you looking for.
    Friday, January 18, 2013 4:44 PM
  • HI Nuri,

    After finding your exact requirements, for which you were trying to use inactive task option, i believe using of pre-defined filter can work to achieve your objective. 

    since Inactive tasks option is available to help you to keep your original estimations  of the project by not deleting the not-required tasks. The idea of inactivate doesnt work  once any actual are reported for those tasks, you cannot inactivate them since they are actullay happend now.

    Having said that, i would also like to highlight that project plan with such a huge duration ( 2years+) should not exist in first place. if i were be on your place, i would divide the project plan into phases to reduce the size of the project so that it would looks meaningful and easier to manage. 

    Hope this helps.

    Khurram Jamshed - MBA, PMP, MCTS, MCITP ( Blog, Twitter, Linkedin )

    Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:15 PM