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How to Set Task Start Date = Project Start Date

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How to Set Task Start Date = Project Start Date

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Question by:codequest
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by:bobsegrest
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Hello codequest,

Set your project start date on the Project | Project Information dialog window.  Then enter your task name.  It will be scheduled to start on the project start date by default.

Does this answer your question?  If not, please elaborate.

Bob Segrest, PMP
Microsoft Project Blackbelt
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Hello codequest,

Oops!  Yes, you do have to actually save (click the OK button) the project start date.  I neglected to do so and this is why my second screen shot didn't show the expected result.

It is also significant to note that the Project Start Date that I attempted to set (November 1, 2008) is a Saturday.  As the standard US calendar in Microsoft Project defines Saturday and Sunday as non-working days, the default Start Date for any task that I add will be the first scheduled work day; in this case Monday, November 3, 2008.

Bob Segrest, PMP
MCITP, Microsoft Project Blackbelt
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Thanks for the input.  I'm thinking of a situation in which the project start date changes, and I want the "first task" to start then.   I kludged this by making a "start project" milestone, with the first task dependent on that.  However, I thought there might be a built in feature that would handle this.

If you are pretty sure there is no such feature, that would be good information.
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Hello codequest,

Let me state this another way.

If you set the Project Start Date in the Project | Project Information dialog window, any task (new or existing) that does not have a dependency (predecessor) will be scheduled to start on the Project Start Date (or the next work day in the project calendar if the project start date happens to not be a work day).

If you change the Project Start Date, any task that has not started and does not have a predecessor will be rescheduled to reflect the new project start date.

Whenever possible, a project should have only one start task and one finish task.  A start task being any detail task without a predecessor and a finish task being any task without a successor.  With this in mind, I frequently use a milestone (a task with zero duration) a the project start task.  Usually it is named something like "Receive Project Charter".  My project end task is frequently a milestone named "Project Completed".

But, the only place I ever set a project start date is on the Project Information dialog window.

Does this help?

Bob Segrest, PMP
MCITP, Microsoft Project Blackbelt
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Yep, that helps.  Thanks!
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