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I'm working on a scheduling system for the company that I work for. It was decided that Project 2007 was the best solution for our needs however there is one slight niggle that keeps getting in my way.

The problem is some of the tasks I need to schedule must begin and end in the same (continuous) working block. They must not span say a non-working weekend. Is there any way of telling Project that once this task has started it can't be stopped until it has completed and must not enter or extened over a non-working block.

An example follows:

Working periods (09:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00), Each task has a duration on 1 hour. First task begins at 09:30, second at 10:30. The third not start until 13:00 as it can't enter the non-working period of 12:00 - 13:00 however Project would start to task at 11:30 and complete it at 13:30.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Ashley Bissell.
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Dr. Thomas Henkelmann earned 1500 total points
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Ashley,

does this mean you don't have any tasks that take longer than 4 hours as they won't fit anywhere? And you are linking them to calculate the schedule, right?
I don't know of any options that force a task to NOT run across a non-working time. This can be done with a macro that checks for the tasks start and finish date vs the duration, then looks for the beginning of the next working period and constraints the task to only start then.

Regards

Thomas
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Thanks for your response Thomas.

All of the tasks will be able to fit within a "working" time period and should never be large enough to not fit within a "working" time slot. I had thought of a macro that did this but I ws hoping there was a slim glimmer of hope that Project might have a function that allowed this. I can understand why it doesn't but it would make my life easier :).

I will leave the question open a little longer incase anyone else has any ideas. If not I will award the points to you.
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by:hiddenshadow
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Thomas I agree that this is the best/only solution and I'm thus awarding you the points.
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