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MS Project 2013 - actual finish date

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It takes 6 hrs to finish a task. The start date is 1/5 and the end date is 1/5. However, the actual end date is 1/10. I am using MS Project 2013 to keep track of this. When I changed the actual finish date to 1/10, it automatically updated Work to 45 hrs. The estimate Work is only 6 hrs, even though it spans several days. How do I fix this to show that the start date is 1/5, end date is 1/10, and Work/Actual Work is 6 hrs? Thanks
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I believe that MS Project has three settings for task type:
1. Fixed Units Task (where units is the number of resources allocated to a task per hour/day)
2. Fixed Work Task
3. Fixed Duration Task

You need to change the task from a Fixed Units Task to a Fixed Work Task.

If you have the setting on Fixed Units, it assumes one resource is working 6 hrs/day (or whatever rate you have configured) for the full project duration. Therefore, if you extend the duration, it assumes 6 hrs/day will be assigned on every working day (which increases the total hours worked).

If you change it to a Fixed Work Task, where the work is set at 6 hours, then the units will decrease as you extend the time (to 3/4 hr a day instead of 6 hrs a day)

You should be able to change this by clicking on the task in the Gannt chart, Click Task Information,  and then click the Advanced Tab. There should be a Task Type list where you can change the Task Type to 'Fixed Work'.

I apologize if the exact path is slightly different, if you have a different version of Project than I use.
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