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MS Project - 24 hour Working Days

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I've created a new project in MS Project 2010 and am using the standard 24 hour calendar. That seems to do what I want it to do - to a point. If I have a task (let's call it Task 31) with a 3-hour duration that starts on Wednesday at 10:00 PM, MS Project correctly sets the task's Finish Date to be Thursday at 1:00 AM. I have another task (let's call it Task 32) with a 4 hour duration and its predecessor is Task 31. MS Project correctly sets the Start Date of Task 32 to Thursday at 1:00 AM and its Finish Date to Thursday at 5:00 AM.

So far, so good

The problem that I am having is lunch time. Apparently, MS Project assumes that we don't work on any day from noon to 1:00 PM. Because that is not true (we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and have no break times at all)  I need to change that default but can't figure out how. There must be a simple setting somewhere to do this.

Let's say, for example that I define a task (call it Task 35) that has a duration of 2 hours and begins on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. MS Project correct sets the task's Finish Date to Tuesday at noon. I have another task (call it Task 36) with a duration of 2 hours and its predecessor is Task 35. MS Project sets that task's Start Date to Tuesday at 1:00 PM. I don't want that. I want it to set the task's Start Date to Tuesday at noon - no lunch break.

Hope someone out there can let me know how to set this as a default in my project. There must be a simple way to do this that I'm just not seeing.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Navigate to [Project] and then to [Change Working Time]

There you can re-define the work time to remove the lunch period

see:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Set-the-general-working-days-and-times-for-a-project-c4587751-2b88-449d-87e5-d3312d16771d

{+edit} You can also change you calendar to the "24 Hours" calendar, look at the list of calendars available at the tiop of the "Change Working Time" dialog
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I think I finally figured it out ... What a pain this is. You'd think it would be easier.

Anyway, I followed all of the steps required to make / use a 24 hour calendar, 7 days a week but MS Project still wanted to make me eat lunch. I finally found something else - the resource sheet. I had to go to the resource sheet and assign each resource to the 24 hour calendar. Once I did that, I was no longer forced to eat lunch
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Thanks for your help
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