Progress bar in Microsoft Project is not shown correctly for tasks with resources

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When a resource is assigned to a task and uses a calendar with different hours available per day than are available in the base project for that project, the progress bar on that task may not look correct.


This may occur when the following conditions are true:
  • All the resources assigned to the task are scheduled according to calendars other than the project calendar.


  • In the Bar Styles dialog box, the To date of the progress bar is Complete Through rather than % Complete.
The default progress bar is defined to start at the Actual Start of a task and draw through to its calculated Complete Through value.

Complete Through is computed by taking the finish minus the remaining duration. When a resource has more hours available per day than the base calendar for the project, for example, it is possible for the Complete Through value to be evaluated to a value that is before the start of a task which would cause the task's progress bar to be invisible.


To work around this problem, use the following steps to alter the bar styles for the progress bar so that they are visible:
  1. On the Format menu, click Bar Styles.
  2. Scroll to the Progress section of the Name column.
  3. On the Progress line, change the entry in the To column from Complete Through to % Complete. You can either type the new entry or get it from the list produced by clicking the drop-down list in the upper-right corner.
  4. Click OK to close the Bar Styles dialog box.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


Article ID: 136428 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 7.0
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Project 2000 Standard Edition
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