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This article describes how to use priority to control how leveling is applied to a project using a common resource pool.

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Resource leveling allows you to resolve resource effort across tasks when a resource is overallocated. Priority of the task is one of the primary keys that can be taken into account when deciding how to assign tasks to an overallocated resource.

Piority can be set on a task-by-task basis. To do this in Project 2010 and 2013, follow these steps:
  1. On the Task tab, click Task Information, and then click the General tab.
  2. In the Priority spin box, click the priority level you want, with 1000 preventing the task from being moved by leveling.
  3. Click OK.

To do this in Project 2007 and earlier versions, follow these steps:

  1. On the Project menu, click Task Information, and then click the General tab.
  2. In the Priority list, click the priority level you want.

    The Do Not Level priority option is the highest priority you can set for a task. Using this option, the task will never be delayed by resource leveling.
  3. Click OK.NOTE: In Microsoft Project 2000 and Microsoft Project 2002, the Level Assignments option replaces the Do Not Level priority option.

    You can set the Level Assignments option field in Project 2000 and Project 2002 to Yes or No. When you set this option field to No for a task, that is the equivalent of Do Not Level.
One priority has been set, you can modify your leveling settings to take priority into accoutn. To do this in Project 2010, use the following steps:
  1. On the Resource tab, click Leveling Options.
  2. In the Resolving Overallocations seciton, in the Leveling Order drop-down list, click Priority, Standard.
  3. Click OK.

To do this in Project 2007 and earlier versions, use the following steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Resource Leveling.
  2. In the Resolving Overallocations section, in the Leveling Order drop-down list, click Priority, Standard.
  3. Click OK.
Once you start leveling, a task will be delayed if it has a lower priority level than another task competing for the resource at the same time.

References

Microsoft Project 98

For more information about resource leveling, click the Office Assistant, type "resource leveling", click Search, and then click to view "Strategies for reducing resource overallocations."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the standard toolbar. If Project Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

Microsoft Project 4.1

For more information about resource leveling, click the Index tab in Microsoft Project Help, type the following text

resource leveling command

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Resource Leveling Command (Tools Menu)" topic.

Microsoft Project 4.0

For additional information, click "Search for help on" on the Help menu. Type "resource leveling". Click Show Topics. Select the "Leveling Cue Cards Command" topic and then click Goto.

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Article ID: 174681 - Last Review: March 26, 2013 - Revision: 5.1
Applies to
  • Microsoft Project 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 4.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 4.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Project 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Project 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2010
  • Microsoft Project Server 2010
  • Microsoft Project Standard 2010
  • Microsoft Project 2013 Professional
  • Microsoft Project 2013 Standard
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