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Definition of Milestone Tasks

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Summary
Milestone tasks in Microsoft Project are defined as any tasks with a duration equal to zero or a value of Yes in the Milestone field.
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In general, a milestone is a task that represents a significant datein a project, such as the completion of a project phase, or the date aparticular report is due.

For Microsoft Project to be aware that a particular task is a milestone,its Milestone field must be set to Yes. Microsoft Project sets this valueto Yes automatically for any tasks you enter with a duration of zero. Tocreate milestones out of nonzero duration tasks, use the method appropriatefor your version of Microsoft Project.


Microsoft Project 2010 and later

  1. On the view tab, click a task view, such as Gantt Chart or Task Sheet.
  2. Select the task you want to flag as a milestone.
  3. On the Task tab, click Information button on the Properties section of the ribbon.
  4. Click the Advanced tab and place a check mark in the "Mark task as milestone" check box.
  5. Click OK.

Microsoft Project 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007

  1. On the view menu, click a task view, such as Gantt Chart or Task Sheet.
  2. Select the task you want to flag as a milestone.
  3. On the Project menu, click Task Information, and then click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the "Mark task as milestone" check box.
  5. Click OK.

Microsoft Project 4.0, 4.1

  1. On the View menu, click a task view, such as Gantt Chart or Task Sheet.
  2. Select the task you want to flag as a milestone.
  3. On the Insert menu, click Task Information, and then click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the "Mark task as milestone" check box.
  5. Click OK.

Microsoft Project 3.0

  1. On the view menu, click a task view, such as Gantt Chart or Task Sheet.
  2. Select the task you want to flag as a milestone.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Form.
  4. Click to select the Milestone check box.
  5. Click OK.
This task is now marked as a milestone.

By default, the Gantt Chart is set up to show a single black diamond for amilestone task. When you mark a nonzero duration task as a milestone, theGantt Chart will only display the milestone marker; it will NOT display abar between the task start and finish dates.
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Article ID: 77791 - Last Review: 03/25/2013 23:29:00 - Revision: 6.0

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