Check impact on other projects

If your project has external dependencies (external dependency: A relationship in which the start or finish date of a task depends on a task in another project.), you might need to check the impact of changes to your project on other projects. If you don't know which files are dependent on tasks within your project, you can quickly locate them. If you own the files with external dependencies in your original file, you can open the file and review any changes that may affect those dependencies.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Links Between Projects.
  2. To find all external predecessors (external predecessors: A predecessor to a task in the current project that resides in another project, represented by a task that appears dimmed in the task list.), click the External Predecessors tab.

To find all external successors (external successors: A successor to a task in the current project that resides in another project, represented by a task that appears dimmed in the task list.), click the External Successors tab.

  1. To see the path (path: A sequence of all folder names from the root to a file's current folder, separated by backslash characters [\] in Windows.) to an external task (external task: A task that represents a linked task in another project, providing an easy way to review the attributes of linked tasks without switching between projects. An external task can be changed only in the source project.), select it and note the file name next to Path, and then click Close.
  2. Click Open Button image, select the project file containing the external task, and then click Open.
  3. On the Tools menu, click Links Between Projects.
  4. To review changes affecting external predecessors, click the External Predecessors tab.

To review changes affecting external successors, click the External Successors tab.

  1. Look in the Differences column for a description of the changes you made to the original project file. Differences usually include a new start or finish dates for the external predecessor or external successor, typically the result of a changed duration, constraint, tracked progress, and so on. Task name changes are also shown in the Differences column.
  2. Review and accept changes to external links.
    • To selectively accept changes to external predecessors, in the Task column, select each external predecessor or successor for which you want to accept changes, and then click Accept.
    • To accept all changes, click All.
  3. Click Close to close the Links Between Projects dialog box.

 Notes 

  • Be careful to remember which changes you do not accept because the project is not synchronized with the external file containing the updates you don't accept.
  • You cannot undo acceptance of the changes after you click Close, but the project is synchronized with all external files.
 
 
Applies to:
Project 2003