Work has started on a task, but you need to interrupt the task and delay the remaining work until a later time. For example, Tom is working on a task, but upper management has a new, high-priority project that Tom needs to work on for the remainder of the week. To accommodate this change of priorities, you can split the task (split task: A task whose schedule is interrupted. For example, a two-day task that does not require contiguous work might be split so that the first day of work is scheduled for Monday, and the second day is scheduled for Thursday.) to create a gap between the actual work (actual work: The amount of work that has been performed on a task or assignment. When you enter actual work on a task, the remaining work is calculated using this formula: Remaining Work = Work - Actual Work. Actual work is often referred to as "actuals.") and remaining work (remaining work: The amount of work, in terms of a time unit such as hours or days, that is left to be completed on a task. This is calculated as follows: Remaining Work = Work - Actual Work.) on the task. Then, reschedule the remaining work (remaining work: The amount of work, in terms of a time unit such as hours or days, that is left to be completed on a task. This is calculated as follows: Remaining Work = Work - Actual Work.) for a later date.
Note The elapsed duration (elapsed duration: The amount of time that a task will take to finish, based on a 24-hour day and a 7-day week, including holidays and other nonworking days. For example: emin = elapsed minute, ehr = elapsed hour, eday = elapsed day, ewk = elapsed week.) will include the delay time and the actual (actual: Information that shows what has actually occurred. For example, the actual start date for a task is the day that the task actually started.) hours already completed.
- On the View menu, click Gantt Chart.
- In the chart (chart: A view or part of a view that represents project information graphically. For example, the Gantt Chart view consists of a sheet and a chart pane where tasks are represented as horizontal bars.) portion of the Gantt Chart view, point to the Gantt bar representing the task.
The pointer changes to a four-pointed arrow .
- Right-click the Gantt bar, and then click Split Task.
The cursor changes to to a split-task cursor .
- Click the task bar at the point in time when you want to interrupt the work. This splits the actual and remaining work.
- Point to the portion of the Gantt bar representing the remaining work. Drag the remaining work to the date when you want the task to resume.
- To verify the date that the remaining work is to resume, hover over the the portion of the task bar that represents the remaining work. The date when work will resume appears.
- You can split a task multiple times.
- To remove a split on a task, drag a portion of the Gantt bar so that it touches another portion.
- If your project has tasks that have already been split, but you aren't sure why, your project may have been leveled while allowing splits to occur. To check your leveling options, go to the Tools menu, and then click Level Resources.