I can't enter actual costs for resources


After entering cost rates and fixed costs (fixed cost: A set cost for a task that remains constant regardless of the task duration or the work performed by a resource.) for resources, you are unable to enter the actual costs (actual cost: The cost that has actually been incurred to date for a task, resource, or assignment. For example, if the only resource assigned to a task gets paid $20 per hour and has worked for two hours, the actual cost to date for the task is $40.).


By default, Microsoft Office Project automatically calculates actual costs according to the actual work accumulated or material consumed on tasks. If you want to edit actual cost information, you need to turn off the automatic calculation of actual costs.

 Note   If the assignment on a task is completed (remaining work is zero), actual costs for the assignment can be entered in any view that has a cost table applied.


  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Calculation tab.
  2. Clear the Actual costs are always calculated by Microsoft Office Project check box.
Applies to:
Project 2007