Indicators fields

The Indicators field displays indicators (indicators: Small icons representing information for a task or resource that are displayed in the Indicators field. The Indicators field is located to the right of the ID field and appears in a number of tables.) that give different types of information about a task (task: An activity that has a beginning and an end. Project plans are made up of tasks.) or resources (resources: The people, equipment, and material that are used to complete tasks in a project.). For example, a completed indicator Completed task indicator alerts you that the task is completed, and a note indicator Note indicator means that a task or resource note is attached.

 Note   Unlike other fields, the Indicators field is represented by an icon Indicator column heading instead of a word, such as the Task Name field.

Data Type    Indicator (indicators field: A field containing a graphical indicator that provides information about the state of an assignment, resource, or task. For example, a check mark indicator shows that a task is completed.)

ShowIndicators (task field)

Entry Type    Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)

How Calculated     Microsoft Office Project 2007 adds the appropriate indicator to the Indicators field when certain conditions in the project are met. For example, when a task is completed, Project 2007 automatically adds the completed indicator Completed task indicator to the task's Indicators field. When you enter or receive a note for a task, Project 2007 adds the note indicator Note indicator.

Best Uses    Add the Indicators field to a task view when you want to display the indicators that give quick, graphical information about tasks.

Example    In the Task Sheet view, you see the completed indicator next to several tasks. This means the tasks are finished. For another task, you see a note indicator, meaning the task has an associated comment.

Remarks    By default, the Indicators field is the first column in the Gantt Chart view and Task Sheet view. When you point to an indicator in the Indicators field, a ScreenTip provides more information.

ShowIndicators (resource field)

Entry Type    Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)

How Calculated    Project 2007 adds the appropriate indicator to the Indicators field when certain conditions in the project are met. For example, when a resource is overallocated, Project 2007 automatically adds the leveling (leveling: Resolving resource conflicts or overallocations by delaying or splitting certain tasks. When Project levels a resource, its selected assignments are distributed and rescheduled.) indicator Resource leveling indicator. When you enter a note for a resource, Project 2007 adds the note indicator Note indicator.

Best Uses    Add the Indicators field to a resource sheet when you want to display indicators that give quick, graphical information about the resource.

Example    In the Resource Sheet view, you see the note indicator next to several resources. This means that you have entered notes about or received comments from these resources. You see the leveling indicator next to several other resources, so you now know that these resources are overallocated.

Remarks    By default, the Indicators field is the first column in the Resource Sheet and Resource Usage views. When you point to an indicator in the Indicators field, a ScreenTip provides more information.

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Miscellaneous indicators

Indicator Description
Note indicator The task, resource, or assignment (assignment: A specific resource that is assigned to a particular task.) has a note attached to it.
Hyperlink indicator The task, resource, or assignment has a hyperlink associated with it.
Resource leveling indicator The resource needs leveling.
Missed deadline indicator The task finishes on a date that is later than its deadline (deadline: A target date indicating when you want a task to be completed. If the deadline date passes and the task is not completed, Project displays an indicator.) date.

Constraint indicators

Indicator Description
Inflexible constraint indicator

The task has an inflexible constraint (inflexible constraint: A constraint that is inflexible because it ties a task to a date. The inflexible constraints are Must Finish On and Must Start On.), such as the following:

  • Must Finish On (for projects scheduled from the start date).
  • Must Start On (for all projects).
Moderately flexible constraint indicator

The task has a moderately flexible constraint (flexible constraint: A constraint that is flexible and does not tie a task to a single date. Flexible constraints are As Soon As Possible, As Late As Possible, Finish No Earlier Than, Finish No Later Than, Start No Earlier Than, and Start No Later Than.), such as the following:

  • Finish No Earlier Than (for projects scheduled from the start date).
  • Finish No Later Than (for projects scheduled from the finish date).
  • Start No Earlier Than (for projects scheduled from the start date).
  • Start No Later Than (for projects scheduled from the finish date).
Unscheduled or uncompleted task indicator The task has not been scheduled or completed within the constraint's time frame.

Task type indicators

Deliverable and dependency indicators

Contour indicators

Indicator Description
Back-loaded contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a back-loaded contour (contour: The shape of how scheduled work for an assignment is distributed across time. Use a contour to control how Project schedules the work of a resource. Contour examples include flat, back-loaded, front-loaded, bell, turtle, and more.).
Bell contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a bell contour.
Double-peak contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a double-peak contour.
Early-peak contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using an early-peak contour.
Edited contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using an edited contour.
Front-loaded contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a front-loaded contour.
Late-peak contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a late-peak contour.
Turtle contour work assignment The work of the assignment is distributed using a turtle contour.
 
 
Applies to:
Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Project 2010, Project 2007, Project 2003