Move Network Diagram boxes manually

By default, Microsoft Office Project automatically determines the position, alignment, and distance between boxes in the Network Diagram. To manually move Network Diagram boxes, choose the manual positioning layout mode.

  1. On the View menu, click Network Diagram.

  2. On the Format menu, click Layout.

  3. Click Allow manual box positioning, and then click OK.

  4. Use any of the following methods to reposition Network Diagram boxes:

    • To move adjacent tasks, hold down SHIFT, click the first and last task that you want to move, and then drag the border of one of the boxes to another location.

    • To move nonadjacent tasks, hold down CTRL, click each task that you want to move, and then drag the border of one of the boxes to another location.

    • To move a summary task and its subtasks, or a task and its successors, hold down SHIFT as you drag the border of the summary task box or the predecessor task box.

      Notes: 

      • If you select Allow manual box positioning and you manually reposition a task, you can change the layout of linked tasks or subtasks in relation to the task you moved. Right-click the task and click Layout Related Tasks Now to move related tasks while keeping the task you previously repositioned in the same place.

      • If you select Allow manual box positioning and you manually reposition multiple tasks, you can move one or more tasks to the positions defined in the Layout dialog box. To move one task, right-click the task, and then click Layout Selection Now. To select more than one task, hold down CTRL while you click each task, right-click, and then click Layout Selection Now.

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