Show multiple critical paths

You can set up your project schedule to display as many critical paths as you need to keep tabs on your project.

  1. Click File > Options.

  2. Click Advanced, scroll down to the bottom, and then check Calculate multiple critical paths.

  3. Click View > Gantt Chart.

  4. Click Format, and then check Critical tasks.

By default, Project shows only one critical path, the one that affects the project’s finish date. But you might need to see more than one for a couple reasons: Learn more about showing the critical path of your project.

  • To make sure each subproject of a master project is on time.

  • To track the progress of different phases or milestones.

  • To keep an eye on any series of tasks for any reason, really.

Project management tip When viewing multiple critical paths, don’t forget that there's still only one main critical path. If it falls behind schedule, the whole project falls behind schedule!

Try these tips to make better use of multiple critical paths in a project once you’ve set them up.

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Here’s how

Work with multiple projects in one schedule

  1. Click File > Options.

  2. Click Schedule, scroll to the bottom, and then check Inserted projects are calculated like summary tasks.

Show only critical tasks

On the Gantt Chart, click View > Filter > Critical.

To display all tasks again, click No filter in the filter list.

Group critical tasks

On the Gantt Chart, click View > Group By > Critical.

To display all tasks again, click No Group in the group list.

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