Split a task

If you need to interrupt work on a task, you can split the task so that part of it starts later in the schedule. You can split a task into as many sections as you need.

  1. Click View, and then in the Task Views group, click Gantt Chart.

    Task Views group on the View tab.

  2. Click Task , and then in the Schedule group, click Split Task.

    Image of the Split Task button on the Task tab.

  3. On the task's Gantt bar, click the bar on the date where you want the split to occur, and drag the second part of the bar to the date that you want work to begin again.

    Image of a split task on a Gantt Chart.

To remove a split in a task (join), drag a section of the task until it touches another section.

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Move parts of a split task

Change the duration of a split task

Move parts of a split task

  1. Click View, and then in the Task Views group, click Gantt Chart.

    Task Views group on the View tab.

  2. To move one part: Hover over any part of the split task other than the first one.

    To move the whole thing: Hover over the first part of the split task.

  3. The cursor changes to a four-way arrow Split pointer .

  4. Drag the bar left to start earlier or drag it right to start later.

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Change the duration of a split task

To change the duration of the entire split task (including all of its sections), type a new duration in the Duration field.

You can also adjust the duration of each section of a split task:

  1. Click View, and then in the Task Views group, click Gantt Chart.

    Task Views group on the View tab.

  2. Hover over the right end of any part of the split task until the cursor changes to an expansion arrow Expansion arrow .

  3. Drag to the left to shorten the duration of the part, or drag to the right to lengthen the duration.

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