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Task Dependency Editor (Graphical)


The Task Dependency Editor is used to create, edit, and delete task dependencies. For convenience, tasks can also be inserted, deleted or edited.

The tasks are ordered in accordance with the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

The symbols for summary tasks, tasks and milestones are shown below:

As the Task and Milestone are sub-items to the Summary task, they are indented. Also, note that the WBS code is displayed along with the name.

In the following figure, a Finish-Start dependency has been inserted to make Milestone depend on Task.

As shown below, an item consists of three different selection areas:

Item area Select the item for editing
Start area Used for creating Finish-Start and Start-Start dependencies
Finish area Used for creating Finish-Start and Finish-Finish dependencies

Editing dependencies

Dependencies are created by first selecting a start- or finish area of the predecessor task, then selecting the start- or finish area of the successor task. This can be done using the mouse or the keyboard.

Alternatively, you can drop the predecessor's connection area on the successor's connection area.

To edit or delete an existing dependency, you can open a dependency by selecting it, or open its context menu.

You can also open the context menu on a connection area which will enable you to edit all dependencies connected to that area.


The toolbar provides the means to create and delete tasks:

Button Shortcut Description
Add Task Ctrl+I Drop-down button to create a task or milestone. The new item is positioned after the currently selected item on the same level as the selected item. If no item is selected, the new item is appended at the top level.
Add Sub-task Ctrl+Shift+I Drop-down button to create a sub-task or -milestone. The new item is appended as a child to the currently selected item.
Delete Task Delete Deletes the selected tasks.