MS Project – The Critical Path

Is it really that critical?
What is it?
How do I display it?

Every task is important, but only some of them are critical. The critical path is a chain of linked tasks or deadlines that directly affects the project finish date. If any task on the critical path is late, the whole project is late.

The Gantt Chart view will likely be your most used view for showing the critical path.

Click View > Gantt Chart.

Click Format, and then select the Critical Tasks check box. Tasks on the critical path now have red Gantt bars.

Show The Critical Path In Other Task Views

You can see the critical path in any task view by highlighting it.

Click the View tab, and then pick a view from the Task Views group.

Staying on the View tab, select Critical from the Highlight list.
The critical path shows up in yellow.

To see only the tasks on the critical path, click the Filter arrow, then pick Critical.

Tip:  In a Network Diagram, tasks on the critical path automatically show up in red. No highlighting is needed.



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