Microsoft KB Archive/173263

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Article ID: 173263

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Project 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173263


In Microsoft Project, if you link inserted projects in a consolidated file, and open one of the inserted files, there is no indication in the inserted project that there is a predecessor or successor relationship to the project. This will cause the inserted project's start date to be different from what is expected based on the project start date.


This problem occurs because the start date is calculated based on the predecessor or successor relationship in the consolidated file rather than the start date in the individual inserted project.


To start the project on the correct start date, follow these steps:

  1. On the Project menu, click Project Information.
  2. Enter the start date that you want.

NOTE: Even though the start date appears to be correct, retype the date you want.

  1. Click OK.

The project will recalculate and the start date will revert to its original value.

NOTE: If you reopen the consolidated file, the task links will be re-established and the dates will revert to the start date based on the predecessor or successor relationship in the consolidated file.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the versions of Microsoft Project listed above.


When you open a subordinate project that has been linked to other inserted projects in a consolidated project, you will not see any indicator, such as an external task bar that indicates you have a link. As a result, when you open the subordinate project, the dates appear incorrect. If you insert a Predecessor or Successor column in your table, the links will not appear. And, if you click Link Between Projects on the Tools menu, you also will not see any indication of this link.

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