If you need to interrupt work on a task, due to cases such as an unplanned event or even a task reprioritization, you can split the task so that part of it starts later in the schedule. This might match the situation where the work for a task in your project needs to start, then stop somewhere in the middle of the task, and then resume at a later date. In that case, you can use the Split Task button to create a split in the middle of the task’s Gantt bar.
In this way, Project Plan 365 gives you the possibility to account for interrupted work, when an issue arises that causes a non-work period delay in the schedule. This allows for the individual task duration to remain the same, while potentially extending the duration of the project.
You can split a task into as many sections as you need. However, you can only split a task into the smallest increments shown on the timescale view in the bar chart area of the Gantt Chart. For example, to split a task by hours, ensure that the smallest time increment that appears in the timescale area is given by hours.
How to split:
Open Gant Chart view
Select from TASK menu Split option
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.
Split task for one day
Select from TASK menu Split
On the task's Gantt bar, click the bar on the date where you want the split to occur
To remove a split in a task (join), drag a section of the task until it touches another section
Move a split task (Move all portions of a split task)
To move the whole thing: Hover over the first part of the split task.
The cursor changes to a four-way arrow .
Drag the bar left to start earlier or drag it right to start later.
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 using drag and drop action on bar
Hover over the right end of the split task until the cursor changes to an expansion arrow.
Drag to the left to shorten the duration of the part, or drag to the right to lengthen the duration.
Modify the Gantt bar style for split tasks
By default, split tasks are represented in the Gantt Chart view with dotted lines connecting each split portion. You can change the appearance of the split by modifying the split bar style.
- On the Format menu, press on Bar Styles option.
- In the Bar Styles dialog box, select Split in the Name column of the table.
- On the Bars tab, under Middle, click options for the split bar in the Shape, Pattern, and Color lists.