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FAQ MS Project – What is the Manually Scheduled Summary Task Roll-up Bar? 

 August 2, 2020

By  Dave Litten

What is the Manually Scheduled Summary Task Roll-up Bar?

In Project 2010 supports Top Down Scheduling. You can define the duration of a summary task, rather than have Project calculate for you.  When you enter a manually scheduled summary task, you can choose to enter the duration you want it to take, and a small blue bar appears under the summary task bar.

This represents the roll-up of the duration of the subtasks, and provides a visual way of indicating whether you have contingency time. If you change the durations of the subtasks so they take longer, the subtasks will end up exceeding the original duration of the summary phase. In this case, the roll-up bar will turn red indicating you now have a problem.

Dave Litten


David spent 25 years as a senior project manager for USA multinationals, and has deep experience in project management. He now develops a wide range of Project Management Masterclasses, under the Projex Academy brand name. In addition, David runs project management training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management.

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