Critical Path

The critical path is the series of tasks that determines the duration of the project as a whole.

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Delays to critical path activities often translate to delays to the overall project, so project managers often find it helpful to easily identify those activities. Spreadsheet.com's Gantt views can automatically identify a project's critical path and highlight it on the Gantt chart. In the example below, the critical path and its dependency lines are highlighted in red.

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How to Show the Critical Path

Before showing the critical path, you must first enable task dependencies from the Project Management dialog and toggle "Show dependency lines" on from the Gantt chart appearance settings menu. Then, you can toggle the critical path on or off by selecting the Critical path icon in the upper right corner of your workbook.

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Read through the rest of our Project Management articles to learn more about adjusting Project Management settings, changing your Gantt view's appearance, working with task dependencies, and more.