Identify Tasks That Affect the End Date of a Summary Task

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Enable the summary path on a collection of tasks to outline the subtasks that affect the completion date of their summary (parent) task. Summary path is a variant of critical path which shows you a more refined critical path of subtasks that you select, as opposed to showing you the critical path of an entire sheet. Summary path will look at all child tasks in the summary path’s hierarchy. 

Summary path example


More on how Critical Path works.

Enable Dependencies to Use Summary Path

Dependencies must first be enabled on the sheet—which requires that you have Admin-level sharing permissions or are the sheet Owner.

More on how to Enable Dependencies & Use Predecessors.

Show or Hide Summary Path
To show summary path in the Gantt chart: 

  1. Right-click a parent task (noted by the grey task bars).
  2. Select Show Summary Path.

    Show summary path

That’s it! Your summary path task bars are outlined in orange.

To hide the Summary Path in the Gantt chart: 

  1. Right-click on the summary (parent) task bar in the summary path.  
  2. Select Hide Summary Path.