Applies to

  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

Highlight the summary path to identify tasks that affect the end date of a parent task


  • Smartsheet
  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

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

Dependencies must first be enabled on the sheet. See 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.
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