You can’t inactivate a task that’s in progress in Microsoft Project

In this hint, I will show How to set a task as inactive in Microsoft Project without facing the below issue.

You can’t inactivate a task that’s in progress

You can't inactivate a task that in progress


Scenario

I tried to inactivate a task in Microsoft Project Professional. but unfortunately, I got the below error

You can’t inactivate a task that in progress

I tried to set the Task % Complete to 100% to be Completed but unfortunately, it still raises the same issue!

You can't inactivate a task that's in progress in Microsoft Project


Cause

You should be aware of you can only inactivate tasks that have no any progress recorded (%Complete = 0).

  • You cannot inactivate completed tasks.
    • Eg: %Complete = 100%
  • You cannot inactivate tasks that have any progress recorded.
    • Eg: %Complete > 0.

Solution

The solution is simple, just make sure that the task is neither completed nor in progress by Setting its % Complete to 0 as shown below.

You can't inactivate a task that's in progress in Microsoft Project

Note: To be able to set a task as inactive you should use Project Professional, The ability to inactivate tasks is not available in Project Standard.

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