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% Complete column can only be updated manually?
Is it true that a % Complete column for a gantt chart can only be updated manually? It would be beautiful if I could use a formula which would update it automatically.
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You are right, in this case the % Complete column accepts only manual entries. It would really be useful to have the possibility to change its value with a formula as well.
I use this formula sometimes with a 'Status' column with Harvey Ball symbols:
=IF(Status12 = "Empty", 0, IF(Status12 = "Quarter", 0.25, IF(Status12 = "Half", 0.5, IF(Status12 = "Three Quarter", 0.75, 1)))), but it only works with a normal % complete column (not with one used for gantt charts).
May it be an enhancement request?
Atus

If you disassociate the % Complete column with dependencies, then you can add formulas to it, but it will not be represented in the Gantt chart.
Edited to add an important "not"

Dave,
Do you mean it will NOT be represented in the Gantt chart?
That's not nice,... Neither that there's no cumulative % in the parent rows in that case. I would like to have both automation and Ganttassociation. (I don't know if it can be done though)

My ugly workaround it is to create a text/number column with a formula to calculate the percent complete. I then copy and paste special value into the gantt % complete column.

ctc
If you are going to do that, then I would add
=[% Complete]23
for row 23, copy that to the rest of the column and copy/paste the entire column at once (with values) after you have updated the ones that need it  and the copy the formula back to the column again.
It might be faster than doing them one at a time.
Craig

Thx, but I don't follow you.

Maybe I misunderstood. You have a complete column with a formula.
You aren't cherry picking the copy.
So never mind.
Craig