Object Icons

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Objects are the building blocks of a plan.

Activity Icon Add Activity Activities are the building blocks of a schedule and represent work being done. They have a start date and a finish date, represented by end nodes, and they span a certain period of time. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Activities. Shortcut: A.
Delay Icon Add Delay/Gain Delay/gains are a type of activity but whose duration can reach zero. Delay/gains are useful for showing positive or negative impacts to the schedule or for atypical activities and do not support embedded nodes or resources. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Activities. Shortcut: D.
Vertical Link Icon Add Link Links represent a relationship between objects, such as activities, milestones, and benchmarks. From them, float attributes are calculated, including gap, buffer, float and drift. Click the down arrow to choose a specific geometry. If object dates overlap, embedded nodes must be used. For detailed instructions, see Creating FS Links. Shortcut: CTRL+L.
FS Link Icon Link Multiple Activities (FS)  An FS link represents a relationship where the successor cannot start before the predecessor finishes. For detailed instructions, see Creating FS Links.
Start Embed Icon Add Start Embed A start embed is placed on a host activity to allow start-to-start (SS) relationships. It may be placed to coincide with its host activity’s start or finish nodes, or it may be offset (to have a lead or lag) between the two. In a SS relationship, a successor cannot start before its predecessor starts. For detailed instructions, see Using Embeds to Create SS and FF Links. Shortcut: E.
Finish Embed Icon Add Finish Embed A finish embed is placed on a host activity to allow finish-to-finish (FF) relationships. It may be placed to coincide with its host activity’s start or finish nodes, or it may be offset (to have a lead or lag) between the two. In a FF relationship, a successor cannot finish before its predecessor finishes. For detailed instructions, see Using Embeds to Create SS and FF Links. Shortcut: E.
Start Milestone Icon Add Start Milestone Milestones are zero duration events used to represent key dates or moments in the schedule. Like activities, milestones will track along with the network once they’ve been linked to any predecessors or successors. Start milestones align to the beginning of the day or time unit (by default, 9:00 am), and should be used for events which will precede an activity or represent an initiation. In addition, start milestones will snap to their earliest successor, always maintaining a zero gap link. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Milestones/Benchmarks. Shortcut: M.
Finish Milestone Icon Add Finish Milestone Milestones are zero duration events used to represent key dates or moments in the schedule. Like activities, milestones will track along with the network once they’ve been linked to any predecessors or successors. Finish milestones align to the end of the day or time unit (by default, 5:00 pm), and should be used for events which will succeed an activity or represent a termination. In addition, finish milestones will snap to their earliest predecessor, always maintaining a zero gap link. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Milestones/Benchmarks. Shortcut: M.
Start Benchmark Icon Add Start Benchmark Benchmarks are zero duration events used to represent a key date or moment in the schedule. Unlike activities and milestones, benchmarks will remain fixed at whatever date they’re placed, regardless of whether or not they’ve been linked to any predecessors or successors. Start benchmarks align to the beginning of the day or time unit (by default, 9:00 am), and should be used for events which will precede an activity or represent an initiation. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Milestones/Benchmarks. Shortcut: B.
Add Finish Benchmark Benchmarks are zero duration events used to represent a key date or moment in the schedule. Unlike activities and milestones, benchmarks will remain fixed at whatever date they’re placed, regardless of whether or not they’ve been linked to any predecessors or successors. Finish benchmarks align to the end of the day or time unit (by default, 5:00 pm), and should be used for events which will succeed an activity or represent an termination. For detailed instructions, see Adding/Modifying Milestones/Benchmarks. Shortcut: B.
Hammock Icon Add Hammock Hammocks are a type of activity used to represent or summarize a group of other activities, milestones, and/or benchmarks. Hammocks, however, have no attributes of their own except for the descriptions/ID, and they don’t accept resources, embedded nodes, or links. Click the down arrow for more options. For detailed instructions, see Hammocks. Shortcut: CTRL+H.
Data Date icon Add Data Date A data date is an object on the canvas used to represent the date to which the project has been statused. Data dates help provide a clear visual indicator of the progress of the schedule. For detailed instructions, see Data Dates. Shortcut: U.
Info Object Icon Add Info Object Info objects are external files or attachments. Placing an info object onto the canvas is a way to embed a document within the schedule for viewing. For detailed instructions, see Info Objects/Attachments. Shortcut: I.
Vertical Shade Icon Add Shape Shades are blocks of color used to highlight or delineate sections of the canvas. Click the down arrow to open a menu of other shapes. For detailed instructions, see Shades. Shortcut: S.
Notepad Icon Add Notepad Notepads are notes that do not show up on the canvas. Instead, they are represented by an icon and viewed by double-clicking the icon. For detailed instructions, see Text Boxes and Notepads. Shortcut: N.
Text Box Icon Add Text Box Text boxes are text objects that show up directly on the canvas.  For detailed instructions, see Text Boxes and Notepads. Shortcut: T.