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Microsoft Project Quick Tip: Hide the Default Task Mode Indicator

By Dale Howard, MVP. Sensei Project Solutions

Every time you launch Microsoft Project 2010 or 2013, or you create a new blank project, the software displays a Default Task Mode indicator in the lower left corner of the application window. You can see this indicator in Figure 1 when I created a new blank project. The software displays the indicator for approximately 6 seconds, unless you manually close the indicator by clicking the Close button in the upper right corner of the indicator window.

01 Task Type indicator
Figure 1: Task Type indicator for a new blank project

If you are like me, you may have grown weary of seeing the Default Task Mode indicator, and would like to disable it. Interestingly enough, you cannot use the Project Options dialog to disable this feature. Instead, you must complete the following steps:

1. Right-click anywhere in the Status Bar at the bottom of the Microsoft Project application window. The software displays the shortcut menu shown in Figure 2.

02 Shortcut menu on the Status Bar
Figure 2: Shortcut menu

2. In the shortcut menu, deselect the New Task Mode Notification item.
Once you deselect this option, Microsoft Project will never again display the Default Task Mode indicator when you launch the software or create a new blank project. If you want to display the indicator again any time in the future, simply reverse step #2 documented previously.

About Sensei Project Solutions
Sensei Project Solutions, a Finalist for the 2015 Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Partner of the Year, focuses on bringing Instant Productivity to your team. Our mission is to help individuals and organizations be more productive so that they can achieve their greatest potential. As a Gold certified Microsoft Partner and Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Sensei offers a complete set of services and products for a successful Microsoft PPM deployment. Our guiding principles for Proactive PPM follow best practices and industry standards aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Gartner, enabling organizations to manage resource demand, obtain business intelligence that facilitates better decision making, increase business effectiveness by easily connecting people, and become self-sufficient with PPM processes and solutions. In short, Sensei helps organizations achieve Instant Productivity.

About Dale Howard, Director of Education, Sensei Project Solutions
Dale Howard is a seasoned training professional who is approaching 30 years of technical training experience. He has taught students how to effectively use every version of Microsoft Project beginning with version 4.0 for Windows 95, and every version of the Microsoft EPM tool beginning with Project Central in the year 2000. Dale possesses the coveted Project MVP title and is one of only 64 Project MVPs in the entire world. He is the co-author of 20 books on Microsoft Project and Project Server. Dale is known for high-energy, highly interactive style of presenting and teaching. He was voted the “Best Presenter” by conference participants at the Project Conference in 2012.

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