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Old 11-21-2014, 03:35 AM
flanjamin flanjamin is offline Where have all my 'actual work' entries gone? Windows 8 Where have all my 'actual work' entries gone? Office 2007
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Using Project 2013, I have a massive project on the go, and spent ages typing in the actual hours done on various tasks at various dates from employees' time sheets. Today I marked some tasks as 100% complete, so I can compare % of tasks completed and hours used against estimate, and it appears to have wiped all my individual entries of hours worked for those tasks, and replaced the total actual work figure with the baseline hours I originally put in.

How can I get back the actual hours worked across the calendar, preferably without wasting days manually entering them?

What should I do in future to stop this monumentally annoying thing happening again?
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:17 PM
JulieS JulieS is offline Where have all my 'actual work' entries gone? Windows 7 64bit Where have all my 'actual work' entries gone? Office 2013
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When you use % complete, it assumes the tasks are done as originally scheduled. When you entered Actual Work, it was calculating remaining work. If the remaining work is not accurate, you need to change it to reflect your reality.

Also ensure you have SP-1 installed to Project 2013.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:25 AM
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Sorry, I don't know what SP-1 is, nor do I really understand the answer you have given. When you say 'it was calculating work remaining', where was that shown? Was what I thought was a total of time taken (in the actual work column) in fact a total of time left to use?

To stop this happening again should I avoid using the %age complete button? Or was I barking up the wrong tree trying to use Project to assess the accuracy of our time estimates?
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:41 PM
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Try taking a look at the tracking table. It will show you actual work, actual start, actual finish. You can add the remaining work column so you can see the calculation that Project is performing.
Project is perfectly suited for comparing the "plan" (baseline) against actuals.
SP-1 is service pack 1 and includes bug fixes.
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