How to Hide the Default Task Mode Indicator in Microsoft Project

Hey there, fellow Microsoft Project enthusiasts! Today, I’m going to share a quick and simple trick to help you get rid of that pesky Default Task Mode indicator that always pops up when you open a new project in Microsoft Project. You know what I’m talking about, right? That “New tasks are created” message that shows up in the lower left corner of your application window. Trust me, I’ve been there too, and I totally get how annoying it can be. But worry not, because I’ve figured out how Hide the Default Task Mode Indicator, and I’m here to show you how. Let’s dive in! If you would rather watch the YouTube video on this subject, click here or click the thumbnail below.

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Saying Goodbye to the Annoying Default Task Mode Indicator

I’ve spent over two decades working with Microsoft Project, and while I absolutely love the tool, there’s this one thing that has always bothered me – the constant appearance of the “New tasks are created” message whenever I open a project or start a new blank one. I mean, who needs that reminder every single time, right? So I went on a mission to find a way to get rid of it…permanently, and I’m excited to share my solution with you to hide the Default Task Mode Indicator. Complete the following steps:

  • Hover and Right-Click: Open Microsoft Project and load up a project or start a new one. Once you’re in, direct your attention to the bottom of the application window, where you’ll find the Status bar. This is where that pesky message usually pops up.
  • Right-Click to Reveal Magic: Float your mouse pointer anywhere over the Status bar and right-click. A handy shortcut menu will appear, giving you a bunch of options to choose from.
  • Banishing the Message: In the shortcut menu, locate and click on the option that reads “New Task Mode Notification”. Click this item to remove the checkmark next to it.
  • Click Anywhere Outside: With that option deselected, now simply click anywhere outside the shortcut menu. This action will close the menu.
  • Bask in the Absence: Here comes the magical part. The next time you open any project, including a fresh new one, you won’t see that “New tasks are created” message anymore. It’s like it was never even there!

There you have it, folks! You’ve successfully silenced that bothersome Default Task Mode indicator in Microsoft Project. No more unnecessary reminders stealing the spotlight when you’re just trying to get your project management groove on.

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What is Microsoft Project Dynamic Scheduling?

Microsoft Project Dynamic Scheduling is a feature within Microsoft Project that allows you to create flexible project plans, update schedules based on changing circumstances, and optimize resource allocation.

How can Microsoft Project Dynamic Scheduling benefit my project management?

Microsoft Project Dynamic Scheduling can benefit your project management by enabling efficient planning, increased productivity, and the ability to adapt to changes, allowing your projects to thrive.

What role does dynamic scheduling play in effective project management?

Dynamic scheduling plays a crucial role in effective project management by helping you stay on track, manage resources efficiently, and meet project goals.

What features does Microsoft Project offer for dynamic scheduling?

Microsoft Project offers various features and functions for dynamic scheduling, allowing you to create flexible project plans, update schedules in real-time, and optimize resource allocation.

How does dynamic scheduling optimize resource allocation?

Dynamic scheduling in Microsoft Project optimizes resource allocation by providing a flexible project schedule that can adapt to changes in resource availability, ensuring efficient utilization and maximizing productivity.

How does dynamic scheduling streamline project execution?

Dynamic scheduling streamlines project execution by providing a real-time, updated project schedule that enables effective communication, task prioritization, and timely decision-making throughout the project lifecycle.

How does dynamic scheduling enhance collaboration within Microsoft Project?

Dynamic scheduling enhances collaboration in Microsoft Project by offering collaborative features that promote effective communication, facilitate teamwork, and foster a shared understanding of project goals and progress among team members.

How does dynamic scheduling help track progress and manage risks?

Dynamic scheduling in Microsoft Project helps track progress and manage project risks by providing real-time updates and customizable reports that allow you to identify potential bottlenecks, mitigate risks, and take proactive actions to keep your project on track.

How can dynamic scheduling in Microsoft Project leverage data and insights for continuous improvement?

Dynamic scheduling in Microsoft Project provides valuable data and insights for continuous improvement by analyzing project performance metrics, identifying trends, and making data-driven decisions to enhance project outcomes and increase overall efficiency.

Dale Howard Project MVP
Dale Howard
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About Me

Hello there Microsoft Project lovers! I’m Dale Howard and I’ve been a Microsoft Project MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for 20 years in a row and I’m currently one of only 26 Project MVPs in the entire world. Pretty exciting, right!?

If you post a question about any of Microsoft’s PPM tools on the public message boards, look to see who the moderator or person that has answered the questions and you see, it’s frequently me answering your questions. Some people like to golf, I love Microsoft Project helping the community get to understand Microsoft Project much better.

I’ve been teaching students at all levels for over 20 years and have taught thousands of users around the world. I’ve written and co-authored 23 books on Microsoft Project, Project Online, and Project Server so if you’re like me and like to read over watching a video, you can Check Out My Books on Amazon.

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