4 Simple Ways to Show Critical Path in Primavera P6

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Are you in a rush construction project? When we see the planning using Primavera P6, not all projects show critical path. Or sometimes, we just forget how to show critical path in Primavera P6 because of special request from our boss. In this post, I am going to tell you how to show critical path in Primavera P6.

The First Way to show critical path in Primavera P6 is by checking the Gantt Chart. This is the simplest way. This is the standard way. If you see red connecting line, that is the critical path.What if there is no Red Line? Then you can judge that the Critical Path is determine by the Longest Path. This condition happens when you have “Must Finish By” date set on the project. In this case, you can tell Primavera P6 to determine that the Longest Path is the Critical Path. How to determine the Longest Path as Critical Path? First, click “Options“. Then, find “Define Critical Activities as“. Then, choose “Longest Path“. Then “Schedule“. By now, you must see the red line.

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The Second Way to show critical path in Primavera P6 is by using “edit columns”. When you see columns “Critical” and “Longest Path“, you can now tell which activities are the critical path.

The Third Way to show critical path in Primavera P6 is by using a filter. Click “filter” button to turn on the Critical Path filter. Then Primavera P6 will show Critical Activities. You can see the Longest Path too, if you want.

The Fourth Way to show critical path in Primavera P6 is to check the schedule log. Simply press F9 and make sure the box labeled “Log to File” is checked. Then, click “View Log“. Then, you will get a notepad file that you should open. Then, you can scroll down to find “Exceptions“. You should see the “Critical Activities” around here.

So, did you succeed to show critical path in Primavera P6? If yes, please tell me. If you think that this will be useful for others, please share. Please subscribe for more updates. Have a nice Planning day!

3 Responses

  1. Joko says:

    Thanks, complete and nice information,..

  2. Leo says:

    I have never thought about the fourth way to show critical path in primavera p6 before..
    haha
    Thanks!

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