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Smartsheet Dependencies

How to add a dependency between two tasks in Smartsheet

This article will show you how to create a dependency between a predecessor and a successor task in Smartsheet.

Linking Predecessors and Successors in Smartsheet

To set up basic dependencies in Smartsheet, follow these steps:

  1. To enable dependencies in Smartsheet, click on the gear at the top right, and under Dependencies Settings, select the Dependencies enabled checkbox.

    Smartsheet dependency settings

  2. In the same window, Project Settings, select which columns to use for the Predecessor and Duration:

    Smartsheet project settings

  3. In your Smartsheet project, locate the row that a predecessor is needed and type the row number for the item that comes first in the Predecessor column.

    Link two Smartsheet tasks together to create a predecessor.

Changing the Relationship between Depdendencies

Once you have established basic dependencies in Smartsheet, you can adjust the logic between the predecessor and successor to create more complex relationships.

  1. Left-click into the first cell under the Task Name column and type in the name of your task.

    Assign a task name in Smartsheet

  2. To change the relationship between dependents and their predecessors in Smartsheet, navigate to Edit Predecessors, which is accessible by selecting the predecessor cell and clicking the pencil on the right.

    Change the Smartsheet predecessor relationship.

  3. Choose from the following dependency types in the Edit Predecessors window.

    • Finish-to-Start (FS): Start after the predecessor finishes.
    • Finish-to-Finish (FF): Finish at the same time the predecessor finishes.
    • Start-to-Start (SS): Start at the same time the predecessor starts.
    • Start-to-Finish (SF): Finish before the predecessor starts.

    Once done, hit OK.

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