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Import Task: Review Task Name Conflicts

When you import a task from your source project to your destination project, any task naming conflicts that occur must be resolved. Two tasks cannot co-exist in a project using the same name, so when you import a task that has the same name as a task already contained in the destination project, the imported task must be renamed. A complete list of all task conflicts displays in the Task Name Conflicts panel.

To display the Task Name Conflicts page of the Task Import wizard, from the File menu, choose Import Tasks. Task Name Conflicts is the fourth or fifth panel of the wizard.

The default specification of how to handle task naming conflicts is set in the Task Import Options dialog box. Depending on your selection in the Task Import Options dialog box, the task name conflict list varies:

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Import as new tasks Since imported tasks are added as new tasks to the destination project, the amended name, using the naming extension set on the Task Import Options dialog box, is used. For example, test and test_import are listed as a conflict. What this means is in order to differentiate between the two tasks; the imported task is renamed test_import. Now, in the destination project, there will be two tasks; test and test_import.
Replace existing tasks The original task will be replaced in the destination project by the imported task. This option must be selected in the Task Import Options dialog box. There is no need to rename the task as the imported task will overwrite the task in the destination project.

Replace Original: You always have the option of replacing the original task, in the destination project, with the imported task. Select the task you want to use to replace the original in the destination project and select this option. In the Task Name Conflicts list the change is noted.

Original Name: This is the original name of the task as it appears in the source project. This field cannot be modified but is available for reference.

New Name: You can modify the amended name which was set on the Task Import Options dialog box. Enter the new name you want to use for the imported task.

Rename: Click this button to apply the new name to the selected task or tasks.

Information, Warnings, and Errors

Naming conflicts are typically caused by either not following standard naming conventions, or by having the identical task name used in different projects.

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