24 08, 2021

Quickly Determine if a Task Has Been Baselined

By |2021-08-25T12:15:19-04:00August 24th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Manually Checking for Unbaselined Tasks How do you know whether a task has been baselined in a Microsoft Project schedule? The direct way to determine if a task has been baselined is to apply any task view, such as the Gantt Chart view, and then to apply the Baseline table. To apply the Baseline [...]

7 08, 2021

Overview of New Features in Project for the Web

By |2021-08-07T14:06:13-04:00August 7th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Overview Ever since the introduction of Project for the Web in late 2019, Microsoft has slowly but steadily rolled out new features for this software application. In this blog post article, I want to document the major new features added recently to Project for the Web, which include the following: New actions on the [...]

13 07, 2021

Create a Change Requests Table in Microsoft Project

By |2021-07-13T12:24:07-04:00July 13th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information If you are a user of the Microsoft Project desktop application, there is no built-in method for tracking change request activity in your project schedule. However, you can create a custom table that will address your change request tracking needs. For example, to track change requests in my Microsoft Project schedules, I might [...]

11 06, 2021

Fun with Formatting of the Gantt Chart View

By |2021-06-11T13:39:19-04:00June 11th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Default Formatting As you are probably already aware, the default formatting of the Gantt Chart pane, which is shown on the right side of the Gantt Chart view, is as follows: Detailed tasks are displayed with a light blue Gantt bar with the names of the assigned resources shown at the right end of the [...]

24 05, 2021

Allow Project Managers Read-Only Access to All Projects in Project Online

By |2021-05-24T11:39:57-04:00May 24th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background By default, the security permissions in Project Online and Microsoft Project Server only allow project managers to open and edit their own projects, and do not allow project managers to see anyone else’s projects in either Microsoft Project or the Project Center page in Project Web App. However, a common security requirement in many [...]

5 05, 2021

Create a Hammock Task

By |2021-05-05T13:41:39-04:00May 5th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background A common need for many project managers who use Microsoft Project is to create a task that spans the entire timeframe of the project, from the Start date of the project to the Finish date of the project. An additional need is to have the Duration of the task calculated automatically, so that if [...]

19 04, 2021

Extending the Resource Usage View

By |2021-04-19T10:36:45-04:00April 19th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

The Resource Usage view is a powerful view in Microsoft Project. The Usage table on the left side of the view displays each resource in your project team, along with the tasks to which each resource is assigned. The Usage table includes the Work column, which shows the total amount of Work assigned to each [...]

6 04, 2021

Understanding Calculation Options in Microsoft Project

By |2021-04-06T15:44:08-04:00April 6th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information In the realm of little-used features in Microsoft Project, there are a couple of Project Options settings worth noting. These are the calculation options found on the Advanced page of the Project Options dialog. To view these options, click the File tab and then click the Options tab in the Backstage. In the [...]

24 03, 2021

Project for the Web – Export to a PDF Document

By |2021-03-24T15:57:36-04:00March 24th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Project for the Web was first released in 2019. Since then, Microsoft has continued to add new content to this lightweight project management application on a regular basis. In fact, feel free to take a look at the blog post with a video that I created back in November 2020 about the new Export to [...]

17 03, 2021

Thinking About Elapsed Durations

By |2021-03-17T16:00:17-04:00March 17th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

What is Elapsed Duration? Microsoft Project offers an unusual scheduling option known as Elapsed Duration. In the Duration column for any task, you can enter a Duration value two different ways: You can enter the Duration value as a regular time value, such as 5 Days. You can enter a Duration value as an Elapsed [...]

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