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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 [...]

10 03, 2021

Saving and Using Personal Templates in Microsoft Project

By |2021-03-10T11:09:57-05:00March 10th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information A few weeks ago, I created a Tips and Tricks video on creating and using personal templates in Microsoft Project. The step that is required for using personal templates is not obvious, so that I thought I would write a blog post article about this process. Saving a Personal Project Template You can [...]

23 02, 2021

Disable Automatic Recalculation in a Very Large Project

By |2021-02-23T11:04:19-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

What is a Very Large Project? One of the challenges of managing a very large project in Microsoft Project is the amount of time it takes for the software to recalculate the project. What constitutes a very large project, you may ask? Generally speaking, a very large project meets one or more of the following [...]

22 01, 2021

Microsoft Project Quick Tip: Using the Predecessors Column to Select Multiple Predecessors

By |2021-01-22T11:47:16-05:00January 22nd, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Many years ago, in Microsoft Project for DOS, the only way to set task dependencies was to manually type task ID numbers into either the Predecessors or Successors column for each task in the project. In the Windows versions of Microsoft Project, however, we have also had the option to link tasks by selecting two [...]

21 12, 2020

Understanding and Using Cost Rate Tables

By |2020-12-21T10:34:27-05:00December 21st, 2020|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information While you perform resource planning in your projects by adding resources to your project team in the Resource Sheet view, you may need to enter basic and custom cost information for those resources. At a minimum, your organization may require you to enter resource cost rates in the Standard Rate and Overtime Rate [...]

10 12, 2020

Gantt Chart Wizard: A Blast Out of the Past

By |2020-12-10T12:43:33-05:00December 10th, 2020|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background I was recently reading the latest posts in the Project Standard and Professional user forum, when I found a recent reply to a question that was originally posted in March 2011. I was greatly amused that anyone would reply to a post that was so old and that was marked as answered so long [...]

2 11, 2020

New Functionality in Project for the Web – Export to Excel

By |2020-11-02T11:26:24-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Microsoft Project Tips|

During the week of October 26, Microsoft added some major new functionality to Project for the web. The new Export to Excel feature exports every column of data from the project, including both default and custom columns, into the resulting Microsoft Excel workbook. I really like how this functionality works, as the resulting Excel workbook [...]

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