Okay, so printing in Microsoft Office Project 2007 might be a little more complex than you're used to. We'll give you that. Need some help figuring out how to get your project data printed and looking professional? Read on.
Printing a view
The first step in printing a view is to set up the view itself so that everything you want to print is displayed appropriately. This may involve things like showing or hiding columns (video), changing row height and wrapping text, or changing column titles in sheet views. If you want to print multiple projects in a single view, you might try printing a consolidated project, which enables you to sort, filter, or group the tasks and resources across multiple projects, all in one printable view.
Once you have the view set up the way you'd like it to print, the next step is to adjust your printing options. If you are printing a Calendar view, you'll need to specify the number of months or weeks you want to print. When printing a view, you can choose to print all notes in the project, or even add a header, footer, or legend.
With your view and printing options all set up, you're ready to print a view. You can even print your project plan to a PDF file, if you'd rather work with a soft copy.
Another option for printing your project data is to generate reports and print those. You can create and print a basic report, a custom basic report, or a visual report.
What's the difference? Basic reports and custom basic reports are generated within Project, and offer a limited reporting experience. Visual reports are generated in Microsoft Office Excel 2007/2003, and Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007, and use PivotTables and PivotDiagrams to provide a rich, dynamic reporting environment. With this flexibility, visual reports provide a more agile reporting solution than basic reports.
Visual reports are printed through Excel and Visio. For more information on printing in these applications, see the following Help areas:
· Saving and printing in Excel 2007
· Printing in Visio 2007
With so many printing options, it's understandable that you might run into trouble. The following articles may help:
· What I see on the screen is not what prints
· It takes too long to print my project
· Gridlines don't print
· Columns don't print right
If you are a project manager who wants to create a project using Project Server 2007, you have two ways of connecting to it. You can connect directly using a Web browser and a URL given to you by an administrator, or you can connect through Project Professional 2007 on your desktop, which is explained explain in this video.
If you're new to Project 2007, or even new to project management in general, the Up to speed with Project 2007 video series might be the basic training you're looking for. This six-part series covers the basic elements of project management and the Project 2007 interface, as well as how to start a new project, create relationships between tasks, use calendars, build a team, identify project costs, check project progress, and generate reports. The entire series can be viewed in less than an hour, providing a quick way to ramp up and get started managing your projects using Project 2007.
Check out the new help content that has been added over the past few months.
The Project 2007 Resource Center includes descriptions and links to three videos that were posted in October:
· Timesheet Customizations for Project Server 2007
· Working with the Project Server 2007 Reporting Database
· Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Project Server 2007
Watch this: Up to speed with Project 2007
This six-part video series is designed to help you ramp up on project management and Microsoft Office Project 2007.
How your project fits into the big picture
This article describes how a project relates to other organizational terms, such as phases, processes, portfolios, and products. It also covers a project's deliverables, including products, results, and services.
Ten Things You Can Learn about Project Management from Britney Spears
This podcast is a light-hearted explanation of basic project management concepts, using Britney Spears career as an example.
Video: Connect to Project Server from Project Professional
This video explains how to connect to Project Server from within Project Professional, and helps to demystify the ambiguities in the process.
Every Project Plan is a triangle
This article explains at a very high level the underlying premise of project management-that every successful project needs to weigh three critical things.
Up to speed with Project [This is a few months old, but has continually been updated, and is now complete with all new videos]
Take a tour across Project with videos about core concepts.
Requirements for using SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services with the Project Server 2007 Cube Building Service
This article provides instructions and guidance to use the Project Server 2007 Cube Building Service with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services. It describes configuration requirements, procedures, best practices, and error messages that you might encounter.
This is the newest article in the "From the Trenches - Deploying the EPM Solution in the Real World" column by Chris Vandersluis. Additional articles by Chris Vandersluis can also be found at the Project Server TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=134762&clcid=0x409).
Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)
This article describes how to install Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 cumulative updates.
Office Project Server 2007 Technical Library in Compiled Help format (Updated for November)
The entire library for Office Project Server 2007 is now available as a downloadable .chm file. This download includes all content in the library as of November 6, 2008. This download will be updated monthly.
TechNet Virtual Lab: Enterprise Project Management and Data Visualization using Microsoft BI Tools and Solutions
This lab shows you how to leverage the portfolio of Microsoft business intelligence tools and solutions applied-but not limited to-Enterprise Project Management (EPM) data. This lab will also help you discover how to leverage Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Office Project Server 2007, SQL Reporting Services 2005, Microsoft Office Visio 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Dashboard, and Project KPIs to provide full-feature solutions to solve customer requirements for Office Project Server 2007.
Plan for disaster recovery in Project Server 2007
This series of articles describes best practices for planning a disaster recovery solution for Project Server 2007.
Planning for fault tolerance and availability in Project Server 2007
This topic provides planning guidance for fault tolerance and availability in a Project Server 2007 deployment.
Enterprise disaster recovery for Project Server 2007
This series of topics describes procedures and best practices for backing up and restoring Project Server 2007 using SQL Server tools.