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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live!

    Today we're excited to share all session recordings from Project Conference 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona with the greater Project community. Over 1250 people from 44 countries made the trip--75% for the very first time. The week featured 94 handpicked sessions with 20 delivered by customers eager to share...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging Office 365 for Project Collaboration Success

    Update 2/8/2012: You can view the entire video series on the Microsoft Project YouTube channel. http://bit.ly/wUCAYg Earlier this month our friends on the Office 365 team shared a link via Twitter to an article by technology writer Will Kelly . Entitled " Microsoft Office 365 for Project Managers...
  • Blog Post: Impress the family: Make Thanksgiving Day a success with Project 2010

    Brian Kennemer over at Deltabahn , a Microsoft Partner specializing in Project Server deployment consulting, recently updated his Thanksgiving dinner project plan and we wanted to share it with you all. You can download the .mpp file here . This is just a guide, but a great example of how flexible the...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Creating New Views

    In Project 2010, we’ve simplified the view creation process down to two steps. Step 1 : Update your current view to something that you want to save. In this example, I’ve inserted a few columns and applied a group to the Task Usage view. Step 2 : On the View tab, from any of the...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Work offline from Project Server

    There are a number of reasons why you might want to work offline from Project Server. One, you might want to work on a project while flying across the country (but don’t take your eyes off the instrument panel). Two, the network you are using goes down unexpectedly while you’re are in the middle of managing...
  • Blog Post: Wrangling with the Timeline

    The new Timeline in Project 2010 has become an very popular way to present Project information quickly and attractively. Problem is, you can get a little carried away putting all your tasks on the Timeline, and then have trouble selecting only a few tasks to copy into another program, like PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Out with the old menus and in with the new ribbon

    Can’t find your favorite Project 2007 menu commands on the new ribbon for Project 2010? Now you have a clever tool that maps the old menus with the new look. Click here , and then click the Project Guide. An interactive guide will start that displays Project 2007. Choose a command on any of the menus...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Deleting summary tasks

    One nice thing about summary tasks is that changes to them get reflected (or “rolled down”) to their subtasks. This is fine if you want to move summary tasks around, because all the subtasks move with them. But if you want to delete a summary task, then all the subtasks (and any subtasks under those...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: See work at a glance with the Calendar View

    Whether chiseled onto ancient stone walls, or hung from your kitchen wall, calendars are often the preferred way to view the progress of events, tasks, and even entire projects. So, too, with the Calendar view in Project 2007 and Project 2010. If you need project information presented in an attractive...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks for Project Show filtered tasks with other tasks

    Sometimes, when filtering tasks, wouldn’t it be great if you could see filtered tasks with all the tasks, at the same time? Maybe you want to view filtered tasks within the context of all tasks. For example, Knowing which tasks have deadlines and which don’t can help you prioritize tasks by deciding...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Changing Constraints Back to Normal

    Now you’ve done it. You created a number of tasks in Project 2007 using start dates that you entered manually. Or maybe someone handed you a schedule with many “Must Start On” constraints applied to tasks. Unless you have a good reason to use non-default constraints or manually entered dates on tasks...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Modify the baseline in Project 2007

    Change is inevitable. Adding new tasks to a project that has already been approved and baselined can be troublesome—to you and stakeholders. But don’t fret. You don’t need to set a new baseline to take into account the new tasks. Just update the old baseline. To modify the baseline that has already been...
  • Blog Post: New Project Fan Page on Facebook

    In our never-ending quest to spread the word about Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project 2010, we now have an official fan page on Facebook! Our news feed includes links to articles on MSDN, TechNet, and Office Online, as well as posts on this blog. You can choose to see our posts in your Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Project sleuthing with Task Drivers to troubleshoot planning woes

    One thing is certain in project management—change. If you're being a good project manager, expect lots of changes to the schedule. You need a tool to help you keep track of changes and to give you back control of your schedule. Welcome to Task Drivers. In Project 2007, select a task. On the Project...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: More Keyboard Shortcuts

    Thanks to the users who suggested that all of us in Project-land should post more keyboard shortcuts. Here are some more. Some of the following come from user comment postings, and some of my own that I use daily. Please keep your comments pouring in. Here you go: Indent a task ALT + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Create Deadline Dates

    Deadline dates are handy way to alert you to problems in your schedule, but they are often overlooked. Project managers will often try to create a deadline for a task by setting a task's start date or finish date. But entering the start and finish date sets a date constraint (or restriction) on the task...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Tweak the Timescale

    You may not be able to speed up time in your project, but you can speed up the timescale-that is, how you use the timescale in views like the Gantt chart. If you've spent any time in Project, you may have wasted a lot of effort either scrolling the timescale or changing its time units. Fiddling with...
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