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Dale Howard

About: Dale Howard

Dale Howard is the Director of Education for PROJILITY. He has used Microsoft Project since version 4.0 for Windows 95 and he has used the Microsoft PPM tool since the first version of released as Project Central in the year 2000. He is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He is currently one of only 28 Microsoft Project MVPs in the entire world and one of only 6 in the United States.

All Articles and Webinars by Dale Howard

Microsoft Project Quick Tip: Set the Split Bar Location for All New Blank Projects

Written on June 22, 2020, by

Background One minor issue I have with Microsoft Project is that it places the split bar to the right of the Resource Names column by default every time I launch the software and create a new blank project, such as shown in Figure 1. I would prefer that the software dock the split bar on…

Set Date Formatting by Project

Written on April 13, 2020, by

Background There was an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Project user forum. The question was so interesting, as was my answer to the question, that I wanted to share this information with you. A Microsoft Project desktop user needed to know how to set the date formatting on a project by project basis. He…

Webinar Recap: Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project

Written on March 20, 2020, by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content….

Microsoft Project Trivia: Options Settings – Where Are They Stored?

Written on March 16, 2020, by

Background I answered in question recently in the Project Online General Questions and Answers user forum. The user asked a question was about the leveling options found in the Resource Leveling dialog and how to distribute those leveling options settings to other Microsoft Project users in his organization. I thought the question was interesting, and…

Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project

Written on March 11, 2020, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: Microsoft Project is a scheduling tool, and the schedule of every project is based on one or more calendars. In this high-energy webinar, Dale Howard will discuss…

Do Calendars or Scheduling Have You Stumped?!

Written on February 28, 2020, by

  Microsoft Project is a powerful scheduling tool, but how exactly does the software schedule?  The answer is found in a single word: calendars.  In fact, the schedule of every project is based on one or more calendars. Have you ever wondered how to do any of the following? Configure the Standard calendar in your Microsoft…

What Are the Most Important Options Settings in Microsoft Project?

Written on February 3, 2020, by

Introduction Microsoft Project offers three types of options in the Project Options dialog. These option types include: Application Options – These options control how the software looks and works, and they impact every project you open. You only need to set these options once, as they are not project-specific. Project-Specific Options – You can set…

Project Quick Tip: Reset a View Back to Its Default Settings

Written on January 24, 2020, by

Suppose that several days ago, you customized the Gantt Chart view by making a number of changes to the view. These changes include customizing the appearance of the Gantt Chart pane, adding several columns and removing several other columns in the Entry table, and applying cell background colors to several of the tasks in the…

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

Written on January 17, 2020, by

Background Information One of the challenges for project managers is understanding “what changed” after they approve pending task updates in the Approval Center page in Project Web App. In the current versions of Project Online and Project Server, it is not easy to determine the schedule changes in the enterprise project after approving the pending…

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

Written on December 6, 2019, by

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise Global file in either Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. First of all, what do I mean when I use the…

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