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


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 the right edge of the Duration column instead, so that I do not need to manually set the split bar location every time I create a new blank project.

Figure 1: Split bar in the wrong location



To place the split bar in a specific location for every new blank project you create, complete the following steps:

1. Launch Microsoft Project and create a new blank project.

2. Apply the Gantt Chart view, if not already applied.

3. Drag the split bar in the location where you want to see it in every new blank project, such as docked on the right side of the Duration

4. Click the File tab and then click the Info tab in the Backstage.

5. On the Info page of the Backstage, click the Organizer button to display the Organizer

6. On the View page of the Organizer dialog, select the Gantt Chart item on the right side of the dialog (in the active project), and then click the << Copy button to copy the view to the left side of the dialog (into the Global.mpt file).

Figure 2: Organizer dialog


7. When prompted in a confirmation dialog about overwriting the Gantt Chart view in the Global.mpt file, such as shown in Figure 3, click the Yes

Figure 3: Confirmation dialog


8. Click the Close button to close the Organizer

9. Press the Escape key on your computer keyboard to exit the Backstage.

The next time you create a new blank project, Microsoft Project will dock the split bar exactly where you want to see it. For example, Figure 4 shows a new blank project I created after completing the preceding set of steps. Notice that the software correctly docked the split bar on the right edge of the Duration column as I wanted.

Figure 4: Split bar docked in correct location


Dale Howard
Written by 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.

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