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How to Rename a Microsoft Project through PWA

Here’s a situation that comes up often enough. Somebody creates a project in Microsoft Project Server 2010 or 2013 and gives it a particular name. Then later your project management office or business team decides to rename the project. Here’s how you can do that through Project Web Access (PWA).

1. Go to PWA and click “Project Center” in the left menu:


2. Find the project from the list that you would like to rename and do one of two things: Either select a cell other than the project name in the row or click the first empty cell on the left of the row. (A hint: Don’t click on the project name since that will bring up the project details page.)


3. Click on the “Projects” ribbon tab at the top, Click on “Open” in the dropdown and select, “In Project Web App for Editing.”


4. In the top of the left menu under the project name, click on “Project Information” or any project detail page that has a project “Name” field in it.


5. Change the name of the project in the “Name” field.

6. Click the “Save” button in the top left area of the ribbon.

7. You’ll see this message:

“The page and left navigation titles will not be updated with the new name of the project until the page has been reloaded.”

Click OK to get this message:


Next the “Save Job queued” message will pop out from the top right of the screen.

Faisal Masood Renaming a project in PWA figure 6.

Then you’ll see that your save was “completed successfully.”

Faisal Masood Renaming a project in PWA figure 7

At this point you can close the project and it will show the new name in PWA. I prefer to publish it just so that other database tables are updated as well.

8. Refresh the page to confirm the project has been renamed.


9. Click on the “Schedule” link at the top left.

10. In the “Schedule Tools” | “Task” tab in the ribbon, click on “Publish.”


11. Watch for these status messages popping up at the top right:

Save job queued
Publish completed successfully

12. Once the Publish operation is complete, click on the “Project” ribbon tab.

13. Click the Close button.


14. You’ll be presented with the Check-in message. Click Yes.


Some exceptions to be aware of: The “Tasks” page for team members will show the new project name, but the “Timesheet” page will show the old project name if it was created prior to your PWA project renaming. If that happens to you, delete or recall and create the timesheet again to show the new project name.

Faisal Masood
Written by Faisal Masood

Faisal Masood holds numerous credentials: PMP, CCNA, MCSE and MOS:

SharePoint 2013, MCITP and MCTS SharePoint 2010, MCSA Office 365, Microsoft

Specialist: MS Project 2013 and Azure certification. He has over 15 years of experience in technology, project and security management work. He’s the owner of Softvative, a technology solutions company with a focus on Microsoft Project Server EPM/PPM, SharePoint, website, security and technology management, optimization and automation. Visit Softvative’s Website and follow him on Twitter, Google+ and Slideshare. Or reach him at fm@faisalmasood.com.

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  1. When changing the project’s name, is the link to the project site retained? If not what needs to be done in order to retain that link from PWA?

  2. In addition to D Ahmed’s question above, does the Project GUID stay the same? So that any links to the Project Name will be maintained. Thank you.

  3. It does not change the name of the Project Site, but it keeps the link to it. There is a separate procedure for changing the Project Site name to match, if you care about keeping things consistent. This is the case for PRoject Server 2010 – I do not have experience in 2013.

  4. Ahmed / Jennifer,

    This MPUG article only covers renaming the project in PWA.

    I created a five posts series on different aspects of renaming a project in Project Server 2010. You can read all the five articles at this link

    Here are the individual posts

    1. Rename a Project in Microsoft Project Server – Part 1

    2. Rename a Project in Microsoft Project Server – Part 2

    3. Rename a Project in Microsoft Project Server – Part 3

    4. Rename a Project in Microsoft Project Server – Part 4

    5. Rename a Project in Microsoft Project Server – Part 5


    Faisal Masood – PMP
    Website: http://www.softvative.com
    Blog: http://www.softvative.com/blog


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