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Using a Finish By Field Instead of Deadline Dates in Microsoft Project

Background Information In my third and previous article in this series, I demonstrated how the use of Deadline dates can negatively impact the Total Slack calculations for tasks in your Microsoft Proj...

Exploring VBA Part II: Using VBA Forms to Create a Custom Interface – Transcription

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Ira Brown’s session, Exploring VBA: Microsoft Project’s Macro Language Part II, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You...

Understanding and Using Resource Graph View in MS Project

The Microsoft Project software tool comes with a number of view options, which, at a high level, can be thought of as Task Views and Resource Views. While views such as Gantt Chart, Team Planner, Reso...

Fun with Formatting of the Gantt Chart View

Default Formatting As you are probably already aware, the default formatting of the Gantt Chart pane, which is shown on the right side of the Gantt Chart view, is as follows: Detailed tasks are displa...

Top Frustration #3: Printing a Gantt Chart from MS Project

Printing a Gantt chart can be a frustrating experience if you don’t take time to get used to the way printing in Microsoft Project works. In MPUG’s recent top frustration survey, one responder explain...

Project Take-Over Checklist

Looking for Red Flags Periodically during my career at IBM, a live project would be thrown “over the fence,” and, inevitably, hit me on the head while I was working on another full-time project. These...

Milestone Reporting Using Gantt Charts in MS Project

Gantt charts are very popular with project managers and senior managers. They are primarily used to create and communicate project schedules but they can also be used for preparing status reports and ...

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

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...

Four Ways to Customize the Gantt Chart in MS Project

Gantt chart is the default view in MS Project. Since the inception of MS Project (MSP), Microsoft engineers have used Gantt chart as the default, although I have often wondered why they didn’t choose ...

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