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Ask the Expert: Import Excel Data into Project – Tips & Troubleshooting

MS Project’s import/export function is not as clear cut as it seems, but if you follow some of the tips below the procedure should work more smoothly for you. The design of the data, the wording of the Excel tabs, column headings, and options all need to be considered to have import/export working in a…

Insert a Manual Page Break

One of the questions that comes up occasionally in the Microsoft Answers user forum for Microsoft Project is, “How can I insert a manual page break for printing in a Microsoft Project file?” In the 2007 version and earlier, users could click the Insert menu and then select the Page Break item. With the release…

Beware of ‘AutoLink Inserted or Moved Tasks’ Setting in Microsoft Project

There are several configuration settings available in Microsoft Project that control how the tool looks and behaves. Many of the settings are merely personal preferences, but some can be dangerous to your project schedule if you do not understand them and configure them properly. You can view or update these settings through the ‘Project Options’…

Beware of Auto Save in Microsoft Project!

You may initially think that Microsoft Project’s auto save feature can be a great life saver… but beware! When you save a project schedule in Microsoft Project — either manually or automatically — all of your ‘undo’ operations are removed. Prior to the save: After the save (notice the ‘Undo’ button on the Quick Access…

Project Options You Want to Know About

When I teach a Microsoft Project or Project Server class, it’s often the Project Options that gather audience interest early on. Most of the Options below relate to simple user interface conveniences, but they can really improve usability to otherwise generic out-of-the-box configurations. Please note this article focuses on Microsoft Project 2010 and will provide…

The Art and Science of Estimating Task Lengths

Project management is both an art and a science. Estimating task durations and work draw on the project manager skills and experience. Estimates take into consideration factors such as resource skill, history, and experience. In this lesson, we’ll look at estimating duration and work. Estimating is the ability to make an educated guess as to…

Certification Insider: Making Resource Assignments Realistic

Just as the clothes you buy never look like they do on the model in a catalog, your real-world resource assignments usually don’t fit quite right the first time around. Microsoft Project 2007’s resource assignment features can help you tailor resource assignments until they model reality. This month, you’ll learn how to assign part-time workers…

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