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Three Reporting Questions

Recently, Jacques Goupil of MS Project Now! hosted the first of three MPUG WebNLearn sessions on the topic of Project reporting. The following are three questions that surfaced during the event. Members can log in and watch the recorded on-demand session.

Can you wrap text in Project 2007?

Answer: Microsoft Project 2007 will only wrap text in table fields if all of the following conditions exist:

  • The row height is set to a number greater than 1. Thus if you have a default Gantt chart, you’ll need to resize the tasks’ row height to see text wrapping.
  • The column width is too narrow to display all the text on one line.
  • The text includes spaces between words. If you have one long word, then it won’t wrap.

If these conditions don’t exist, you need to increase the row height and others manually to get Project 2007 to wrap text.
However, Project 2010 wraps text automatically.

Can both Project 2007 and Project 2010 be installed on the same workstation? I would like to start using v2010 but everyone else at my work uses either 2007 or 2003.

Answer: Yes you can have both Project 2007 and Project 2010 installed on your workstation (given that it meets the requirements, which are very minimal). However, you can’t have both versions open at the same time. Only one version (either Project 2007 or Project 2010) per workstation can be open at a time.

When resources are shared, what happens to the resource being allocated for the same time across multiple projects?

Answer: Project 2010 Professional and Standard offer the Resource Pool functionality. If a resource is shared, you can see that resource’s availability and assignments across all projects that are using the same Shared Resource Pool.

 

Written by Jacques Goupil

Jacques Goupil, PMP, MCP, MCTS, is the Business Development Managing  Director at PPM Works, Inc.,  a consultancy focused on delivering project, portfolio, and business management solutions. He has been implementing Microsoft Project solutions since 1998 and has over 15 years of professional experience in project management software design, implementation, and development.  Coming from a Program Management background, Jacques has successfully implemented PMOs at many Top 50 firms and he shares his experience and knowledge as a guest speaker and panelist at several industry conferences (including the Microsoft Project Conference, PMI Conferences, and the Project Summit).  He was selected by Microsoft as the Lead SME for the Microsoft Certification Exam, Managing Projects and is a Certification Instructor Microsoft Project Users Group.  He is currently on the Board of Directors at the Boston YMCA and two Microsoft Project Users Group Chapters.  Jacques motto is ‘Health and Family first’ and he shares his passion as a community volunteer and family advocate.  He is currently training for the 2014 Boston Marathon (his 14th Boston).  Most recently Jacques delivered a full credit Professional Development Day for PMI and presented at Project Summit 2013 on topics including Project Server 2013, Project Online, as well as PMO Development.  Connect to his professional network or send him an e-mail at: Jacques.Goupil@ppmworks.com.

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