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    Thore Klink

    Dear community,
    Is there an easy way to load different MS Project level schedules into one?
    In detail: We have one masterplan which includes links to other project plans and tasks of those plans. These schedules are a kind of sub schedules with lower levels but have more than one link to the masterplan.
    Is it possible to add all plans of one project into one plan to analyse it in total with all cross links? Doing it manually isn’t handy enough and messes everything up.
    Don’t hesitate to contact me if questions arise.
    Thanks a lot in advance.

    #361910 Reply
    Larry Christofaro

    Not sure if it is as simple as inserting the sub-projects into the master project (Project tab / Subproject)? This will give you all projects combined into a single project. If you are new to this I would initially be careful before saving the master project and sub-projects as a single unit. Some basics like not moving any of the projects is the same as using external links. I just might do a little searching online to get comfortable is all. Let me know if it is more than that. Hope that helps.

    #361956 Reply
    Thomas Boyle

    Thore (and Larry),

    This seems to be close to the prototypical application for Master/Subprojects. Yes, they are very susceptible to file and link corruption, but they seem to work for some people.

    Based on some other forums, there is a common recommendation to create a new, empty master/consolidation project, then add all the other projects to it as linked sub-projects. Then analyze away. The file corruptions come into play after you attempt to save these files, give them different names, move them to new directories, etc. So one recommendation is to never save this bit.

    So far I have had reasonable success keeping a master and four or five sub-projects in a common folder, then archiving the entire folder (to .rar or .zip file with its own date/name) on a monthly basis. Sharing out sub-projects for updating by others is always the plan, but the details never seem to work out that way. Merging different subproject versions back into the master is definitely a headache….

    Yes, google here (or Bing) is your friend….

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