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Where’s My Group Field Name?

Recently I was building an old standard view in a new project. The view spec displayed the grouped custom field name in the group bar. When I grouped by Work Area (Fig. 1), the field name disappeared (Fig. 2)!

When I asked a couple of proficient users, what am I doing wrong? They gave a couple possible explanations. One thought was that Project versions were different and the feature changed. Then we thought that the old view may be corrupted and was not displaying properly; and to refresh the view with a new setup!

When I copied the view from someone whose view displayed the way I wanted, with the field name on the group-bar; I immediately realized what was different! It wasn’t that the Project versions were different, nor an issue of view corruption. It is the fact that when a Lookup is applied to a grouped field, Project ignores the field name. If I suspend the lookup, by selecting the “None” radio button (Fig. 3), I get the field name I expected (Fig. 4)!

Now I know why my Group Field Name disappeared!

Figure 1. Grouped Field (Text1) with Custom attributes – Lookup Table

Figure 2. Group Custom Field (Text1) with Custom attributes – no group field name showing on bar

Figure 3. Custom Fields with Custom attributes set to None

Figure 4. Group Custom Field (Text1) with No Custom attributes – field name showing on bar


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Written by Angelo Arcoleo

Angelo Arcoleo, PMP,  brings over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, planning and training.

He leads projects and teams to plan and execute critical projects utilizing his experience, quiet-leadership, passion and versatility to work with anyone.

He is a professionally trained civil engineer and has a bachelor of science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Angelo is a Master Scheduler for Harris Corp., formerly Exelis, in the Geospatial Systems Division. He holds an Orange Belt in Microsoft Office Project and is President of the Western New York Chapter of MPUG and a training consultant.

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