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Changing default working hours from 8 hr/day to 4 hr/day in Microsoft project 2013?

I am learning to use MS Project for a student project and trying to change the default working hours. I am not able to make this configuration change. How does one modify this setting? I tried ...
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How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating? [closed]

need to solve this question: How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating?
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Working with a pool/group of resources

How can I effectively work with a pool of team member (nor the usual resource pool share file in project)? Let me rephrase. My resources are spread into pools/groups, that share the same skills and ...
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Do you use the WBS or Project Program to structure tasks in MS Project?

When I first started using Microsoft Project, I took it for granted that I should replicate the WBS in the task list and use that to structure my work packages. After working with Project a little ...
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Level Remaining Resource Units

My goal is to optimize resource usage when having priority tasks partially allocated. MS Project 2007 simple two task scenario (My project has thousands of tasks) with automatic leveling: ...
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When a budget cost resource is assigned, the progress bar for the project summary task disappears

I'm using Microsoft Project Professional 2013 with Microsoft Project Server 2013. When a budget cost resource is assigned to the project summary task, the project summary task's progress bar ...
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Successor with Finish-to-start relationship starts at the same time as predecessor

When adding a task with a relationship Finish-to-Start, successor task starts at the same time as predecessor task. I have tried moving the task by dragging the second task, but then another problem ...
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Unable to schedule a 4-hour task completed over 2 days in Gantt Chart

I'm trying to create a detailed Gantt chart, using MS Project 2013, for a project in one of my courses. Being a student, I'm not working the same number of hours every day. For example, I may have a ...
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Scheduling tasks to start today

I have a plan that's broke up into a few stages. I want to schedule the first couple tasks in stage 2 to start as soon as possible, there are no predecessors for these tasks. My tasks in the middle of ...
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View project plan by week in a tabular format

There is a way to view your project plan in a table broken down by tasks ongoing in each week. I cannot for the life of me remember how to do this, and I'm not having any luck searching. Does anyone ...
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Let MS Project 2010 assign resources to tasks?

Technical question concerning MS Project 2010: I have a Gantt with a list of tasks. For each task I have the work defined (ex: 2 wks). Each task can only have one person (resource) assigned to it. ...
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Showing Microsoft Project files to people without Project

The project managers at my company were asked to use Microsoft Project 2013 to track our projects, but many of the business stakeholders do not have Project installed. It looks like I cannot just ...
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How to change the arrow icon which is displayed as the deadline indicator

Usually the Deadline icon is shown as arrow in the Gantt Chart. It is possible to change by right clicking and selecting format. Is it possible to show the deadline as a single line, just like ...
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How to permit multiple Project Managers to update a shared project

I have searched and not found an answer for this (nor did Google help). We are on Project Server 2007. I am running a large program with multiple project managers handling different parts of the ...
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Update project plan, rescheduling and dates

I'm trying to understand the update function in MS Project 2010 and I hope you can help. Let's say I have a road-project where I have divided a task in to several activities based on where the task ...
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How do I auto-level a project mid-duration taking into account % complete on tasks?

I have a MS Project 2007 plan with six months of work in it. I'm updating the % Work Complete on the tasks as we progress through the plan each week and month. I'm moving the "Project Start" date ...
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How do I create a task to obtain something with cost in MS Project?

I would like to setup a project that allows me to keep track of obtaining equipment for a business. Basically I the "progress" is the funds generated or the equipment obtained(e.g., if I stole it then ...
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MS Project 2010: Can I define an “overhead” task?

I have an "overhead" task for tracking work related to administration of a project. As such, the project requires about 5 hours of administrative overhead work per week of its existence. How can I ...
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MS Project how to compare “% Complete” with “Planned % Complete”

I need to have a column to show “Planned % Complete” for a certain date that I will compare with “% Complete” column. Now “% Complete” formula is cstr(IIf([Duration]=0,0,100*[Actual ...
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Simple examples of the difference between fixed-work, fixed-unit, and fixed-duration tasks in MS Project

In Project, tasks can have fixed work, unit, or duration, and the help documentation defines the formula relating the three variables as Duration x Units = Work There's even a pretty good example ...
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MS Project: How to set a Resource work by hour regardless of work days?

Please kindly help me find way to solve in MS Project. I have two Resources below: Employee_A = 4 hours per week only, but can work any day Employee_B = 12 hours per week only, but can work any day ...
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Difference in %complete after rescheduling between MSP 2007 and 2010

I have a file that has a single task. its fixed duration and is not effort driven and no resource is defined. duration is set to 10 days. after 5 days, %complete is 10%. after entering this data and ...
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Example Gantt charts in proposals - how to remove dates in MS Project?

We are a B2B service provider. Many of our potential customers want to see a Gantt chart in the proposal. These are created based on a broadly estimated start date. Our problem: our clients aren't ...
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Getting estimated working time from MS Project

Our company has just recently started using MS Project Professional 2010 and we plan to eventually have a Project Server installation. I've created a few projects so far, but still claim to be a ...
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MS Project, Custom Field to show Completed Tasks with Lag

Is it possible to create a custom field that tests if a completed task has a predecessor or successor with lag? Update: I've solved my problem bellow. I had inherited a large project which had not ...
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MS Project 2010 Finish Date changes unexpectedly

I am using MS Project 2010. My Task Type is defined as Fixed Work. I have tried Fixed Duration and it only seemed to make the matter worse. I have a task that spans 10 days (2 weeks). However, the ...
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How to not count the duration of non-working days of a calendar in Microsoft Project?

I have a plan in MS Project. I have a resource that can't work 5 days per week, so I have negotiated with him to work just 3 days per week. In the plan, I changed his calendar for Thursday and Friday ...
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Removing Orphan Entries from an MS Project Resource Pool?

We are using Project 2013 (Standard) and have defined a 'Resource Pool.mpp' to share resources across multiple project (.mpp) files. Older project files that were linked have been moved, removed or ...
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How to show secondary and tertiary critical path in MS Project?

Is it possible to show the secondary and/or tertiary critical path in Microsoft Project? The view menu has a way to filter to only those tasks without slack (i.e. the critical path), but is there a ...
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Why doesn't duration = work / resources

I have a task that has two people working at 80% of their time on it. I have entered a task with work = 3 days. I expect the duration to be 3 / (2 x 0.8) = 1.88 days. But project insists that it is ...
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MS Project: Non-working days not printiing on PDF

I am running MS Project 2010 and trying to print a project with non-working days on the gantt chart. On the page setup view for a phsyical printer I can see the non-working days and they print fine. ...
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How to get milestone to auto-schedule for next day in MS Project?

I'm working with MS Project 2013. I have tasks set to auto-schedule, and to default to fixed work. I have 2 milestones, one of which depends on the other. The first one triggers some work which ...
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How to print task list & gantt chart from a specific date range

I want to print the task list and the Gantt chart in a specific date range (as illustrated in the image below). How can I do it? The default print scheme wastes paper and is difficult to read. I have ...
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Deny task split

When I use auto-leveling in MS Project to schedule my tasks, some tasks are often split without visible reason. So the plan becomes not too real, like following: TaskA.. [day break] TaskB TaskC TaskD ...
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How to properly drop tasks in MS Project that have value

Once upon a time a project that I was managing running was fine, when all of a sudden due to dependencies of another project, senior management decided to freeze the project to focus on something ...
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MS Project 2013: Overall duration, taking account of non-business days

In Microsoft Project 2013, is there a way of showing "total duration taking account of non-business days", rather than simply "total number of business days"? For example (using a standard calendar): ...
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Resource allocation / availability changes

I have a resource that was initially going to be assigned 100%. I want to change the resource availability to 50% and have that change effect all tasks current assigned. It doesn't seem to be doing ...
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What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and Finish Dates?

What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and End Dates as follows in MS Project? 1 Task Start Date is within 5 or more of the Task Start ...
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Tracking estimates and delays in Microsoft Project

I'm using Microsoft Project 2007 for the first time to produce a plan and track multiple workstreams. This includes developers which is straight forward and an editorial team which is new for me. ...
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How to make a task not start until all resources are available in Microsoft Project?

I have a project for knowledge transfer so most tasks have 3 resources assigned. I want the KT to happen once, so all resources need to be available before the task can start. How do I make this ...
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Calculate start and finish dates based on remaining work in Project

I have a project plan for a project that we already started and I want the plan to reflect the schedule moving forward, say as of tomorrow. I have a handful of dependencies and resources assigned. I ...
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Indicate max hours per day per resource in MS Project Plan

I have a project that has 4 team members in the plan: 2 developers @ 8 hours per day 2 developers @ 4 hours per day How can I configure that two of those dev can only work 4 hours per day but the ...
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MS Project 2013 Does not have Sync to SharePoint Option

I know this is short but this is the problem. I have a user that has MS Project 2013 and his option under Save As for Sync with SharePoint is not there. Any idea why? I have tried looking ...
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Catch-Up Scheduling

Say I have a project X that is due to be complete by Date Y Right now we are 10% behind schedule (Should be say 50% and right now 40%), How can I estimate what level of "effort" is required to catch ...
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In MS Project, can I create a task whose duration depends on two milestones?

I want to show an ongoing "support" task in MS Project, where the start date is driven by one milestone (test environment available), and the end date is set by another milestone (testing complete). I ...
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Using MS Project for recurring monthly, retainer based project work

We started using MS Projects recently in our small consulting firm, and one of the types of projects we have are retainer(SLA) based, where the client has a contract for a certain amount of hours per ...
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Using a Project resource pool, must that pool file be open, to make changes in sharer plans?

Using MS Project 2010 & new to resource pools and sharer plans. If I have a sharer plan open, and make changes to tasks/assigments -- is the resource pool file updated somehow, even if it's not ...
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How can I add contingency to tasks in Microsoft Project?

I'm trying to transfer an existing project plan to Microsoft Project (meaning I can't change how it's organised). Each task has a duration in days then a contingency in days showing how much the task ...
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Saving an MS Project Report to a file

Using MS Project 2010, if you click Project->Reports, you have a number of very useful reports, but it seems like the only thing you can do is print them. Can you save them to a file?
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How to calculate variance between baseline 1 start and actual start in MS Project (2007)?

I would like to find out the variance between baseline start 1 and actual start. However, I realised that the start variance value as seen from the Variance table actually shows the difference between ...