More Advanced Microsoft Project Tips
If you’re an intermediate to advanced user of Project and you’re looking for some new ways to get more out of the software, Deanna Reynolds has a very nice series covering some tips and tricks she has accumulated over the years as a Microsoft Project trainer. In Customize Project with These Tricks, she covers how to customize the Resource Graph to make it easier to navigate and how to color code your tasks so that the Gantt Chart view is easier to follow.
Continuing on in Number Tracking in Project, Deanna explains how to assign budget and cost resources in MS Project in order to expertly utilize resource-driven scheduling. In addition, she discusses the ability to export Project data to Excel and lists a few Project-specific keyboard shortcuts that can save a lot of time – especially when inserting and linking tasks.
Finally, in More Project 2007 Tips & Tricks, Deanna describes how to hide the resource percentage assignment in order to unclutter the Gantt Chart view. She then rounds out the series by taking a look at some of the new features found in Project 2007 that are designed to make the software even more efficient and user-friendly.
Additionally, you may want to check out How to Use Macros in MS Project. While there are many processes that aren’t suited for macro usage in Project, there are quite a few benefits that can be had with this handy feature. For instance, if you’re performing the same type of calculation multiple times or if you’re regularly inputting the same set of parameters, you can create a macro for these processes that will save you time and help relieve the monotony that comes from doing the same task over and over.
Do you regularly print out schedules that were created with Project? If so, then you may want to refer to Linda Richter's tutorial on Adding a Watermark to a MS Project Schedule. While the process may not be quite as straightforward as you'd expect, there are a couple of different ways to accomplish this task.
For more Microsoft Project tutorials, be sure to keep checking back at Bright Hub. New and updated material is being added all the time. With the release of Project 2010, the software is capable of doing more than ever before and our Bright Hub experts keep searching for new tips and tricks to make all of these tasks as simple and efficient as possible.