What you may not know about the Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013

Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013 is an often overlooked feature and today I would like to share one thing that it’s quite useful, apart from the Earned Value calculations and why you as a Project Manager (PM) or a Scheduler should go make it a habit to always update your Status Date. For those of you who Read more about What you may not know about the Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Removing Legend Items in a Microsoft Project 2013 Schedule

Have you ever tried to print your project schedule only to see that the bottom half of each page is being taken up by the legend and all the items inside?     Now there is a way to completely remove the legend with just a checkbox… but what if you actually want to display the Read more about Removing Legend Items in a Microsoft Project 2013 Schedule[…]

Default Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013

Have you changed many of the Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013 (as can be accessed through the ‘File’ > ‘Options’ in the Project 2013 Backstage), but now want to review or return to the original settings? Although there is a trick for reverting back to the original options settings by accessing the Windows Registry, some people Read more about Default Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Using the New Filtering Functionality in Microsoft Project 2013

Since its initial release over 2 years ago, users of Microsoft Project 2013 have probably been using several powerful new features in the software, including the new Dashboard Reports and Task Path features. However, if you are using Microsoft Project 2013 (or thinking of using it), did you know that there are eleven new task Read more about Using the New Filtering Functionality in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Highlight Vs. Filter in Microsoft Project 2013

Project schedules should be updated regluarly and when you do that, it’s important to know the difference between the Highlight and Filter feature in Microsoft Project. For example, you’re updating a project with 100 tasks. You want to quickly see what the overdue tasks are to address them first, so you set the Status Date and use the Read more about Highlight Vs. Filter in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

How to Customize your Own View in Microsoft Project 2013

One of the questions I often get from clients I have worked with is “How do I customize my own view?” What I do, is to walk them through the following steps on how to customize their own view in Microsoft Project Pro 2013. 1. Click the Task tab to display the Task Ribbon. Notice that the Read more about How to Customize your Own View in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Why are my Finish Dates Changing on my Fixed Duration Tasks?

Many project managers who’ve previously worked in a Primavera environment, but who are now operating in a Microsoft Project Server system, like to use Fixed Duration tasks because their behavior is more like the behavior of tasks in Primavera. However, many project managers also assume that if a task is a Fixed Duration task, then Read more about Why are my Finish Dates Changing on my Fixed Duration Tasks?[…]

Manually Scheduled vs Auto Scheduled – Part Two

Changing Existing Tasks In the part one of this blog I explained the major difference between Manually Scheduled and Auto Scheduled tasks. With tasks that have already been entered, it is still possible to switch over from Manually Scheduled to Auto Scheduled. One of the ways is by selecting the desired task and clicking on the Read more about Manually Scheduled vs Auto Scheduled – Part Two[…]