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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Saving a New Project

Whether you start with a blank project or use a template, the first time you choose File → Save, the Save As dialog box opens so you're sure to create a brand new file. That's Project's way of protecting you from saving blank projects named Project1. Project, like other Microsoft programs, automatically opens the Save As dialog box whenever you use a template, so you can name the new file whatever you want. Most of the time, you choose a folder, choose a file name, and you're done. Project mavens know that there are other handy tools hidden within the Save and Save As dialog boxes for saving files in special ways. Here are the steps for saving a new project with options you might want to use:

  1. Choose File → Save.

    The Save As dialog box opens.

    Warning

    If you started from an existing project and want to save it as a new one, choose File → Save As. Otherwise, you'll write over the existing project and lose that information forever.

  2. Navigate to the folder in which you want to save the project.

    In the left-hand pane, click My Documents, My Computer, or My Network Places to navigate to potential storage sites. To store a file you plan to use temporarily, click Desktop to store the file right on the desktop. (You might save a file temporarily if you're creating a template from an existing project, as described in the box on Saving a New Project.)

  3. In the "File name" box, type a name for the project.

    Short but meaningful file names, for example, SupportWebSiteOverhaul, help you ...

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