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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Setting Up Project Options

The second step for any new Project file is tweaking a few Project options to fit the file to your project—the date the project starts and the days available for work, for example. This section describes how to set up the details that make each project unique.

Setting the Project Start Date

Projects rarely start on the day that you create your Microsoft Project file. You usually have some business to take care of before the work begins, like obtaining project plan approvals or lining up funding. The date on which you plan to start the project is the option you're most likely to change.

Here are the steps:

  1. Choose File → Open, select the project, and then click Open.

    If you're reopening a project you worked on recently, a shortcut is to choose File, and then, at the bottom of the menu, choose the project name from the entries of recently opened projects.

  2. Choose Project → Project Information.

    The Project Information dialog box opens. If you created the file from scratch, Project sets the date in the "Start date" box to today's date, as shown in Figure 6-6. For templates or existing projects, the project starts on the existing date set in the "Start date" box.

    Out of the box, the Schedule From box is set to Project Start Date, which is almost always what you want. When you set the start date, Project calculates the finish date for you. Even if you know the end date you want, you're better off scheduling from the start date as the box on explains.

    Figure 6-6. Out of the box, the Schedule From box is set to Project Start Date, which is almost always what you want. When you set the start date, Project calculates the finish date for you. Even if you know the ...

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