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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Finding the Right Resources

When resources are plentiful, scrolling through the list of names to assign a resource takes forever. The Assign Resources dialog box can reduce scrolling by listing only the resources appropriate for the current assignment. All you have to do is tell it what you're looking for. You can apply a resource filter to find people who possess the right skills, belong to a specific group, or have the job code you're looking for. If you use resource outline codes (Filling in General Information) to categorize resources, you can filter by those codes, too. The most qualified resources don't help at all if they aren't available. The Assign Resources dialog box also helps you find resources with enough available time.

These filtering features may not appear when you first open the Assign Resources dialog box. To coax the Resource list options into view, click the + to the left of "Resource list options", shown in Figure 9-4.

When the filtering options are visible, the + button to the left of the "Resource list options" label changes to −, which you can click when you want to hide the options once more. The Assign Resources dialog box reopens with the filtering options expanded or hidden, depending on their visibility when you last closed the dialog box.

Figure 9-4. When the filtering options are visible, the + button to the left of the "Resource list options" label changes to −, which you can click when you want to hide the options once more. The Assign Resources dialog box reopens with the filtering options expanded or hidden, depending on their visibility when you last closed the dialog box.

Finding Resources by Criteria

The Assign Resources dialog box uses resource filters to restrict the resources ...

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