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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Storing Project Settings and Elements

Project has to keep its settings and built-in elements somewhere, and that some-where is called the global template. It stores settings that tell Project how to behave—like whether dates show up as 5/17/08 or May 17, 2008. If you change a Project-wide setting in the Options dialog box, then the global template memorizes it, and tells Project about it every time you create a new Project file. (Existing Project files use the settings that were in place in the global template at the time the files were created.) All the built-in elements that Project provides are in this file, too—the standard Gantt Chart view, the Standard calendar, and the Entry table.

This template is so special, the program attaches it to every Project file you create, to transfer your program-wide settings and elements. The global template stores the following elements:

  • Program-wide settings

  • Views

  • Tables

  • Custom fields

  • Calendars

  • Filters

  • Groups

  • Reports

  • Toolbars (and menus)

  • Import and export maps

  • Macros and Visual Basic modules

  • Forms

Project stores most elements that you customize, like tables and filters, in the Project file you're working on, so they initially show up only when you open that file. Likewise, Project stores settings that apply to a specific project, shown in Figure 26-1, in the Project file. Other customized elements like toolbars and maps go directly into the global template, because Project assumes that you want to use them for every project.

Fortunately, you can use the ...

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