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INTRODUCTION

MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010

Microsoft Project 2010 is a widely used project management tool. It is part of Microsoft Office 2010 suite and provides a familiar user interface. Microsoft Project 2010 provides various project management tools and reports meant for task scheduling, task execution, assigning costs and resources, and monitoring cost and schedule. In the real world, selection of a right tool for your project management needs depends on your needs. For example, what is the length of the project? What is your operating system? What types of reports are needed? Do you have technical staff to help you in using the project management software? What type of software application tools is popular in your industry? Etc.

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KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Access task information Assign resources Make the selected text bold Copy the selected text Create a hyperlink Create a new project Cut the selected text Go to selected task Help Make the selected text Italicize Link selected tasks Paste the selected text/object Save a project file Access task or resource information Make the selected text underline Undo the last command Unlink selected tasks View context sensitive help Zoom In Zoom Out + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + < * >

IMPORTANT FEATURES
A task is an activity completed within a defined period of time. A dependency is a link among project tasks. A deliverable is a tangible or intangible object (a report, a document, technical diagram of the product etc.) produced as a result of the project. A deliverable may be composed of multiple smaller deliverables. A milestone is a measurement of progress toward an outcome. A typical milestone might be the completion of a product design. A resource (e.g. people, equipment, facilities, funding etc.) is something that is required for the completion of a project tasks.

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A project baseline is an established and agreed project plan against which the project progress is evaluated. Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates the start and finish dates of project tasks and tasks.

CREATING A NEW PROJECT IN MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010
Select the Start | All Programs | Microsoft Office option in your computer. Depending on the operating system used, you might see the following programs.

F IGURE 4-1: S TART M ENU

Once we click on Microsoft Project 2010 shortcut we should see the main project window as displayed in Figure 4-2 below.

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F IGURE 4-2: M AIN P ROJECT W INDOW

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Create a New Project Click the File tab, and then click New. Make sure that Blank Project is selected, and then click Create on the right pane (Figure 4-3).

F IGURE 4-3: N EW P ROJECT D IALOG B O X

Set Project Schedule Click Project tab. Click Project Information button in Properties group. This will open up the Project Information dialog box (Figure 4-4).

F IGURE 4-4: P ROJE CT I NFO RMATIO N D IALOG B OX

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To schedule the project from the start date, click Start Date in the Schedule from box, and then select the start date in the Start date box. To schedule from the finish date, click Project Finish Date in the Schedule from box, and then select the finish date in the Finish date box. (Note: Any changes in project plan can be made by changing the initial project information in the Project Information dialog box. However, if you have applied actual data (e.g. start and finish dates to tasks or constraints on tasks) then changes in project start and finish dates won't necessarily move all tasks relative to the new dates.) Define File Properties for Your Project Click the File tab, and then click Info (Figure 4-5). On the right pane, click Project Information and then click Advanced Properties. You will see Project Properties windows (Figure 4-6).Click on Summary tab and type the...
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