Microsoft Project For Dummies
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Microsoft Project offers a tremendous wealth of functionality. It is very robust and can handle all shapes and sizes of projects, from waterfall methods to agile methods and even a little bit of both in the same project schedule.

Because it is so robust, mastering it can seem a daunting process. This Cheat Sheet provides you with tips and tricks for doing what you do every day as a project manager.

How to create your schedule with Project

Project makes it easy to set your project schedule. In these ten easy steps, you will be on your way to project management success:

  1. Enter the project information, such as the project name and start date.
  2. Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) to organize your work.
  3. Enter the tasks needed to create the WBS deliverables.
  4. Link your tasks to show dependencies and create a network diagram.
  5. Enter the resources who will work on your project, their cost/rate, and the time they have available.
  6. Estimate the effort or duration for each task.
  7. Assign resources to each task.
  8. Resolve any resource conflicts.
  9. Balance schedule, cost, resource, and performance constraints to meet stakeholder expectations.
  10. Set a baseline for your schedule.

12 Project shortcut keys

Project maximizes efficiency as you manage projects — but Project shortcuts can save you time at the keyboard. Here are some shortcut keys you’ll use all the time when building and working with a Project schedule.

Keystroke Result
Ctrl+N Opens a new blank Project
Alt+Home Moves to the beginning of the project
Alt+End Moves the end of a project
Alt+Right Arrow Moves the timeline to the right
Alt+Left Arrow Moves the timeline to the left
Shift+F2 Opens the Task Information dialog box
Ctrl+F Opens the Find dialog box
Ctrl+Z Undoes the previous action
Ctrl+P Displays the Print preview in the Backstage
Ctrl+S Saves the file
Alt+Shift+Hyphen (–) Hides subtasks
Alt+Shift+Plus Sign (+) Shows subtasks

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Cynthia Snyder Dionisio is a project management consultant, trainer, and author. She also leads the team that creates the PMBOK Guide, the standard for project management that is published by the Project Management Institute. She has written more than a dozen books, including A Project Manager's Book of Forms and A Project Manager's Book of Tools and Techniques.

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