When I visit customers using Microsoft Project 2010/2013/2016, or Project Pro for Office 365, I am surprised how many of them are using older and in some cases less efficient ways to build schedules. When I bring ideas of new ways to work to them, most tell me they never really looked into what is new. Here are a few of my favorite new features to build schedules quickly.
Create a summary task and automatically indent related subtasks all at once –
- Select all the subtasks and then on the Task tab, in the Insert group, click Summary
- A row for the summary task will appear and all subtasks will be indented underneath
Create a space for new tasks in the middle of a task list very quickly –
- Select the number of rows below the desired new section and then on the Task tab, in the Insert group, click Task
- Blank rows for each task will appear
Turn on or off the outline number for the project very quickly –
- No need to select anything
- On the Format tab, in the Show/Hide group, click Outline Number
- The outline numbers will appear next to the task names
Note: All illustrations are taken from Project Pro for Office 365/Project Professional 2013.
I hope you give these options a try and see if they may help you be more efficient in building schedules.