Chapter 11: Printing Project Information


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In this chapter you will learn to:

  • Change page setup options for views and reports.

  • Print a view.

  • Print a report.

    See Also

    Do you need a quick refresher on the topics in this chapter? See the quick reference entries on pages xxxii–xxxiii.

In this chapter, you work with some of the many views and reports in Microsoft Office Project 2003 to print your project plan. One of the most important tasks of any project manager is communicating project information to stakeholders, and that often means printing. To communicate project details in printed form, you can use the predefined views and reports as they are or customize them to better suit your needs.

Tip

This tip describes enterprise project management (EPM) functionality. Printing information from Project is a common means of communicating with stakeholders. If you are using Project Professional in conjunction with Project Server, you and your stakeholders have many additional options for communicating project information. For more information, see Part 4, “Introducing Project Server.”

Important

On the CD Before you can use the practice files in this chapter, be sure you install them from the book’s companion CD to their default location. See “Using the Book’s CD-ROM,” on page xiii, for more information.

Printing Your Project Plan

Printing information from a project plan to share with stakeholders is a common activity for most project managers. In Project, printing focuses on views and reports.

You’ve probably already seen several views and a few reports, such as the Gantt Chart view and the Project Summary report. Both views and reports organize details of a project plan into specific formats for specific purposes. In a view you can enter, read, edit, and print information, whereas in a report you can only print information. Think of views as your general working environment in Project, and think of reports as specific formats for printing.

You can customize the way you print both views and reports; however, Project has fewer options for printing reports. When printing, you have many of the same options with both views and reports, as well as some specific options unique to views or reports. To customize printing for a view or report, you use the Page Setup and Print dialog boxes.

First let’s look at the Page Setup dialog box. To see the Page Setup dialog box for views, click Page Setup on the File menu. To see this dialog box for reports, first display a report in the Print Preview window, and then click the Page Setup button.

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In the Page Setup dialog box, the Page and Margins tabs are available for both views and reports. However, the specific options you choose in the Page Setup dialog box for any view or report affect only that view or report; the settings are not shared between views or reports.

Some page setup options are unique to views or reports, and a few options are available to only specific views or reports. Here is a summary of unique page setup options:

  • You can use options on the Header, Footer, and View tabs in the Page Setup dialog box for all views. The View tab in particular includes options that vary depending on which view is currently active. For views that include a legend (such as the Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, and Calendar views), the Legend tab is also available.

  • You can use options on the Header and Footer tabs in most reports, but the View and Legend tabs are not available for any reports.

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Project Management Focus: Communicating with Stakeholders

Besides knowing how to print, it’s important to know what to print. Most project managers find that they have different stakeholders with different information needs. For example, what the project’s financial supporters need to see at the planning stage of a project might be quite different from what the project’s resources need to see after work has begun. The built-in views and reports in Project should cover nearly all stakeholder communication needs (at least when printing is the solution). Here is a summary of which views and reports best communicate project plan details to various stakeholders.

If this stakeholder

Is most interested in

Provide this printed view

Or this printed report

Project sponsor or client

Overall project duration information

Gantt Chart with project summary task displayed, filtered for summary tasks

Project Summary

Overall project cost information

Task Sheet with project summary task displayed and Cost table applied

Budget or other reports in the Cost category

Schedule status after work has begun

Tracking Gantt with Tracking table applied

Project Summary, Completed Tasks, or Tasks Starting Soon

Resources assigned to tasks in the project

The tasks to which they are assigned

Calendar or Resource Usage, filtered for the specific resource

To-Do List, Who Does What, or Who Does What When

Resource managers in your organization

The scope of work their resources have in the project

Resource Sheet, Resource Graph, or Resource Usage

Resource Usage, Who Does What, or other reports in the Assignments category

Other project managers in your organization

Schedule logic, critical path, and task relationships

Network Diagram, Detail Gantt, or Tracking Gantt

Critical Tasks

This table lists just some of the many built-in views and reports in Project. If you have a specific information need, explore all the views and reports before you attempt to build your own. Chances are, Project has a view or report that will meet your needs or serve as a starting point for customization.

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Tip

To learn more about which views or reports best convey specific project information, type About printing views and reports into the Search box in the upper right corner of the Project window. The Search box initially contains the text Type a question for help.

Next let’s look at the Print dialog box. To see the Print dialog box for views, click Print on the File menu. To see this dialog box for reports, first display the report in the Print Preview window, and then click the Print button.

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Tip

Depending on the printer or plotter to which you are printing, you might have additional options unique to that device. To set these options, click the Properties button for your selected printer in the Print dialog box.

In the Print dialog box, most options available for views are also available for reports. For example, some views and some reports support timescale options in the Print dialog box, but others do not. The Gantt Chart view and the Who Does What When report, for example, both include a timescale. In the Print dialog boxes for both, you can print specific ranges from the timescale if you wish.

In this exercise, you compare the page setup options of views and reports.

Important

If you are running Project Professional, you may need to make a one-time adjustment to use the My Computer account and to work offline. This helps ensure that the practice files you work with in this chapter don’t affect your Project Server data. For more information, see “Starting Project Professional,” on page 10.

OPEN: Short Film Project 11a from the \MyDocuments\Microsoft Press\Project 2003 Step by Step\ Chapter 11 Printing folder. You can also access the practice files for this book by clicking Start, All Programs, Microsoft Press, Project 2003 Step by Step, and then selecting the chapter folder of the file you want to open.

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.

    The Save As dialog box appears.

  2. In the File name box, type Short Film Project 11, and then click the Save button.

    Next you will look at page setup options.

  3. On the File menu, click Page Setup.

    The Page Setup dialog box appears. Note the title of the dialog box: Page Setup – Gantt Chart. Because the Page Setup dialog box changes depending on the active view, Project includes the view name in the dialog box title bar.

  4. Click the View tab.

    Your screen should look similar to the following illustration:

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    Because the Gantt Chart view includes a table, the View tab includes some options relating to columns. The Gantt Chart also includes a timescale, so you see an option relating to the timescale.

  5. Click Cancel.

    The Page Setup dialog box closes. Next you’ll switch to another view and see how the page setup options differ.

  6. On the View menu, click Calendar.

    The Calendar view appears. This view lacks both the table and chart elements you saw in the Gantt Chart view and instead represents tasks in a month-at-a-glance arrangement.

  7. On the File menu, click Page Setup.

    The Page Setup dialog box appears. Note again the title of the dialog box: Page Setup – Calendar.

  8. Click the View tab if it is not already active.

    Your screen should look similar to the following illustration:

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    The options available for the Calendar view are quite different from those of the Gantt Chart view. Here you have several options for controlling how details are organized in the Calendar view when printed.

    The Print notes check box, however, is available for both the Gantt Chart and Calendar views.

  9. Click Cancel.

    The Page Setup dialog box closes.

    To conclude this exercise, you will see the page setup options for a report.

  10. On the View menu, click Reports.

    The Reports dialog box appears.

  11. Click Custom, and then click the Select button.

    Tip

    You can also double-click the Custom button.

    The Custom Reports dialog box appears.

  12. In the Custom Reports box, click Who Does What, and then click the Setup button.

    The Page Setup dialog box appears. Note again the title of the dialog box: Page Setup – Who Does What. Your screen should look similar to the following illustration:

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    Most of the tabs you've seen for views are also available for reports, but the Legend and View tabs are not.

  13. Click Cancel to close the Page Setup dialog box, and click Cancel again to close the Custom Reports dialog box.

  14. Click the Close button to close the Reports dialog box.

  15. On the View menu, click Gantt Chart.

Tip

The views available in Project are listed in the More Views dialog box. (On the View menu, click More Views.) Likewise, all available reports are listed in the Custom Reports dialog box. (On the View menu, click Reports, click Custom, and then click Select.) Another handy way to display a view or report is through the Project Guide. (On the Project Guide toolbar, click Report, and then click the Select a view or report link.)




Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
MicrosoftВ® Office Project 2003 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft))
ISBN: 0735619557
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 199

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