Printing Reports


Reports are predefined formats intended for printing Project data. Unlike views, which you can either print or work with onscreen, reports are designed only for printing. You don’t enter data directly into a report. Project includes several predefined reports you can edit to display the information you want.

Although reports are distinct from views, some settings you specify for a view might affect certain reports. For example:

  • If subtasks are collapsed or hidden under summary tasks in a view, reports that include task lists will show only the summary tasks and not the subtasks.

  • In usage views, if assignments are collapsed or hidden under tasks or resources, the usage reports (Task Usage or Resource Usage) likewise hide assignment details.

In this exercise, you see a report in the Print Preview window, and then you edit its definition (that is, the set of elements that make up the report) to include additional information.

  1. On the View menu, click Reports.

    The Reports dialog box appears, showing the broad categories of reports available in Project.

    click to expand

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

    The Custom Reports dialog box appears.

    click to expand

    This dialog box lists all predefined reports in Project and any custom reports that have been added.

  3. In the Reports box, click Task, and then click the Preview button.

    Project displays the Task report in the Print Preview window. Your screen should look similar to the following illustration:

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    This report is a complete list of project tasks (except for summary tasks), similar to what you’d see in the Entry table of the Gantt Chart view. You’d like to see this data presented in a different way, so you’ll edit this report.

  4. On the Print Preview toolbar, click the Close button.

    The Print Preview window closes, and the Custom Reports dialog box reappears. Next you’ll create a copy of a built-in report and modify the copy.

  5. In the Reports box, make sure that Task is still selected, and then click the Copy button.

    The Task Report dialog box appears.

  6. In the Name box, click the displayed text, and then type Custom Task Report.

  7. In the Period box, click Months in the drop-down list.

    Choosing Months here groups tasks by the month in which they occur. Because the report now includes a time period element, the Timescale options in the Print dialog box become available, enabling you to print data within a specific date range if you want.

  8. In the Table box, click Summary in the drop-down list.

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    Tip

    The tables listed in the Task Report dialog box are the same as those you can apply to any view that shows tasks in a table. In fact, if you completed Chapter 10, “Organizing and Formatting Project Details,” the Shooting Schedule table you created there appears in the list here. When editing a report format, you can apply predefined or custom tables and filters, choose additional details to include in the report, and apply a sort order to the information—all in the dialog box for the report you’re editing.

  9. Click OK to close the Task Report dialog box.

  10. In the Custom Reports dialog box, make sure that Custom Task Report is selected in the Reports box, and then click the Preview button.

    Project applies the custom report settings you chose to the report, and the report appears in the Print Preview window. Next you will zoom in to see the report in more detail.

  11. In the Print Preview window, click the upper left corner of the page with the magnifying- glass pointer.

    Your screen should look similar to the following illustration:

    click to expand

    This custom report shows the fields displayed in the Summary Task table but divides the tasks by month.

  12. On the Print Preview toolbar, click the Close button.

  13. In the Custom Reports dialog box, click the Close button.

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

    The Gantt Chart view reappears.

CLOSE: the Short Film Project 11 file.




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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