Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Saving a baseline of your plan
On the Task tab, in the View group click the down arrow below Gantt Chart , and
then click Task Sheet .
The Task Sheet view appears. Because this is a tabular view, it does not include the
Gantt chart, so more room is available to see the fields in the Entry table.
Now you’ll switch to the Variance table in the Task Sheet view. The Variance table is
one of several predeined tables that include baseline values.
On the View tab, in the Data group, click Tables .
In the listed tables, note the check mark next to Entry. This means that the Entry table
is currently displayed in the Task Sheet view. You’ll switch to another table next.
Click Variance .
TIP You also can right-click the Select All button in the upper-left corner of the active
table to switch to a different table.
The Variance table appears. This table includes both the scheduled and baseline start
and finish columns, shown side by side for easy comparison.
Select All button
Because no actual work has occurred yet and no changes to the scheduled work
have been made, the values in the Start and Baseline Start fields are identical, as are
the values in the Finish and Baseline Finish fields. After actual work is recorded or
later schedule adjustments are made, the scheduled start and finish values might
differ from the baseline values. You would then see the differences displayed in the
On the View tab, in the Task Views group, click Gantt Chart .
The Gantt Chart view appears.
TIP Project includes views that compare the current schedule to the baseline, but here’s one
quick way to see baseline values in the Gantt Chart view: on the Format tab, in the Bar Styles
group, click Baseline and then click the baseline (Baseline or Baseline1 through Baseline10)
that you want to display. Project draws baseline Gantt bars for the baseline you choose.
Now that you’ve had a look at some baseline fields, it is time to enter some actuals!