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Creating new tables
Create custom fields quickly
In this section, you saw a custom field, Text9 , that had been customized with a title of
Editorial focus and contained details about editing activities in the new children’s book
plan. Project supports a wide range of custom fields, and you can add a custom field
to any table easily. The rightmost column in a table is labeled Add New Column , and
you can either click the column heading and select any field you want to add, or you
can just start typing in a cell in the Add New Column column. When you type in a new
column, Project detects the type of data you’re typing and adds the correct custom
field type. For example, if you type a date value, Project uses one of the custom date
fields, such as Date1. If you want, you can later retitle that field to be more meaningful
to you.
The custom fields supported by Project include
Cost (up to 10 cost fields)
Date (up to 10 date fields)
Duration (up to 10 duration fields)
Finish (up to 10 finish date fields)
Flag (up to 20 “Yes” or “No” fields)
Number (up to 20 number fields)
Outline code (up to 10 outline codes)
Start (up to 10 start date fields)
Text (up to 30 text fields)
TIP The Finish and Start custom fields are available for your use; however, if you save an
interim plan (introduced in Chapter 14, “Tracking progress on tasks and assignments”), the
interim plan will use these fields as well and could overwrite your custom Finish and Start
In fact, Project supports the preceding custom fields for tasks and for resources as
different sets of fields. For example, you can customize the Text1 custom field in a task
view and also customize the Text1 field (a different custom field) in a resource view.
These custom fields are a great way to store additional information about tasks or
resources in your plans. Normally, none of these custom fields have any impact on the
scheduling of tasks or resources.
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