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2. In the Project Code Prefix box, type a prefix.
3. Click at the top of the Sequence column and then select a mask for the
first level.
4. Click the Length column and then select a length for the mask
sequence that corresponds to the number of tasks you expect to have
at that level.
Each number represents a single character. If you choose 4, for example,
your first task at this level is numbered 0001. If you aren’t sure, leave the
default choice of Any, which allows for any length.
5. Click under the Separator column and then select a separator.
The choices are a period, hyphen, plus sign, or forward slash.
6. To define WBS code elements for additional levels of your outline,
repeat Steps 3–5.
7. When you’re finished, click OK to save the new code.
The essential point of a WBS code is to provide a unique identifier for each
task in your project. The WBS Code Definition dialog box offers the Verify
Uniqueness of New WBS Codes option, which is active by default. If you turn
off this option, you aren’t alerted if you insert, for example, a subproject that
contains duplicate WBS numbers.
If you don’t want Project 2007 to automatically add a custom WBS code when
you insert new tasks, clear the Generate WBS Code for New Task option in
the WBS Code Definition dialog box. (Alternatively, choose Project
Define Code.) If you later want to renumber all tasks to accommodate new
tasks, changes, and subprojects you’ve inserted, choose Project
Renumber. This technique can be useful if you want to try what-if scenarios
and don’t want all your tasks to change.
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