Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
To add a note to a task, either display the task note column in a sheet pane or
double-click a task and add the note on the Notes tab of the Task Information
dialog box.
What If?
Just as you can get too close to a problem to see a solution, you can get too
close to your project to recognize what you need to do. With Project’s
filtering and sorting features, though, you can slice and dice various aspects of
your project a little differently to get a fresh perspective.
You can also use tools such as resource leveling to solve resource conflicts.
Resource leveling might not always solve problems to your taste, but it’s a
good way to let Project show you one what-if scenario that will solve most
resource problems instantly.
See Chapter 10 for more information about how to use resource leveling.
Sorting things out
Sometimes when things won’t sort themselves out, it’s time to sort your
tasks. Project allows you to sort tasks by several criteria, including start
date, finish date, priority, and cost.
How can sorting help you? Well, here are a few examples:
To cut costs: Consider sorting tasks by cost. Then you can focus on the
most expensive tasks first to see whether there’s room to trim nice-to-
have-but-pricey items.
To delete tasks to save time: Display tasks by priority and then look at
the low-priority tasks as the first candidates for the waste bin.
To review task timing: Sort by duration in descending order to see the
longest tasks first.
If you want to apply a preset sorting order, simply choose Project
Sort and
then choose an option from the submenu, such as by Start Date or by Cost.
If you want to see additional sort criteria — or sort by more than one
criterion — follow these steps:
1. Choose Project
Sort By.
The Sort dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 15-2.
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