Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Spreading the News: Reporting
In This Chapter
Generating standard reports
Creating custom reports
Dazzling people with Visual Reports
Using graphics and formatting in reports
Making printer settings
Here it is. The big payoff. The reward you get for inputting all those task
names, entering all those resource hourly rates, and tracking activity
on dozens of tasks during those late-hour sessions in the first hectic weeks of
your project. You finally get to print a report, getting something tangible out
of Project that you can hand out at meetings and use to impress your boss.
Reports help you communicate about your project, conveying information
about resource assignments, how costs are accumulating, and what activities
are in progress or coming up soon. You can take advantage of built-in reports
or customize those reports to include the data that’s most relevant to you.
New to Project 2007 are Visual Reports that offer graphic possibilities to help
paint a picture of your progress.
Knowing that you’ll want to impress people, Project also makes it possible to
apply certain formatting settings to reports and add drawings to help get
your point across.
Off the Rack: Standard Reports
Standard reports are already designed for you, offering a lot of choices
regarding the information you can include. You don’t have to do much more
than click a few buttons to generate them. Essentially, you select a category
of report, choose a specific report, and print it. If the plain-vanilla version of a
report isn’t quite right, you can modify standard reports in a variety of ways.