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date for the end of your project (for example, if you’re organizing a
sports event that must occur on New Year’s Day next year), you might
want to set the finish date and then work backward to fit all your tasks
into the allotted length of time. If you change this setting to Project
Finish Date, the Finish Date field becomes available.
Set the current date. You can fill in the current date according to your
computer calendar. Or, you can choose another date if you like, but that
usually doesn’t make much sense unless you’re in a different time zone
from where the project will occur.
Set a status date. By default there is no status date set for the project.
You use a status date when you’re tracking the progress of your project
at regular intervals. If you set a status date, your computer assumes that
any activity you record in your project is being tracked as of this date.
You can find out more about this feature in Chapters 12, 13, and 14.
Set the working calendar for your project. You have three choices:
Standard, Night Shift, and 24 Hours. Base your choice on the working
habits of your organization. For example, if your company uses
resources in three shifts per day — a total of 24 hours of straight
working time — and all those shifts would contribute work to your project,
choose 24 Hours. If you use a day shift and a night shift, choose Night
Shift. If you work a standard 8-hour day, choose Standard. (Most projects
use a standard calendar with a typical 8-hour workday.)
Calendars can get a little confusing. A project calendar that you set in
this dialog box indicates what the usual workday is like in your
company, but you can set up individual calendars for each resource you
create. You can then more easily accommodate both shift workers and
nine-to-fivers in the same schedule. See Chapter 3 for more about
Assign a priority to your project. Assigning a priority (such as 500 for
high priority or 100 for a lower priority) can be especially useful if you
use the same resources across several projects. With your priorities set
on all projects, Project tools can then automatically reallocate
You can also create custom project information fields for your organization in
the Enterprise Custom Fields section of this dialog box. For example, you
might want a field that explains which department in the company is running
Clicking the Statistics button in this dialog box presents an overview of your
project, as shown in Figure 1-12.