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Figure 3-5:
Your choice
of calendars
one of these
three Base
Here are the settings that you can make in the Project Information dialog box:
Calendar: Select the Base calendar template to use for the Project
calendar from this drop-down list. I list this setting first because it’s the only
one you have to deal with when you start a new project.
Start Date and Finish Date: You might want to wait to set these dates
until you build in most of your tasks and resources. Then, when you
really know when you can start work, set the start date and let Project
2007 calculate the finish date based on your tasks’ timing and
dependencies. See more about these settings in Chapter 4.
Schedule From: You can choose to have tasks scheduled backward from
the finish date or forward from the start date. Most folks go forward
from the start date.
Current Date: By default, this setting matches your computer clock
setting. However, you can change this so that it does not match your
computer clock setting. Changing this date is useful for looking at what-if
scenarios or for tracking progress as of a certain date in the past.
Status Date: You typically set this to the current date to track progress
on your project. When tracking you usually want to see the status of
your project as of now, so you don’t really need to deal with this setting.
However if you want to track as of the end of a fiscal period or another
timeframe, you can change this to track the status of your tasks as of
any other date.
Priority: This field is useful if your organization has many projects and
you create links among them. If you use a tool such as resource leveling
(see Chapter 10 for more about this topic) to resolve conflicts, it can
consider this project priority setting when making its calculations about
what to delay and what to keep on track.
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