Introduction to Microsoft Project

Course Objectives

This course shows attendees how to create a basic Microsoft Project Plan. Entering and outlining tasks; Scheduling the plan; Customising the look; Printing options; Adding resources.


Some experience using a modern PC system would be a benefit.

Course Duration

1 day

Course Content

  • Introduction
    • Tour of the Screen
    • The Ribbon
    • Quick Access Toolbar
    • Setting Options
  • Setting Public Holidays
    • Defining Public Holidays
    • Making the Holidays ‘Global’
  • Project Management Concepts
    • Key Questions
    • The Project Lifecycle
    • Outlining the Project
  • Starting a New Project
    • Providing Basic Information
    • Entering Tasks
    • Creating an Outline
    • Entering Durations
    • The Task Information Box
    • Expanding/Collapsing the Outline
  • Scheduling a Plan
    • Scheduling with Dependencies
    • Scheduling with Dates
    • Using Date Constraints
    • Introducing a Delay between Tasks
    • Overlapping Tasks
    • Splitting a Task
  • Customising Microsoft Project
    • Customising Bar/Text Styles
    • Customising Individual Entries
    • Customising the Chart Layout
    • Formatting Gridlines
    • Altering the Timescale
  • Printing Options
    • Using Print Preview
    • Fitting to a Page
    • Page Setup Options:
    … Margins
    … Header
    … Footer
    … Legend
    • Printing a View
  • Critical Path Analysis
    • Drawing a Precedence Network
    • ‘Slack’ Defined
    • Using the GANTT Chart Wizard
    • Saving a Customised View
  • Working with Resources
    • Defining Resources
    • Adding Personal Holidays
    • Assigning Resources to Tasks
    • About Effort Driven Scheduling
    • Resolving Resource Conflicts
  • Text Based Reports
    • Using the Reports Gallery

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