Microsoft Project 2010 Changes - Columns Repackaged
Columns Repackaged discussion
So what can we say about columns here? We thought it would be a good idea to keep all the related “stuff” together. Hope everyone agrees. For all intents and purposes these commands existed in old versions of Project, it’s just that with the Ribbon is now used to do the same thing – “it’s easier” they say – you decide.
Columns - Insert Columns
Insert a New column to a view. Choose the name of an existing column from the list or type a custom value to insert a new custom field.
Click on the column heading that is to the right of where the column is to be inserted. Click on the Format tab and then click the Insert Column command in the Columns group. From the New Column pick list that appears select the Column name that’s needed to be added.
Column - Text Alignment
Columns - Wrap Text (New in Project 2010)
Wrap Text = Make all content visible within a cell by displaying it on multiple lines. This is a new feature to Microsoft® Project 2010.
By selecting a column in any view that contains a table (except the Team Planner). Then right-click on the column header, then click the Format Tab, then the Wrap Text command in the Column group.
· To Wrap Text in a row cell, the text needs to have at least one space within it so that Microsoft® Project 2010 knows where to automatically break a line for word wrapping.
· Wrap Text cannot be manually control for where the line break will occur.
- Text wrapping only occurs if the text is too long for the width of the row cell
Columns - Column Settings commands
Insert, hide or update a column in the view. After selecting the column by clicking on the column heading, and clicking the down arrow in the Column Settings command will display a pick list of further commands.
Hide Column command will remove column from current table view.
Wrap Text command already covered in previous section.
Columns - Field Settings command
Field name: by clicking the down arrow will open available Fields so the existing field could be changed if required.
Title: the Microsoft® Project 2010 field given name can be renamed by entering a title here. Can also be used where existing field names are the cause of confusion to the Team members, so change it to something they will be comfortable with.
Align title: change the alignment of the column heading (or title) by selecting from the pick list Left, Center or Right.
Align data: change the alignment of the data within the column by selecting from the pick list Left, Center or Right.
Width: column width can either be set by entering the numeric value directly into the window or use the scroll arrows to either increase or decrease the column width.
Header Text Wrapping: default is set on (checked). In cases where filed names is a long Name Text Wrapping will allow the economy of space on the display.
Best Fit button- use this when it’s not known what the width of the column should be set to.
Click OK or press the Enter key when complete to apply changes to Field Setting.
Columns - Column Setting - Data Type command
Data Type becomes active (not ghosted out) when selection is made of a customized field.
After selecting the customized column click on Data Type and then make selection from the pick list.
Special care needs to be taken here. Depending on which data type is changed from and to will depend on Microsoft® Project 2010 will giving a warning message to say that data could be lost. So be careful here!
Columns - Custom Fields command
Columns - Column Settings - Display Add New Column option
Click on this option to either add or remove the New Column in the current table being displayed. Other tables will be unaffected by this change.