Options Dialog

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What does the “Options dialog” functionality do?

The “Options dialog” functionality allows you to change the General Settings, Project Info, Schedule, Advanced or the Risk Management settings.

How can I access the Options dialog?

To access the Options dialog, go to menu File-Options. Or go to FileInfo and click Project Options.

How can I see the total amount of time my project needs at any time?

You can see the total amount of time by creating a summary task that includes all other tasks.

How do I rename a project?

In order to rename a project, go to menu File - Options - Project Info (or go to FileInfo - Project Options - Project Info) and insert the new name on Project Name field.

How to show the project summary task?

To see the Summary task for your project, click on File - OptionsAdvanced (or FileInfo - Project Options -Advanced). Make sure the "Show project summary task" is selected and then click OK.

How to total up the duration?

In order to see the total project duration, please insert the Project Summary Task by going to menu File - Options (or FileInfo - Project Options) and in Advanced tab check the Show project summary option.

How to add a project description?

You can add a description for your project in the Comments box. In order to do that, go to the File menu - Options dialog (or FileInfo - Project Options). Select the Project Info tab and add your description in the Comments box and then click OK.

How to change the date format?

The date format is based on what region you set on your machine. However, to the set of date formats retrieved for the current language, some other standard formats that do not change when region is changed, are added for an easier use. These standard date formats are available on Windows, Mac and Web platforms.

If you are on Mac, to change the region, please go to System Preferences - Language & Region and select another region and language. Then, please restart your machine.

On our web application, the date format depends on the language set inside the application.

To change the date format, please go to menu File - Options (or FileInfo - Project Options) and in the General Settings tab, select the desired Date Format.

How can I change the duration from days to weeks?

To change the duration unit, go to menu File - Options – Advanced tab (or FileInfo - Project Options - Advanced) and on "Duration is entered in" field select the desired unit and click the OK button.

How can I highlight the cells?

To highlight cells, go to menu File - Options - Advanced tab (or FileInfo - Project Options - Advanced) - Check Show Highlight.

What can I set in General Settings tab from Options dialog?

In General Settings tab from Options dialog you can set: Language, Date Format, Currency, Placement, Decimal digits, Auto save a copy every “x” minutes and Use global settings when creating a blank project options.

What can I set in Project Info tab from Options dialog?

In Project Info tab from Options Dialog you can set: Project Name, Manager, Company, Comments, Start Date and Project Calendar.

What can I set in Schedule tab from Options dialog?

In Schedule tab from Options dialog you can set: Week starts on, Default start time, Default end time, Hours per day, Hours per week, Days per month, Duration is entered in, Work is entered in, Default task type, New tasks created and Default working days.

What can I set in Advanced tab from Options dialog?

In Advanced tab from Options dialog you can set View options for time units (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years), Outline options (Intent name, Show outline number/symbol, Show summary tasks, Show project summary task) and General Options (Open last file on startup, Show Highlight, Recently used file list, Collaboration Timeout, Check Spelling, Show Erix).

What can I set in Risk Management tab from Options dialog?

In Risk Management tab from Options dialog you can enable/disable the risk management feature and customize the risk management fields.

How can I change the start time of my project to 7:00?

In order to change the start time of your project, go to the File menu – Options (or FileInfo - Project Options) , select the Schedule tab and in Default Start time box, type the desired time and click OK.

How to change the duration format?

To change the duration units, go to the File menu – Options (or FileInfo - Project Options) and select Schedule tab. From "Duration is entered in" select the desired option and then click "OK".

To change the abbreviations for duration units, go to the File menu - Options and select Advanced tab (or FileInfo - Project Options - Advanced). From "View Options for time units" select the desired option and then click "OK".

How to change the work format? I want work to be displayed only in months.

To change the work units, go to the File menu – Options (or FileInfo - Project Options) and select Schedule tab. From "Work is entered in" select the desired option and then click "OK".

To change the abbreviations for work units, go to the File menu - Options and select Advanced tab (or FileInfo - Project Options - Advanced). From "View Options for time units" select the desired option and then click "OK".

How can I change the "Hours per week"?

In order to change the "Hours per week", please go to the File menu – Options (or FileInfo - Project Options). Select "Schedule" tab and from "Hours per Week" field, select the desired value and then click "OK" in the dialog for changes to take effect.

How do I open the last file on startup?

To open the last file on startup, please go to menu File - Options and in Advanced tab (or FileInfo - Project Options - Advanced) check the “Open last file on startup” option, then click OK.

What does the “Help” button inside the “Options” dialog do?

The “Help” button inside the “Options” dialog redirects you to the “Options Dialog” article in our Online Help page.

Why did the time settings not change automatically even though I changed it from the Options dialog?

The “Default End/Start” times are used when the user does not set a time for the dates he writes in “Finish/Start” fields.

Related to the fact that you have to change the values also in “Change working time”, this is also advised in Microsoft Project. This is encouraged because even though the settings are not equivalent, the values from default end time and project calendar end times should be the same to avoid confusions.

How do I set the start of the week to Monday?

In order to set the start of the week to Monday, go to the File menu - Options, click on "Schedule" tab and from "Week Starts On" field select "Monday" and press "OK" for the changes to take effect.

Step by step on how to change the General Settings:

1. Click File - Options.


                 You can also go to FileInfoProject Options.

2. Select General Settings tab.

3. Change the Language.

You can change the active language of the application by selecting a language from Language dropdown. The supported languages are the following: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Sweden, Dutch, Russian, Romanian and All Languages combined. After you selected the preferred language, restart the application.

4. Change the Date Format.

                 There are two types of Date Formats available in our application.

  1. The date formats that are based on the system date format. For example, if you enter a date as 2/3/03, this will be interpreted as either February 3rd, or March 2nd, depending on the system's regional setting for date formats;
  2. The standard date formats that aren’t based on the system date format. That means that they don’t change when the region of your machine is changed. These standard date formats are available on Windows, Mac and Web platforms.

                 To change the Date Format, expand the Date Format dropdown and pick the format you want. In this way, you can change the date format in all the views of the application                   by choosing from a list of available formats.

5. Change the Currency Options.

From the Currency combo box, select the name of the currency that you want to use and the corresponding symbol will be automatically updated.

In the Placement box, select the position that you want the currency symbol to occupy.

In the Decimal digits box, select the number of digits after the decimal that you want to display.

Notes   

You cannot use more than one currency per project. Before consolidating projects with different currency settings into one project file, you need to change the settings in each individual project to a common currency and update the cost values accordingly.

Changing the currency settings only affect the current project.

6. Change the General Options.

By default, Project Plan 365 saves a copy of your plan every 30 minutes. You can change this time using the up and down arrows or editing the field.

On Windows the copy is saved in C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Project Plan 365\recovery.mpp

On Mac the copy is saved in /Users/{username}/Recovery.mpp

The {username} is the user that is logged in.

                  Check the Use global settings when creating a blank project box in order to use the default settings set by Admin users for the new organization projects.

Step By Step on how to change the Project Info settings:

1. Click File - Options.

2. Select Project Info tab.

3. Project Name - specifies the project title.

4. Manager - specifies the manager name.

5. Company - specifies the name of company.

6. Start date

From date picker select start date for current project. The application calculates the project finish date based on your entered start date and assigns the default constraint of As Soon As Possible (ASAP). Task durations, dependencies, constraints, and other scheduling factors are also scheduled from the start date. By default, the project start date is set to the current date.

7. Project Calendar

The Project Calendar field specifies the base calendar that will be used for the project. The project calendar is used to calculate working times for the project in order to help the Project Manager to build the schedule. The project calendar is used to calculate the duration of summary tasks and lead time and lag time on task dependencies, especially when no resources are assigned.

"Define additional calendars" button will open the Change Working Time dialog.

Step by step on how to change the Schedule settings:

1. Click File - Options.

2. Select Schedule tab.

3. Week starts on - specifies the first day of the week

4. Default start time - specifies the start time for a working day

5. Default end time - specifies the end time for a working day

6. Hours per day - specifies the total working hours per day

7. Hour per week - specifies the total working hours per week

8. Days per month - specifies the total working days per month

9. Duration is entered in

To change the duration unit, expand the “Duration is entered in” dropdown and select the desired unit. The following units are available: minutes, hours, days, weeks, months.

10. Work is entered in

To change the work unit, expand the “Work is entered in” dropdown and select the desired unit. The following units are available: minutes, hours, days, weeks, months.

11. Default task type - specifies the default task type: Fixed Units, Fixed Duration, Fixed Work.

12. New tasks created - specifies the default task mode for your new created tasks: Manually Scheduled or Auto Scheduled.

13. Default working days - specifies the default working days

Step by step on how to change the Advanced settings:

1. Click File - Options.

2. Select Advanced tab.

3. View options for time units

You can specify the abbreviations for time units. The available abbreviations are:

For minutes: m, min, minute.

For hours: h, hr, hour.

For days: d, dy, day.

For weeks: w, wk, week.

For months: mo, mon, month.

For years: y, yr, year.

4. Add space before label

This option adds/removes a space between the number and the unit.

5. Outline Options

  • Indent name
  • Show outline number
  • Show outline symbol
  • Show summary tasks
  • Show Project Summary task

6.General Options

  • Open last file on startup
  • Show Highlight
  • Recently used file list
  • Collaboration Timeout
  • Check Spelling
  • Show Erix

For how to use the Risk Management tab, please read the following article: Risk Management

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