Lesson 7: Share Project Plan with Team Members

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Now that the folder is shared on cloud with the rest of team members, Project Manager can use Project Plan 365 to generate a share link for the file(s) he will collaborate from now on with his team.
 ​Under File → Share menu or Team menu there are two options for sharing the plan with Team Members:
  1. Share Link: a permanent link to the file will be generated, than can be easily inserted in an email message or chat window
  2. Email Link: an email with the share link will be send to the recipients indicated by Project Manager

Therefore Project Manager can choose to use the Share Link option to send the share link to the team members or to use the Email Link option to send them the link in an email.

With Share Link option you can get a link to your project saved on Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, BaseCamp or SharePoint Online to manually share it with your team, whilst with Email Link option you can send an email to the team members of your choice with a link to your project saved on Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, BaseCamp or SharePoint Online. The email also offers the possibility to view the project on a small screen phone device.

There will be generated two such share links: one for devices with regular screens (PC, laptop) and the second one to be used on devices with smaller size screens (phones). The below picture shows how such share links looks like in case of a file shared on Google Drive cloud:

 The share link that Team Member receives in his email or chat window can be accessed from any device (PC, laptop, tablet, phone, etc.) using Project Plan 365 in View mode.

Viewing and updating the project require authentication on the cloud platforms or SharePoint, respectively, and permissions need to be granted there, otherwise the application will warn the team members that they do not have enough rights to view / update the .mpp file.

  Practice

   1. On the commercial construction project plan saved in the cloud (i.e. Google Drive), use the Share Link option to send a link to the shared file. The share links generated for the published CommercialConstruction_lesson6.mpp file on Google Drive will look like below (the link is unique, so the link you will obtain may be different): ​

     2. Use the Email Link option and enter email addresses of two of your team members to send them an email with the link to the shared file. An Outlook window will be opened.

          Enter the email address to a person which wasn't added as collaborator on the shared file/folder on cloud. Will be that person able to view the shared file?

   3. Aside from clicking on a share link received in an email or chat window, a Team Member can copy and paste it in the text field corresponding to Open from URL method, available under File menu (File → Open → URL option). This will allow to view the shared project plan, like in the case you would click on the shared link received in a chat window or email message.

          Using Project Plan 365 in View mode, copy the shared link received in the chat and paste it in the Open Project dialog, then press View Project button:

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