How to get WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) from MS PROJECT 2010 to MS VISIO 2010



I n my last post I had explained how to establish WBS in MS PROJECT 2010. But how to get WBS Diagram? You should MS VISIO 2010. Before that you must have Add In called: Visio Add-In for WBS Modeler (X86).msi or Visio Add-In for WBS Modeler (X64).msi.

I will open MS VISIO 2010 and I will get:


Now I will choose Add-Ins and I will get:


and I will get:


Now I have to choose the Project for which I want to get WBS:


I can choose to make a WBS from my saved Project from hard disk, or network. To do that I should use: Browse the Project file path, and Choose the mpp. file. But I have already open my Project file, so I will choose the second option: Populate the opened Project files:


and I will get:


Now, finally I will get WBS like this:


Because it is unreadable I will zoom it:


and then:


Finally I’ll get:


Now, you can examine, and print your WBS!

Nice thing, isn’t it?



About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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20 Responses to How to get WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) from MS PROJECT 2010 to MS VISIO 2010

  1. ken says:

    Good job, I appreciate all your posts.

  2. Pierre Lopez says:

    installed the WBS add-in. Upon first open, a message comes up, “WBS Modeler requires Microsoft Visio 2010”. I can still create elements, however WBS Tab does NOT appear above the ribbon. I have succesfully intalled this same Add-in at home, imported from project, and created WBS. Thoughts?

  3. Alberto GC says:

    Hi Nenad,
    I don’t know what happen in my visio 2010, I get empty the Project task overview.
    I follow your intructions, have a project 2010 file and visio 2010.
    My MS office is in spanish language, and WBS modeller is in english, do yo believe it could be the problem?

    Best regard and goog blog.

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      I do not know what is going on! It woks fine here! Maybe it is a language issue, but I’m not sure about that!

  4. Joaquim Paris says:

    Hello Nenad.
    Just saw you last reply. Just a tip: when testing stuff for the first time (or when testing stuff that’s deep into the components), use virtual machines. If you end up destroying it, just restore your last snapshot and you ready to go in 5 minutes.
    Bst Regards,

  5. lokaty says:

    Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.

    Please let me know. Cheers

  6. Richard Dalley says:

    It doesn’t work with Visio 2013. Could you make do with using a network diagram in Project 2013?

  7. Joaquim Paris says:

    Hello Nenad.
    Do you know if it works with visio 2013?
    The instructions says “you must have visio 2010 or greater..”…i have the 2013 installed and I can’t install it.
    Thank you for any help with this issue.
    Best Regards,

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      I didn’t try it 😦

    • Maurice Kowen says:

      You need to install the x(86) version of WBS Modeler add-in for Visio 2010 even if you have an X64 system. Once that’s done go to “Categories” then select the “Add Ins” Folder. You should then see WBS Modeler add in..

  8. jedsterrr says:

    Hi there, are there any alternatives in generating the WBS Chart? I only have MS Visio Standard version. 😦

  9. Ward Byttebier says:

    ok, hopefully you find a solution.

  10. Ward Byttebier says:

    Hi Nenad,
    I’m still trying to figure out how to work with subprojects in a master project. The hierachiecal structure just isn’t right if I do this. (this is clearly seen when a viso report is made) I’ve read somewhere about an ‘outline code’. Do you know this, what is the difference with a WBS code ?
    The only way I get the hierarchical structure right in a master poject is by unchecking the box ‘link to project’ in the task information/advanced menu. But then I loose the link which is also something I don’t want.
    Any idea ?

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      I must reinstall my computer, because with Testing I had destroy MS PROJECT 2010! When I will reinstall it I’ll try to find out solution for you!

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