Remove Resource Pool from MS PROJECT 2013


again, a question from one of my Blog readers:

“Hello Nenad,

How does one remove a resource pool from a master project completely from MS Project 2013. I can’t keep other sub projects that formerly were connected to the resource pool from looking for it when I open those files. I have already gone to Assign Resources and have selected “Use Own”. When I do this the correction does not take place and the files are still linked to a resource pool that has been deleted??

I have used your blog for information frequently. You have much better information than anyother “Official” site that I have looked at.”

Of course, I’m going to explain that with MS PROJECT 2013!

First I’m going to create Resource Pool:


Now I’m going to add John, and Mary:


Now I’m going to save The Resource Pool (you know the steps – File, Save As, and then):


I’m going to Create two Projects, with two Tasks, and I’ll assign Resource to them:




and then:


Finally, I’m going to assign Resources to Tasks:


I will follow the same Steps for the Second Project and I’ll get:


Now I’m going to Crete the Master Project With Two Subprojects:


and then:


I’ll do the same thing for the Second Project, and finally I’ll get:


Now suppose, that after some time, I don’t need Resource Pool any more.  I’ll open the Master Project file:


Now I’m going to disconnect the Resource Pool:


and then:


and I’ll get:


It seems that there is no change! But it is! When I close the Resource Pool I’ll get:


As you can see, there is no Over allocation any more. Resources remains, but as Local Resources. If you want to remove them from all Projects, just delete them from Master Project, and you will get:


Now, take a look at your Project 1, or Project two, at the Resource sheet. You will see:


NOTHING. There are gone!

Hope this helps.



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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7 Responses to Remove Resource Pool from MS PROJECT 2013

  1. Rasmus says:

    Thanks, big help :o)

  2. wayne alexander says:

    I had the a similar problem

    whereby I could not remove links to the resource pool.

    Took me hours to realise this FIX

    FIX: the resource pool master document (I.e. the project which holds the master resource pool) must be opened and remain opened or otherwise when you click on resource pool>share resources then the resource pool location will be greyed out and when you try to change to “Use own resources” it will NOT hold onto change.

    So yes the IMPORTANT thing is to make sure the resource pool document is also open when making changes to the Resource pool in other documents.

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  4. Alexa says:

    Excellent Post. Thanks a lot

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  6. Gregor says:

    Very well, but isn’t the essence that – like you showed – the subprojects are liked to the pool and not the master file? Thus breaking the link with the subprojects, not the master, should create the desired results.
    Furthermore I’d like mention, that the “Share Resources” dialog looks much different when opened in the Resource Pool – here one can easily “break the link” to specific files.

  7. loonhaunt says:

    Very Cool, thank you so much!

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