How to create Schedule using Grid Tab in Project for Web


I’m going to continue with Project for Web. First Tab which you are going to find is Grid Tab:


As you can see, here I can add Tasks. Default columns are: Name, Assigned to and Duration. But if I need you can add some other columns as well:


For now, I will just add Depends (after) and Depends on (before), but be sure that I will show you how to use all of this fields in my next posts. After I add those two fields as columns I will get:


Now I will add some Tasks. Let’s say that I want to add Summary Task, three Subtasks and Milestone:


How did I put those Tasks? Just go to the Name field and in Add new Task click with the mouse and write the Task name. As simple as that.

As you can see Subtask are not indented. To do that I have to selected (in my example) Task 1, 2 and 3, and Milestone as well and to right click with mouse and I will get:


and I will get:


I get what I want.

OK, now let’s say that Task 1 will have 1 day Duration, Task 2 will have 2 days Duration, Task 3 will have 3 days Duration, and Milestone will have 0 days Duration. I will just put those values into Duration field for each subtask:


Of course I could put weeks, minutes, months, not only days. To do that, for example to put 3 weeks to some Task, I just have to type 3 w, and I will get it.

Now, I have duration, and I want to create dependencies. Let’s say that Task 2 will be linked to Task 1 (remember that only Finish to Start relationship is possible at the moment).

I can type in Dependents (before): Number 1, and I will get:


and I will get every single Task which has number 1 in it’s name.

I can type, for example, sk and I will get:


and I will get every Task which has sk in it’s name. You get it! you can find your Task in easy and effective way. BUT! You cannot put dependencies using Task ID. S

So I will now create all dependencies and I will get:


As you can see, Dependents (after) is Successor in “old” Project, and Dependents (before) is Predecessor.

One more thing. If Task has more than one Predecessor or Successor I can put all Tasks as that. For example, I will make Task 1 as predecessor got Task 3, as well:


OK, now I have my schedule. Now is time to assign resources to specific Tasks. And that is topic for my next Post.

Until then,

Best Regards


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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