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Microsoft Project tutorial Part 23 – Making a process diagram

When I’m using the Network diagram function in Microsoft, I always turn of the automatic placing of boxes. Format—>Layout:

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Select Allow Manual box positioning and confirm with OK.

To create the first box, click and drag and when you let go of the mouse, a nex box has been created:

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You can now click in the different fields, enter text and confirm by pressing TAB. For example:

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If you move the cursor to the middle of the box and click and drag to outside of the box, a new linked task is created:

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If you instead click and drag outside the boxes, a new unlinked task is created:

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Also observe:

  • You can use Indent and Outdent and all other commands as usual
  • Double clicking a box opens the Task Information dialog box
  • Double clicking a link opens the Link details dialog box
  • Double clicking outside the boxes opens the Box Styles dialog Box
  • If you switch view, for example to Gantt chart, the information in the Gantt chart is based on your changes here.

If you change the duration of a task to 0, the task becomes a milestone task. The form changes by this. Observe that you can using Box Styles specify which format and data all boxes have.

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If you click and drag from one box to another, you can create new links:

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Observe that you can use the zoom buttons to zoom in and out to view more or less of your diagram:

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  1. Viktoria
    2009/07/31 at 8:19 pm

    Just wanted to say that the info about Microsoft projects has helped me a lot. Starting a new job in a couple of weeks where I am required to known it…

    Thanks!

    • Anna Forss
      2009/08/01 at 4:39 am

      Glad that you’ve learnt more! Do get back to me if you miss something. When you start working, you’ll probably have more questions.

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