Chapter 2. Exploring the Microsoft Project Environment


  • Taking a first look at Project

  • The basics of entering information in Project

This chapter introduces Project's environment as well as the powerful tools that Project places at your disposal. You practice moving among different views, and you work with some of the tools and on-screen elements that you can use to create schedules.

Although Microsoft considers Project to be part of the Microsoft Office family, you will notice that Project does not sport the new interface found in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office products. Many of the changes to Project 2007 are "under the hood" changes.

Taking a First Look at Project

Two versions of Microsoft Project 2007 are available. You can purchase Project 2007 Standard or Project 2007 Professional. These products differ only in the way that they support Project Server, which is Project's tool to manage projects on the Web.

The functionality of Project Server has again been expanded. As with Project 2003, you can't use Project Server with Project Standard. Instead, to use Project Server 2007, you must also use Project Professional 2007. In this book, I assume that you're using Project Professional.


See Part V for more information on using Project Server.


If you are not connected to Project Server, you'll see no difference in functionality between Project 2007 Standard and Project 2007 Professional. You see commands in Project 2007 Professional that you don't see in ...

Get Microsoft® Project 2007 Bible now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.