Before you can play matchmaker between project tasks and resources, you must tell Project about the resources you're using. You can get started with a few basic fields, such as the resource name and resource type. As you identify detailed information, such as work schedules, availability, and costs, you can add that information to Project, as described in the box on Adding Resources Manually. In turn, Project uses that information to more accurately calculate your project schedule and price tag.
Project offers two methods for entering resource data directly. The Resource Sheet is ideal for specifying values for every resource—you can either copy and paste values, or simply drag values (even into several cells at once). To tell Project everything about a resource, the Resource Information dialog box presents every resource field in one place. If you have resource information stored in a company directory or other database, you can make short work of data entry by importing information into Project. This section explains each approach.