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Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies® by Jim Gordon, Geetesh Bajaj

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Chapter VI.1. Creating New Projects

In This Chapter

  • Figuring out when to use Project Center

  • Understanding the ins and outs of Project Center

  • Scoping your project

  • Starting a project from scratch

Everybody wants to keep their projects organized and on track. The first step is planning, but no matter how well you plan, you're sure to experience twists and turns along the way. Fortunately, Project Center is flexible — and it's there every step of the way to help you manage your project for optimal results. Don't worry, Project Center doesn't do too much hand-holding, unless you ask it to.

Project Center may be just one of the Entourage applications, in addition to Contacts, Calendar, and so on. But Project Center is extraordinarily powerful software, so we give Project Center an entire minibook of its own! We want to highlight just how important this application can be to Office users and emphasize that Project Center is a distinct application in its own right that isn't limited to working with Entourage alone. Whether in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can use Project Center to help you manage almost any sort of project.

Note

Incidentally, Project Center is available only on the Mac. Windows versions of Office don't have a comparable program.

This chapter starts with a discussion of the kinds of project scenarios in which Project Center is the right application to use. Then, we give you an overview of what you can expect to get out of Project Center, as well as how to make your very first project. ...

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