Once you have created a new project, the Project Information dialog will be displayed. Lets look at the options of this dialog:
- Start Date – This dropdown box displays the anticipated start date of the project and defaults to the current date. Selecting the dropdowns arrow displays a calendar for you to select the start date.
- Finish date – This is disabled since the projects finish date will be calculated from the tasks of the project. The default project scheduling model used in Microsoft Project is to schedule from the projects start date.
- Schedule From – The default project scheduling model used by Microsoft Project is to schedule from the projects start date. Another common project scheduling model is to start with the finish date and work backwards. This is known as scheduling from the project end date. If you change to this method of scheduling, the Finish date dropdown become active, allowing you to enter the projects expected end date.
- Calendar – Microsoft Project supports three types of calendars: standard, 24-hour, and Night Shift. Select the calendar appropriate to your project.
- Click ‘OK’.