Microsoft Project is based off of the Microsoft Office model and has many similarities to other Microsoft Office products. It uses the standard Microsoft Office interface of menu’s, toolbars and graphical icons to accomplish most tasks common to managing a project with Microsoft Project.
When Microsoft Project starts, you’ll see a screen similar to the one below. Microsoft Project’s screen is divided into three main areas: the menu/toolbar area, the outlook style toolbar down the left side of the screen, and the data area. The data area changes depending upon which task you are doing. All toolbars and menus are also customizable.
To become familiar with Microsoft Project we’ll now step through the creation of a small project this will introduce the most commonly used features of Microsoft Project.