Calendar Type Description

Standard Working time is set to Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. until 5:00

PM., with an hour off for lunch from 12:00 PM. until 1:00 PM. each day. The Standard is the default base calendar used for the project, for tasks, and for resources.

Night Shift Working time is set from 11:00 PM. until 8:00 A.M. five days a week, with an hour off for lunch from 3:00 A.M. until 4:00 A.M. each morn ing. This base calendar is generally used for resources who work a graveyard shift. It can also be used for projects that are carried out only during the night shift.

24 Hours Working time is set to 12:00 A.M. until 12:00 A.M. seven days a week; that is, work never stops. This base calendar is typically used for projects in a manufacturing situation, for example, which might run two or three back-to-back shifts every day of the week.

Note If you are running Microsoft Office Project Server 2003, the Night Shift and 24 Hours calendars are available only to project administrators.

If you want to apply a task calendar, you often need to create a special base calendar for the purpose. To create a new base calendar, follow these steps:

1 Click Tools, Change Working Time.

2 Click the New button. The Create New Base Calendar dialog box appears (see Figure 5-23).


Figure 5-23. Create a new base calendar to set a unique working times sched ule for a specific task.

3 In the Name box, type the name you want for the new base calendar, for example, Equipment Maintenance.

Scheduling Tasks

4 Select Create New Base Calendar if you want to adapt your calendar from the Standard base calendar.

Select Make A Copy Of if you want to adapt the new calendar from a different existing base calendar, such as the Night Shift. Select the name of the existing calendar you want to adapt.

5 Click OK.

6 Make the changes you want to the working days and times for individual days or entire days of the week, as needed.

7 When finished with your new base calendar, click OK.

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