Defining a Code Mask

The code mask is the template that delineates the format and length of each level of the outline code as well as the separators between each level. To define the code mask, do the following:

1 On the Custom Outline Codes tab of the Customize Fields dialog box, click the outline code for which you want to define a code mask.

2 Click the Define Code Mask button. The Outline Code Definition dialog box appears.

3 In the Sequence field of the first row, choose whether the first level of the code (or hierarchy) is a number, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, or alphanumeric characters.

4 In the Length field of the first row, specify the length of the first level of the code.

A number in the Length cell indicates a fixed length for that level. If the level can contain any number of characters, click Any in the list.

5 In the Separator field of the first row, specify the character that separates the first and second level of the code.

6 Repeat Steps 3, 4, and 5 until all the levels of your custom outline code are set up (see Figure 25-27).

As you enter the code mask for each succeeding level, the Code Preview box shows an example of the code.

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Figure 25-27. Define a custom outline code to display alternate hierarchies for tasks and resources.

At this point your outline code is ready to use. Any sequence of characters that fit your code mask can be entered in the outline code field you selected and defined.

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