Troubleshooting

You lose text and bar formatting when you insert projects

The formatting of the master project is adopted by any inserted projects, so if you changed the styles for text, Gantt bars, or Network Diagram nodes in the subproject, you won't see those customizations in the master project. However, any formatting changes you made to the master project are adopted by subprojects being inserted. Also, any formatting changes are retained in the subproject file, even if the subproject and master project are linked.

Unlinking a Subproject from Its Source File

You can keep a subproject in a master project but unlink the subproject from its source project file. When you unlink a subproject from its source project file, changes to the source file won't affect the subproject in the master project, and vice versa. To disconnect a subproject from its source, follow these steps:

1 Display the Gantt Chart or other task view.

2 Click the subproject summary task.

3 On the Standard toolbar, click Task Information.

4 In the Inserted Project Information dialog box, click the Advanced tab.

5 Clear the Link To Project check box.

The subproject is now disconnected from its source, and all the tasks are adopted as native to the master project. The inserted project icon is removed from the Indicators field. Although the project filename still appears in the summary task name field, it's now just a regular summary task—not an inserted project (see Figure 14-9).

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Figure 14-9. The tasks from the disconnected subproject remain in the project, but they no longer have a link to the source project file.

Removing a Subproject from the Master Project

You can completely delete a subproject from the master project and keep the subproject file intact. To remove a subproject from the master project:

1 Display the Gantt Chart or other task view.

2 Select the heading of the row containing the subproject summary task.

3 Click Edit, Delete Task, or simply press the Delete key.

A Planning Wizard message reminds you that you're about to delete a summary task along with all of its subtasks.

4 Make sure that the Continue option is selected and then click OK.

The subproject is removed from the master project. However, the source file for the subproject is still intact.

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