Whats the difference between a consolidated project and a master project

A consolidated project is simply another implementation of the Insert Project feature. The differences are as follows:

• The consolidated project is not necessarily structured as a hierarchy, as are the master project and subprojects. With a consolidated project, you might bring all the projects together at the same outline level. With subprojects, some projects might be subordinate to others, and you're likely to need them to be laid out in a specific sequence.

• The projects might be completely unrelated to one another. The consolidated project might simply be a repository for multiple project files.

• The consolidation of projects in a single file might be temporary—just long enough for you to review certain information or generate a report.

To combine multiple projects into a single consolidated project file, follow these steps:

On the Standard toolbar, click New. A new project window appears. Click Insert, Project.

Select the project files you want to include in the consolidated project. If the project files are all stored on the same drive and in the same folder, open that location. Hold down the Shift key to select multiple adjacent project files. Hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple nonadjacent project files.

Click the Insert button. The projects are inserted into the new file (see Figure 14-10).

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Task Name

Duration

Start

M T W T F S S M T W T F

1

± Residential Construction

152 days

Thu 1/1/04

Fri 7/30/04

2

+ Office Move

127 days

Thu 1/1/04

Fri 6/25/04

3

+ New Business

124 days

Thu 1/1/04

Tue 6/22/04

4

± Software Development

1D3 days

Thu 1/1/04

Men 5/24/04

Figure 14-10. The selected projects are inserted into a new window.

If you need to consolidate project files located on other drives or folders, repeat Steps 2-4 until all the files you want are consolidated into your new project file. To keep this file permanently, click File, Save. Select the drive and folder in which you want to store the consolidated file. Enter a name for the consolidated file in the File Name box and then click the Save button.

If you're just using this file temporarily, you don't need to save it.

If the project files are already open, you can use the following alternative method to consolidate them:

1 Make sure that all the project files you want to consolidate are open.

2 Click Window, New Window.

3 In the Projects list, click the names of the project files you want to consolidate (see Figure 14-11).

Hold down the Shift key (for adjacent project files) or the Ctrl key (for nonadjacent project files) to select the other projects.

Figure 14-11. Select the projects you want to consolidate in the New Window dialog box.

4 In the View list, click the view in which you want to display the consolidated information initially.

After you click OK, a new project window appears with the multiple project files inserted and expanded to show all tasks (see Figure 14-12).

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Task Name

3,'03 Jan 4,'04 Jan11,'04

T|W|T F |S SMT WT F S S|M T|W

1

IS]

0 Residential Construction

1

B Single Family House - Architect Design (3,000 sguare feet

2

B Foundation

3

Excavate for foundations

1

5

Place concrete for foundations £ basement walls

6

Cure basement walls for 7 days

2

B Office Move

B Two To Six Months Before Moving Day

3

Identify potential office sites

\-

Make final decision on office space

5

Finalize lease on office space

6

Identify major tenant improvement needs

3

0 Engineering

1

E-l Conceptual

2

B Planning and Control

3

Business plan identifying project opportunity

1 1

Figure 14-12. The selected projects are inserted into a new window and consolidated in alphabetical order.

Figure 14-11. Select the projects you want to consolidate in the New Window dialog box.

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