Example Three Customizing the Project Guide

Microsoft first introduced the Project Guide in Project 2002 to make the software easier to use and more intuitive, especially for new users. The Project Guide interface is integrated into the left of the main Project screen, where Microsoft Office applications display the Task pane (see Figure 25-24).

Project Guide

Project Guide

Figure 25-24: The Project Guide appears on the left side of the main Project screen.

The Project Guide can be customized, extended, or built from scratch to meet your organization's requirements. Organizations can define and develop business processes and procedures and implement them by using a customized Project Guide. Because a Project Guide can be associated to a project plan or project template, you can develop different Project Guides for the various types of projects that are performed by your organization.

The Project Guide is comprised of three components: a toolbar, a side pane, and a main view area (see Figure 25-25). These items are described as follows:

Toolbar

Main view area

Toolbar

Main view area

Sidepane

Figure 25-25: The Project Guide features a toolbar, side pane, and main view area.

Sidepane

Figure 25-25: The Project Guide features a toolbar, side pane, and main view area.

♦ Toolbar: The toolbar is the top level of the Project Guide's structure. The toolbar displays buttons for each of the guide's goal areas. Goal areas organize the project into logical groups of functions that correspond to the major activities that are required to manage a project. The default Project Guide that comes with Project is made up of four goal areas: Tasks, Resources, Track, and Report.

♦ Side pane: The side pane displays on the left side of Project's main screen. This pane displays a list of the tasks that are defined within a particular goal area when you click the button on the Project Guide toolbar for that goal area. For example, the Resources side pane lists each of the resource-related steps that are used to manage a project. When a user clicks the Specify people and equipment for the project resource step, a screen appears in the side pane to lead the user through all the required steps to add resources to a project.

♦ Main view area: The main view area refers to the main Project window that is displayed to the right of the side pane. The main view area usually displays a Project view, but it can also display a Web page from Project Web Access or even your organization's intranet. The main view area's content can change, depending on the task that the user has selected in the Project Guide's side pane.

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