Using inserted projects and their source files

You can link an inserted project to its source file, as was shown in Figure 15-2. If you don't want to link an inserted project to its source file, any changes that you make to the inserted project in the consolidated project file don't affect the source file. Similarly, any changes that you make to the source file don't affect the consolidated project file that contains the subproject. Therefore, why wouldn't you want to link the files? You may want to create a consolidated file just so you can generate a report quickly.

In many circumstances, linking the files makes updating easier. Linking ensures that any changes that you make in either the consolidated project or the subproject file affect the other file. When you insert a project and link it to its source file, you are creating a link between two files; that link works like any link that you create between two files in the Windows environment. For example, if you rename the subproject file or move it to a different folder than the one in which you originally saved it, you need to update the link to the consolidated project; otherwise, the link does not work. If you move a file that you have linked, you can update the link on the Advanced tab of the Inserted Project Information dialog box for the inserted project, as shown in Figure 15-8.

Figure 15-8: The Advanced tab of the Inserted Project Information dialog box.

Tip You also can unlink subprojects from their source files by using the Advanced tab of the Inserted Project Information dialog box. To do so, deselect the Link to pro* ject check box.

Or, you can simply attempt to expand the inserted project. When you click the plus sign next to the subproject, Project automatically displays a dialog box that looks like the Open dialog box. Use this dialog box to navigate to the new location of the file, and click OK after you finish.

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