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  1. Improve Project Opening times by rolling-up EngagementTimephasedDataSet

    Our use case is for Programmes/Projects spanning multiple years, with resources assigned for the length of a Programme.

    Currently Project Desktop takes an age to open Project Plans, because of the sheer amount of data in the EngagementTimephasedDataSet.

    We'd like to see this be aggregated up to weekly/monthly/fiscal period like the other timephased developments to help speed up opening of plans.

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      0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • New Features like Agile and Planner integration not available on Terminal Server

      It is not possible to use the new features like Agile boards and Planner integration in a terminal services environment, even if the Project client is patched to the latest version using click-to-run via the Office Deployment tool. To provide Project quickly to a lot of users especially during ramp-up situations (Proof of concept, Office migration, etc...), it would be highly beneficial to add this capability.

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        0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Dashboard to over view multiple projects

        I run several projects at once. So a dashboard of a summary of all project would be useful

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          0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • FIX THE BUG WHICH CAUSES ERROR IF A question MARK OR AN AMPERSAND

          FIX THE BUG WHICH CAUSES ERROR IF A question MARK OR AN AMPERSAND Dear Ches
          As your technician Ches saw from my screen an error message was popping up which appears to be related to an invalid character. I usually do no use Sharepoint and save ALL my files locally. I suspect that even though I don’t use Sharepoint, Project is designed as if every user does use Sharepoint.
          Can I switch that off ??

          Can I suggest that this issue (illegal character) be put into the knowledge base also that the error message be changed so that the specific…

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            0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Importing views

            It would be great if we could import custom views from project online to Project Professional, so we can use Project PRO same as project online, so we can manage projects as we need.
            It is a big problem if we need to create views and we already have them in project online.

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              0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Project Baseline Timestamp is not included in XML header

              If you save a project with a baseline as xml file, the baseline values are included within the xml, but not the creation date of the baseline. It would be very helpful, if the timestamp is also included in the xml header.

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              • Allow Set Baseline for Selected Tasks to update top level information

                When you update baseline for selected tasks, it does not update "Resources" at the Top Level of the project.

                These are only updated if you re-baseline the "Entire Project" (wiping away all other task baselines you want to retain).

                Solution Idea #1: Put a checkbox on the Update Baseline dialog box to also include "Update Resources".

                We are trying to use MS Project to capture budget & expense information (labor, equipment, material, etc..). We want to capture these and use MS Project to tell us what the variance is.

                These items are added as "resources" in MS Project. Labor Expense…

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                  0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Project fiscal calendars should match Project Server/Project Online fiscal calendars

                  Our fiscal calendars don't start and end on the first and last day of calendar months. In Project Web App you can specify a 4/4/5 fiscal calendar. This makes reporting against fiscal time quite easy. Unfortunately this calendar doesn't sync with Project Desktop's calendar. In fact, there is no way to specify a 4/4/5 fiscal calendar in Project Desktop. This makes validating reports extremely time consuming for our Project Managers.

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                    0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • BUG: Baseline no Baseline

                    There is a bug of sorts. Where a baseline is set but is not displayed in the set baseline box. A pretty specific method to set the baseline but not have it appear in the set baseline box so I made a blog post about it rather than trying to put it all right here. Go to http://www.epmstrategy.com/baseline-no-baseline/ to see the full explanation.

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                      0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Apply Task Path color coding to Relationship Diagram view to see what's driving the schedule

                      When looking at the Relationship Diagram, it's not possible to determine which direct predecessor is driving the selected task, or which direct successor is being driven by the selected task. Would be nice to apply the Task Path color coding to the Relationship Diagram so you can quickly see the driving path for a selected task.

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Navigation of gantt chart should not change the way it is printed

                        Each time the Gantt chart of MS Project is zoomed in/out or navigated, the printed chart is modified, and the user needs to enter again all the data of the timescale, to be able to correctly print the Gantt char.

                        It makes nonsense, and is a huge problem. It should work like MS Word and Excel does. Navigation of the document should not change the way it is printed.

                        This poor programming belongs to beta level software, not a decades old commercial software.

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                          3 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • WIle publsihing pop up comes up asking to create project site

                          Project EPT is set to do not create site in project online. Whenever a project schedule is opened up for editing in Project Pro, while publishing the changes, A pop up comes up asking to create project site when it shouldn't. It comes up every time a project is published.

                          Attached screenshot. Could you please assist.

                          If we select create project site is publishes the project but no site is created as expected but next time it comes up again and do not create project site option on the pop up is always disabled.

                          Has anything changed recently as this…

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                          • Show proper message when opening Project when acting as delegate

                            Show a proper descriptive message when opening Project when acting as delegate.

                            Right now when someone starts Project while acting as a delegate, a message pops up saying "Project was unable to establish a connection with <pwa>", which is highly confusing to new users.

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                            • Import a baseline like other tools such as Primvavera and Asta

                              Import a baseline like other tools such as Primavera and Asta

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                              • enable printing on A0 or A1

                                enable printing on A0 or A1

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                                • Make the spell checker dialog box scroll to matching sheet row cell

                                  When you use the spell checker, the dialog box opens on screen and ID's a mis-spelled word. But the sheet row cells remain static on screen. It doesn't automatically scroll down to the matching cell where the error is found. (As does other Office programs Excel, Word do.) So you can see the word in context without having to manually scroll to it. (MSP Pro 2016)

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                                  • Make 'Start' and 'finish' dates Read only

                                    PMs often change 'Start' and 'Finish' dates for tasks accidently which, in turn, applies scheduling constraints to tasks. This often introduces confusion and complexity into a schedule.

                                    Instead I suggest that 'Start' and 'Finish' columns for 'Auto scheduled' tasks be made read only. (if you want to adjust dates, use manually scheduled tasks).

                                    If a PM wants to impose fixed date (my means of a Scheduling Constraint) they could double click on the task and from the advanced tab of the Task Information apply a scheduling constraint from there.

                                    I understand that this is a significant paradigm shift for Project…

                                    24 votes
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                                    • Make Project Id field visible in Project Professional

                                      If an Enterprise Project Type has a Project ID enabled, it should be visible in the Project client too, e.g. in the Project Information dialog.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Add a filter for predecessors and successors of a selected task

                                        The current #TaskPath feature will highlight predecessors and successors of a selected task, but when you have several hundred tasks and the successors are many lines below, it is difficult to follow the full task path. I would like to be able to #filter the predecessors and successors (and driving predecessors and driven successors) to get a quick look at all the dependent tasks.

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                                        • Improve visual for saving process

                                          When saving updates on a project, the field that shows if it's still processing or if the saving process is completed is only showing at the top of the page and doesn't move with when you are at the bottom of the page, very frustrating.

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