Project for the Web Quick Start: Create a project

This blog post will teach you how to create a project in Project for the Web.

Start a new project

  1. In Project Home, click New blank project.
  1. Press Untitled project and name your project.
  • Without configuring any settings, you are the Project Manager and today is confirmed as the project Start date, but you can edit these to your personal preferences.

Add tasks and summary tasks

  1. Pick Add new task and enter a task name. Then click Enter.
  1. Type another task name and press Enter again until you have a full list of tasks.
  1. To indent tasks below summary tasks, choose the three vertical dots beside the task name and select Make subtask.

Tips:

  1. To pick several tasks, choose a task, press and hold Ctrl, and then click another task.
  1. You can also select Promote subtask to relocate tasks out from beneath summary tasks.
The Add New Task selection in Project
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The Make Sub-Task menu selection within a project in Project
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Assign tasks

To assign tasks, your project must be associated with an Office 365 Group. If you’re the project owner, you can:

  • Insert your project to a group by selecting Group members at the top of your project.
  • Add or delete people from the project’s group.

To assign a task:

  1. In the Assigned to column for a task, pick the person icon.
  1. Select a team member from the list or type text to search for one.

For further information on assigning tasks, see Share a project.

Add duration and columns

It’s usually simplest to start building your project with timescales.

  1. In the Duration column for a task, input the number of days you anticipate it will take to achieve. If you want to use a different unit of time, type a number and the word hoursweeks, or months. If you want your task to appear as a diamond-shaped milestone  Screen shot of a milestone icon in Project for the web in Timeline view, enter 0 days in the Duration column.
  1. Click Enter to move to the next task’s Duration field and continue typing durations.

Note: You can’t put any duration for summary tasks.

You can keep creating extra details to your project by inserting columns.

  • Next to the Duration column header, select Add Column.

Build a project

Manage a project

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Project desktop Quick Start

Create a project

Edit a project

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Project Online Quick Start

Project Online Quick Start

Collaborate

Share your project

Share a project in Project for the web

Share a roadmap with a group

Share a timeline in Project desktop

Create and share a resource pool in Project desktop

Publish a project to Project Web App

Get started with a Project site

Time reporting

Enter hours on your timesheet in Project Online

Add a task to your timesheet in Project Online

Capture vacation, sick leave, and other non-project hours in Project Online

Take back a timesheet that you sent for approval in Project Online

Task progress

Track your time and task progress in Project Online

Report your task progress in Project Online

Report the percent of work you’ve completed in Project Online

Update how much work you have left to do in Project Online

Hand off work to someone else in Project Online

Assign someone else to enter your time and task progress in Project Online

View other projects across your organization in Project Online

Projects & tasks

Projects

Get started with Project for the web

Organize your project in Board view in Project for the web

Copy a project in Project for the web

Open a Project Online project in Project desktop

Open a project for editing in Project Online

Change a project’s template in Project Online

Edit project details in Project Online

Publish a project in Project Online

Export your Project Online project to Microsoft Excel

Add an issue to a project in Project Online

View a project document in Project Online

Scheduling

Project management goal: Create a new project schedule in Project desktop

Set the start date or finish date for your project in Project desktop

Link projects to create a master project in Project desktop

Show the critical path of your project in Project desktop

Set and save a baseline in Project desktop

Create WBS codes in Project desktop

Show slack in your project in Project desktop

Create tasks

Build a project in Grid and Timeline views in Project for the web

Create a new task in Project Online

Indent or outdent tasks in your project in Project Online

Link tasks in your project in Project Online

Create or update a baseline or an interim plan

Add tasks to a project timeline in Project Online

Change the appearance of a timeline in Project Web App

Get email reminders about your work in Project Web App

Add a risk to a project in Project Online

SharePoint task lists

Overview: View a SharePoint task list in Project Web App

Add an existing SharePoint task list to Project Web App

Work with a SharePoint task list in Project Web App

Customize timesheets and task progress for your organization

Change a SharePoint task list into an enterprise project in Project Online

Remove a SharePoint task list from Project Web App

Add projects and tasks to the Project Center timeline in Project Online

Set up policies for capturing time and task progress

Set up how time and task progress are captured

View an imported SharePoint task list in Project Web App

Configure time and task progress

Intermediate

Resources

Manage resources

View resource workloads and availability in Project desktop

Add a resource to Project Web App

Add or update enterprise resources using an external data file

Use data to forecast resource demand in Project Online

Replace a resource in Project Online

Evaluate resource capacity in Project Online

Use team resources in Project Online

Resource engagements

Overview: Resource engagements

Activate resource engagements in Project Online

FAQ: Resource engagements are replacing the old resource plans

Accept or reject an engagement request in Project Online

Format & print

Change how things look

Change the date format in Project desktop

Wrap text and change row height in a Project view in Project desktop

Hide or unhide a column in a Project view in Project desktop

Show task names next to Gantt chart bars in Project desktop

Change the timescale in a Project view in Project desktop

Change the color of external links in Project desktop

Rename a project in Project desktop

Views

Build a project in Grid and Timeline views in Project for the web

Organise your project in Board view in Project for the web

Split a view in Project desktop

Show the project summary task in Project desktop

Create a Network Diagram in Project desktop

Create and work with subtasks and summary tasks in Project desktop

Sort tasks, resources, or dates in Project desktop

Project functions for custom fields in Project desktop

Print, save, and export

Print a project schedule in Project desktop

Save a project file in Project desktop

Save or convert to PDF or XPS in Project desktop

Copy reports, calendars, and views in Project desktop

Export project data from Project desktop to Excel

File formats supported by Project desktop

Expert

Reporting

Portfolio dashboard

Use the portfolio analysis scatter chart in Project Online

Create report

Use Excel to create a Project Online report

Create a project report in Project desktop

Create a burndown report in Project desktop

Expert

Troubleshooting

I can’t figure out how to install Project. Help?

What should I do if my Project Online administrator gets locked out?

Why do my dates keep moving around?

More fixes for recent issues

What’s the difference between Project Online and Project Professional?

I can’t access Project Online. What should I do?

An indicator says a resource is overloaded. How come?

When I copy and paste a task, I lose its duration and dependencies. Why?

Create New Calendar is greyed out. How do I change working days?

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