Reporting, Episode 4

Starting with the 2013 release, Microsoft improved the reporting experience from within Microsoft Project. These improvements are very powerful and allow the project manager to produce insightful and informative reports very easily.

Understanding the building blocks of the new reporting features will help the project manager create new reports. Every report is built on three key elements:

  • A table
  • A chart
  • A text box

Along with these elements, images and shapes can be added to any report. To get started, let’s examine the Project Overview report. The report is shown in the following illustration with its components numbered:

Reporting 4 Pic 1

Each of these elements is described below:

  1. This report title is a simple text box
  2. The first part of the date range is a table containing the project start date
  3. The hyphen separating the two dates is a text box
  4. The second part of the date range is the project finish date
  5. The % Complete is a table showing project percent complete
  6. The header over the Milestones Due is a text box
  7. The data showing Milestones Due is a table
  8. The header over the % Complete chart is a text box
  9. The % Complete chart is a chart
  10. The header over the Late Tasks is a text box
  11. The Late Tasks is a table

Eleven different elements on a single report!

 

Applies To: Microsoft Project 2013 and later

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