Base a new project on an existing project or a template

ShowBase your new project on an existing project (MPP)

  1. Click Open Button image.
  2. Locate and open the folder that contains the project, and then click the project.
  3. Click Open.
  4. If the file is password-protected, type the password in the Password box to open the file.
  5. On the Project menu, click Project Information.
  6. To schedule a project from the start date (start date: The date when a task is scheduled to begin. This date is based on the duration, calendars, and constraints of predecessor and successor tasks. A task's start date is also based on its own calendars and constraints.), type or select the date you want your project to start in the Start date box.

To schedule a project from the finish date (finish date: The date that a task is scheduled to be completed. This date is based on the task's start date, duration, calendars, predecessor dates, task dependencies, and constraints.), click Project Finish Date in the Schedule from box, and then type or select the date you want your project to finish in the Finish date box.

 Note    If you choose to schedule from the finish date and determine how late you can start a project and still finish by a particular date, it's often preferable to switch back to scheduling from the start date when work begins on the project.

  1. Click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. Type a name for the new project in the File name box, and then click Save.

 Notes 

ShowBase your new project on an existing Microsoft Project database file (MPD)

  1. Click Open Button image.
  2. In the Files of type box, click Project Databases.
  3. Locate and open the folder that contains the database, and then click the file you want to use.
  4. Click Open.
  5. In the Open From Database dialog box, click the project that you want to base your new project on, and then click Open.
  6. On the Project menu, click Project Information.
  7. To schedule a project from the start date (start date: The date when a task is scheduled to begin. This date is based on the duration, calendars, and constraints of predecessor and successor tasks. A task's start date is also based on its own calendars and constraints.), type or select the date you want your project to start in the Start date box.

To schedule a project from the finish date (finish date: The date that a task is scheduled to be completed. This date is based on the task's start date, duration, calendars, predecessor dates, task dependencies, and constraints.), click Project Finish Date in the Schedule from box, and then type or select the date you want your project to finish in the Finish date box.

 Note    If you choose to schedule from the finish date and determine how late you can start a project and still finish by a particular date, it's often preferable to switch back to scheduling from the start date when work begins on the project.

  1. Click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. Type a name for the new project in the File name box, and then click Save.

 Notes 

ShowBase your new project on a template (MPT)

  1. To open a template from Project 2003, on the File menu, click New.
  2. In the New Project side pane (side pane: A pane displayed on the left side of the Project and Project Web Access interfaces. In Project, the side pane contains Project Guide information; in Project Web Access, the side pane contains links.), under Templates, click On my computer.
  3. In the Templates dialog box, click the tabs to see the templates available.
  4. Click the template you want to open, and then click OK.
  5. On the Project menu, click Project Information.
  6. To schedule a project from the start date (start date: The date when a task is scheduled to begin. This date is based on the duration, calendars, and constraints of predecessor and successor tasks. A task's start date is also based on its own calendars and constraints.), type or select the date you want your project to start in the Start date box.

To schedule a project from the finish date (finish date: The date that a task is scheduled to be completed. This date is based on the task's start date, duration, calendars, predecessor dates, task dependencies, and constraints.), click Project Finish Date in the Schedule from box, and then type or select the date you want your project to finish in the Finish date box.

 Note    If you choose to schedule from the finish date and determine how late you can start a project and still finish by a particular date, it's often preferable to switch back to scheduling from the start date when work begins on the project.

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. Type a name for the new project in the File name box, and then click Save.

ShowTips

  • Microsoft Project templates may be available on the Office Web site. In the task pane, under Templates, click Templates home page.
  • If templates are stored on your own Web site, under Templates, click On my Web sites.

 Note   Project provides two templates that you can use in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 to start a new project, create a task list and include resources, and then import this information into Project. These templates automatically map fields and information directly into Project. The Microsoft Project Task List Import template allows you to build a basic task list. The Microsoft Project Plan Import Export template enables you to create the task list, add resources, and make assignments. This template can be imported into Project and exported back to Excel for revising.

These templates are automatically installed in the main Microsoft Office templates folder. To work with them, open Microsoft Excel 2002 or later, click New on the File menu, and then in the New Workbook task pane, click General Templates. Learn which templates are available for Project.

 
 
Applies to:
Project 2003