Display outline numbers (or WBS codes) in a view

Microsoft Office Project assigns unique outline numbers (outline number: Numbers that indicate the exact position of a task in the outline. For example, a task with an outline number of 7.2 indicates that it's the second subtask under the seventh top-level summary task.) to each task based on the task's level in the hierarchy of the task list.

There are two ways to display outline numbers:

 Note   In some organizations, the outline number for a task may be the same as the task's work breakdown structure (WBS) (WBS: A hierarchical structure that is used to organize tasks for reporting schedules and tracking costs. With Project, you can represent the work breakdown structure by using task IDs or by assigning your own WBS code to each task.) code. WBS codes are similar to outline numbers, but can be edited to use your organization's custom outlining schema. Outline numbers cannot be edited.

Display built-in outline numbers

  1. On the View menu, click a sheet view, such as the Gantt Chart view.

 Tip   To use a view that is not on the View menu, click More Views, select the view you want to use in the Views list, and then click Apply.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab.
  2. Under Outline options for, select the Show outline number check box.

Display the Outline Number field

Displaying the Outline Number field can help you compare outline numbers to another field, such as a custom outline code field that you created for your project's accounting codes.

  1. On the View menu, click a sheet view, such as the Gantt Chart view.

 Tip   To use a view that is not on the View menu, click More Views, select the view you want to use in the Views list, and then click Apply.

  1. Click the heading of the column that you want to appear to the right of the Outline Number column.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Column.
  3. In the Field name box, click Outline Number.
 
 
Applies to:
Project 2007