Open a project

Opening a project is straightforward, but the details are different for Microsoft Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010 when it is connected to Project Server 2010.

What do you want to do?


Open a project with Project Standard

  1. Click the File tab, and then click Open.
  1. In the left pane of the Open dialog box, click the drive or folder that contains the project.
  2. In the right pane of the Open dialog box, open the folder that contains the project that you want.
  3. Click the project and then click Open.

Open different types of projects

In the Open dialog box, do one of the following:

  • To open a project as read-only or as a copy, click the arrow next to the Open button Arrow next to Open button image., and then click the corresponding option.
  • To open a project in an ODBC-compliant database, click ODBC, select a data source name (DSN), and then log on to its database.
  • To open a project in a Microsoft Access database (.mdb or .accdb ), click Microsoft Access Database in the Files of type list, and then click Open.
  • To open a project in a Project database, click Project Database in the list to the right of the File name box, and then click Open.
  • To open a project created in another program, click the file format that you want in the list to the right of the File name box, and then double-click the file name in the folder list. You can also type the extension in the File name box (for example, type *.mpt to find Project template files).

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Open a project with Project Professional

With Project Professional 2010, you can open a project from Project Server, as described in the following section, or you can open a project from your computer by following the instructions for Project Standard.

Open a project from Project Server

  1. Click the File tab, and then click Open.
  1. In the Open dialog box, click Enterprise Projects and then do one of the following:
    • To open a project from your local cache, double-click the project's name.
    • To open a project from the server, double-click Retrieve the list of all projects from Project Server and then double-click the project's name.
  2. To open a read-only version of the project (for example, if it is already checked out), select Read Only in the Mode section.
  3. To open a copy of the published version of the project, select Published in the Store section.

Here are some things to remember when you open a project from Project Server:

  • When you open a project from Project Server, it is checked out to prevent anyone else from making changes to it while you are working on it.
  • If your cache is nearly full when you try to open a project, you may receive an error message indicating that the cache is too full to open the project. You can clear your cache or increase the cache size limit to get around this issue.
  • The Working and Published options on the Open dialog box enable you to choose whether to open the working version of the project or the published version. The working version might have changes that are not yet reflected in the published version.

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Applies to:
Project 2010