How to Add and Remove Columns in Project for the Web’s Grid View

Hello there! In this guide, I’m going to walk you through the easy process to add and remove columns in the grid view of Project for the Web. This simple customization can make your project management experience much smoother. Let’s jump right in!

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Add and Remove Columns: Understanding Columns in Project for the Web

When you start a new project in Project for the Web, the software provides you with a set of default columns, including Quick Look, Assign To, and Duration. However, as your project evolves, you might find that these default columns don’t quite align with your needs. That’s where the flexibility of adding and removing columns comes in handy.

Removing Columns

  • Select the Column to Remove: In the grid view, locate the column header you want to remove.
  • Hide the Column: Click on the column header, and a menu will appear. Choose the option “Hide Column.” This will remove the selected column from your view.

Adding Columns

  • Expand the Column Options: Look for the “Add Column” option, often displayed as a column header.
  • Choose Column Type: You’ll have the choice to create a new custom column or select from default columns that are available. These default columns cover various project management aspects.

Now, let’s delve into which columns are recommended for each stage of the project management life cycle:

  • During the Task Planning process, do the following:
    • Remove the Quick Look and Assign To columns
    • Add the Start Date, Finish Date, Dependents (after) and Depends On columns
  • During the Assignment Planning process, do the following:
    • Remove the Dependents (after) and Depends On columns
    • Add the Assigned To and Effort columns
  • During Execution stage, do the following:
    • Remove the Assign To and Effort columns
    • Add the Percent Complete, Effort Completed, and Effort Remaining columns

Feel free to mix and match these columns to align with the specific requirements of each stage

Customizing Your View for Efficient Project Management

  • Use the following tailored Task Progress tracking method:
    • Use “Percent Complete” to track task progress.
    • “Effort Completed” and “Effort Remaining” provide insights into effort distribution.
  • Assigning Resources:
    • Utilize the “Assigned To” column to allocate tasks.
    • Enter work “Effort” required for each task.

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