Project Summary Task in Microsoft Project for the Web

Hey there, fellow project managers! In today’s blog post, I’m excited to share a nifty workaround that I recently discovered. It’s all about bringing the much-loved Project Summary Task feature from Microsoft Project’s desktop application to the new Project for the Web platform. As you may know, this feature isn’t readily available in Project for the Web, but fear not – I’ve got a step-by-step guide to help you overcome this limitation. If you would prefer to watch the YouTube video on this subject, click here or click the thumbnail below.

Project Summary Task

What Is the Project Summary Task?

First off, let’s talk about the Project Summary Task and why it’s so important. In Microsoft Project’s desktop application, it’s often referred to as “row 0” or “task 0.” This task is a powerhouse as it summarizes all the project information into a single row, showcasing the project’s duration, start date, finish date, total work, and total cost. It’s like a bird’s-eye view of your entire project. Unfortunately, this feature hasn’t made its way to Project for the Web yet, but I’ve got a solution that works like a charm.

Creating Your Artificial Project Summary Task

Here’s where the magic happens. To emulate the Project Summary Task in Project for the Web, follow these steps:

  1. Hover and Click: Position your mouse pointer over task number 1.
  2. Unlock the Options: In the right end of the task name, you’ll spot a “more options” button. Give it a click.
  3. Insert a Task: From the flyout menu, select “insert task above.” This will give you a fresh blank task row to work with.
  4. Name Your Task: Time to name your artificial project summary task. I usually go with the project name followed by “summary,” but you can get creative here!
  5. Press Enter: Once you’ve named your task, hit the enter key to seal the deal.

Setting Up the Task Hierarchy

Now that you’ve got your artificial project summary task in place, let’s set up the task hierarchy to mirror the magic of the Project Summary Task.

  1. Select and Extend: Click on task number 2 to select it.
  2. Hold and Select: To select multiple tasks, press and hold the Shift key and the control key on your keyboard. While holding these keys, press the down-arrow key to select all tasks from number two to the end.
  3. Create Subtasks: Hover your mouse pointer over task number two and give that “more options” button another click. From the menu, choose “make sub task.” Voila – task number one is now your artificial project summary task!

Behold Your New Project Summary Task

Check out task number 1 now – it’s transformed into your artificial project summary task. It showcases the project’s duration, start date, finish date, and total work. It’s like we’ve brought the best of both worlds together.

Why You’ll Want to Do This

Creating an artificial project summary task is a game-changer in Project for the Web. It gives you that high-level overview that’s so valuable for managing projects effectively. Whether it’s tracking project timelines or keeping an eye on the total effort, this workaround has you covered.

I hope this guide has been helpful in bridging the gap between the Project Summary Task and Project for the Web. If you have questions, please add them in the Comments section below. Or if you watch the video, add your questions or comments there. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave “Likes” if you like the videos.

Dale Howard Project MVP
Dale Howard
Microsoft Project MVP “20 Years”

About Me

Hello there Microsoft Project lovers! I’m Dale Howard and I’ve been a Microsoft Project MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for 20 years in a row and I’m currently one of only 26 Project MVPs in the entire world. Pretty exciting, right!?

If you post a question about any of Microsoft’s PPM tools on the public message boards, look to see who the moderator or person that has answered the questions and you see, it’s frequently me answering your questions. Some people like to golf, I love Microsoft Project helping the community get to understand Microsoft Project much better.

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