Feb 07, 2014
allows end users to customise their application views by creating custom fields
. Not every company or industry has the same type of information requirements, and although the 'Out of the Box' example is a good standard, sometimes we need to have the exact information as per our industry and company.
Today, I'll demonstrate how to create these custom fields in Microsoft Project. Keep in mind that you can use this process in both Project 2010 and 2013.
How to create and lookup custom fields
- In the navigation bar, click on the 'Project' tab and select 'Custom Fields.'
- In the pop-up dialog box, select the 'Resource' field, choose 'Text1' and rename it to your requirements e.g. State.
- In the same dialog box, under 'Custom attributes', click on 'Lookup' to create a drop-down lookup field.
- Another dialog box will appear. Add the other states where your company operates for this project e.g. Victoria, New South Wales.
- For the sake of this example, I'll set Queensland as the default value and the 'Display order' to be ascending.
- Click 'Close' to finish.
If you don't want any other user adding to this table, make sure that you have left the option 'Allow additional items to be entered into the fields' unchecked.
Once you've created your custom field, you can modify your worksheet by adding the field as a column. In the image below, I've inserted the custom field as a column in my Resource sheet. Now, I'll be able to identify and assign resources easily. This custom field can also be added into Gantt charts and anywhere else required.
Note that this is a custom text
field. You could apply this process to other types of fields such as cost, data, duration, start, finish, flag, and number fields. However, you can't apply this process to an 'Outline code' field, which will be a different topic for another post.