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  • Question

  • I have a user that cannot view a MS Project file even though he has Project 2010 installed. He stated that he had to download the file and he only wants to view it and not save it to his machine. Is there a way for him to only view the files?

    Lee Turner, TSS Analyst

    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:15 PM

Answers

  • Lee,

    There could be various reasons why the user can open a Project file. He may have an older version that has not been updated to allow viewing Project files created in a later version or maybe he only has a demo version of Project. Can he create new Project files? What version is he using? Is it updated with the latest service pack (see, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ee748587)?

    If all the user needs to do is view the Project files, there are various third party Project viewers. Go to http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm, and take a look at FAQ 16 - Project viewer. I've never tried any of them so I don't know how well they work.

    John

    • Marked as answer by LeeTurner Monday, November 12, 2012 12:48 PM
    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:35 PM

All replies

  • Lee,

    There could be various reasons why the user can open a Project file. He may have an older version that has not been updated to allow viewing Project files created in a later version or maybe he only has a demo version of Project. Can he create new Project files? What version is he using? Is it updated with the latest service pack (see, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ee748587)?

    If all the user needs to do is view the Project files, there are various third party Project viewers. Go to http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm, and take a look at FAQ 16 - Project viewer. I've never tried any of them so I don't know how well they work.

    John

    • Marked as answer by LeeTurner Monday, November 12, 2012 12:48 PM
    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:35 PM
  • I emailed the use to gain a bit more information on this issue based on your reply. I will update the thread when I hear back. Thanks,

    Lee Turner, TSS Analyst

    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:42 PM
  • Lee,

    It's difficult to understand how it would be possible to view a file without downloading it. The file must exist for Project to open it to display it. 


    --rms www.rmschneider.com

    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:53 PM
  • The file resides on a shared network server folder. He does not want to download the file locallyfrom the shared network folder just to review the data in the file.


    Lee Turner, TSS Analyst

    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:57 PM
  • I assure you that to view the file, it has to "move" (call it "download" if you like) from where it is into the computer which is running Project for viewing it. Something else is going on.

    The need to not "download" is masking the real issues.  It just sounds odd.

    Suggest you ask more questions.  Try to get more specific about the symptom or error message they see which allows them to conclude "cannot view".  What happens (exactly) when they try, how are they trying, and as suggested by John, pay attention to the versions of files and Project.  


    --rms www.rmschneider.com

    Friday, November 9, 2012 5:14 PM
  • Are you using Project Server also?

    Sapna Shukla

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:09 PM
    Moderator
  • Apparently, he had a program called Steel Ray Viewer that was remove when he downgraded from 2010 to 2007. I am ging to reinstall the Steel Ray Viewer to re-establish his ability to view Project files without downloading them. Thanks for the replies and help.

    Lee Turner, TSS Analyst

    Monday, November 12, 2012 12:47 PM