Changing name of project RRS feed

  • Question

  •  I  have a project which  have actuals in it.

    If I change name on the projects to new name, will it create a new project or will replace the existing one on the server.


    Friday, May 30, 2014 2:55 PM

All replies

  • You can rename the project without any problem, since the Unique ID will remain unchanged. It won't create a new project.

    Notice that if you do that from MS Project Pro in the file/open dialog window by clicking right on the project name and selecting "rename", you'll have to open the project and publish it.

    DO NOT do a "save as", it will create a new project.

    Hope this helps,

    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MCP, MCTS |

    Friday, May 30, 2014 3:20 PM
  • Project help --

    Assuming you rename the project correctly, you will not have problems.  Here is the correct way to rename the project:

    1. Launch Microsoft Project and connect to Project Server.
    2. Click File > Open.
    3. In the Open dialog, double click the Retrieve the List of All Projects from Project Server item.
    4. In the Open dialog, right-click on the name of the project you want to rename.
    5. On the shortcut menu, choose the Rename item.
    6. When you see the name of the project in editing mode, enter the new name of the project, and then press the Enter key.
    7. When you see the confirmation dialog, click the OK button.

    For the moment, you will continue to see the old name of the project in the Open dialog.  Press the F5 function key to refresh the dialog, and now you should see the new name of the project.  Open the project, save it, and republish it.  From there, you should be fine.  You will lose nothing if you follow this process.  The only thing that will not be changed is the URL of the Project Site for this project.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    Friday, May 30, 2014 3:23 PM
  • For the sake of completeness, here are the steps to change the "Project Site" as well, in case your configuration is set up to automatically create project sites with project names.

    1. Navigate to the Project Site
    2. Click on Site Actions >> Site Settings
    3. Under the Look and Feel section, click on Title, Description, Icon
    4. Change theTitle and also the Web Site Address to match with the Project Name, and Click OK.
    5. Next, Navigate back to PWA >> Server Settings >> Project Sites
    6. Find the Project, that you are changing, and click onEdit Site Address
    7. Under theSite URL, TypePWA/<NewProjectName> (or whatever you provided in step 4).
    8. Test the URL, and then click OK.

    These steps should also set the Project Site name/URL to the new project name. 

    Prasanna Adavi,PMP,MCTS,MCITP,MCT

    Friday, May 30, 2014 5:41 PM
  • Prasanna --

    Excellent additional thoughts, my friend!  Thanks for sharing.  :)

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    Friday, May 30, 2014 7:41 PM
  • Dale,

    No problem. Rare are those opportunities when I can add to your answers :)

    Prasanna Adavi,PMP,MCTS,MCITP,MCT TWitter: @prasannaadavi Blog:

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:31 PM