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Loss of Data field access RRS feed

  • Question

  • After opening a file created in a legacy format (Project Server 2003) access to all of the data fields was lost. When attempting to insert a new field, the data field list appears, but am not able to select and insert the desired field. Hav also lost the ability to make changes to task constraints, calendars, etc. It appears that the legacy file had extensively utilized all of the existing data fileds and contained links to numerous lookup tables and formulae which displaced and locked out access. I have attempted to replace the "new" global file with a previous version with no success.

    Other than having MS Project totally removed from my laptop and then reinstalled, with the subsequent loss of access to my own analytical toolset,are ther any other approaches?

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:02 PM

Answers

  • Michael,

    I assume you are trying to open your legacy file in Project 2010. And from the description of your issues it might be a simple matter of an incorrectly set option. Go to File/Options/Advanced/Edit group. If the option to "edit directly in cell" is not checked, check it.

    If the option noted above is already checked, it might be a case of a corrupt file. That can sometimes happen when working across versions. If you no longer have access to Project 2003, the steps to clear possible corruption may be limited. You could try method 4, detailed in FAQ 43 found on the MVP website at, http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm#Handling_project_file_corruption_and/or_bloat

    By the way, I assume you have your trust center setting to allow loading files with legacy formats. I also assume you have the latest updates installed on whatever version of Project you are using. If you are not sure, check the following website:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ee748587

    John

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:43 AM

All replies

  • Michael,

    I assume you are trying to open your legacy file in Project 2010. And from the description of your issues it might be a simple matter of an incorrectly set option. Go to File/Options/Advanced/Edit group. If the option to "edit directly in cell" is not checked, check it.

    If the option noted above is already checked, it might be a case of a corrupt file. That can sometimes happen when working across versions. If you no longer have access to Project 2003, the steps to clear possible corruption may be limited. You could try method 4, detailed in FAQ 43 found on the MVP website at, http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm#Handling_project_file_corruption_and/or_bloat

    By the way, I assume you have your trust center setting to allow loading files with legacy formats. I also assume you have the latest updates installed on whatever version of Project you are using. If you are not sure, check the following website:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ee748587

    John

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:43 AM
  • John -

    Thanks. That solved the issue, though it was not in the legacy file, but in all my other data sets. I dumped the legacy file under the assumption that it was corrupt and had somehow corrupted my existing files. I will caution and advise others with regard to bringin legacy MS Project files across. It is interesting that the options had become "unchecked" without user input.

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:18 AM
  • Michael,

    You're welcome and thanks for the feedback.

    I myself was taken aback by the "edit directly in cell" option when I first tried Project 2010. I never paid any attention to that option in previous versions. In my opinion, what Project 2010 does when the option isn't checked it unacceptable.

    John

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:22 PM