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Get Project Center View to display current time period RRS feed

  • Question

  • Project Server 2010.

    We have had a request from a customer who would like to see "Current time" in the time-phased element of their Project Center view. At present the time-phased element shows a lot of "white space" where nothing is happening.

    I know that there is no date range or zoom option in how a Project Center view is constructed.

    I can manually get to where I want on the timescale in the Project Center in a specific view which appears to be remembered when I return to that view. The view settings appear to be remembered if I close the browser and then reopen it. However these settings are specific to the user not the view, so each user has to do the same thing to achieve the same timescale/zoom view of projects.

    Having browsed this forum I have not seen a definitive answer to this issue.

    Is this one of those "that's how it is" situations?


    Dominic Moss MAPM Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Wellingtone Ltd - Your Project Management Partner - Certified Microsoft Partner Specialising in EPM/PPM - Corporate Members of the Association for Project Management [APM] - Members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation [REC] www.wellingtone.co.uk http://www.wellingtone.co.uk/blog Subscribe to The Wellingtone Project Management Newsletter Join the thousands of project management professionals who receive practical, straight forward advice, templates, tips and expert articles every month.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:36 AM

Answers

  • Dominic --
     
    I believe your customer is asking the Project Center to navigate to the current date automatically whenever a user accesses the Project Center.  Unfortunately, that is not how the Project Center works.  Sorry.  Your custom will simply need to learn how to scroll the Project Center, and learn how to zoom in and zoom out as well.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:25 PM
    Moderator

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  • Dominic --
     
    I believe your customer is asking the Project Center to navigate to the current date automatically whenever a user accesses the Project Center.  Unfortunately, that is not how the Project Center works.  Sorry.  Your custom will simply need to learn how to scroll the Project Center, and learn how to zoom in and zoom out as well.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:25 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Dale,

    Thanks as always for taking the time to share your knowledge - the requirement isn't to go to the current date but for the Project Centre to display the correct date range from the beginning of the earliest project to the end of the latest project.

    FYI here is a bit more background:

    They have Zoomed out to the point where the timescale displayed shows years on the minor element of the display, they do have the vertical splitter set at a point that displays the required colum

    The customer is looking to print out the Project Center view using a Plotter and at present whilst they can see the correct tabular information the plotter insists on printing the date range from a date earlier than the earliest starting project and rather frustratingly up to a date which is before the start date of the earliest starting project so as a result the timephased element of their print out shows no Gantt Bars.

    I have had a play around with the print option in PWA and have not found any option to specify the date range like there is in the Project Pro print options.

    Their requirement is slightly at odds with the design intent of Project Server - it being the go to location to obtain information, however as you may no doubt have experienced whilst Microsoft have designed with good intent there are people who are averse to getting hands on in any way with PWA and this resistance can tend to be more pronounced the closer people are to the summit of their organisation.


    Dominic Moss MAPM, MCTS, MCITP, MCT http://www.wellingtone.co.uk/pm_news.htm http://www.wellingtoneepm.co.uk/

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 2:02 PM