The Table View displays information about a project in tabular form.
It displays activities along with their descriptions, various activity
schedules, resource requirements, calendars, and target dates. The
hierarchical information about an activity is provided in the
Job Nbr column by a number of small square boxes to the left of the
activity number. The number of square boxes corresponds to the level
of the activity in the project hierarchy. Empty boxes indicate that
the activity does not have any subtasks or that it is a leaf activity,
while filled boxes indicate that the activity is a supertask. Some
columns in the Table View are editable while others are write-protected.
The editable columns are lighter in color than the
noneditable ones. In general, a user can type into all columns that
provide input to the project while all other columns that contain
output values from PROC PM are write-protected. For example, in Figure 6.2,
the WBS Code column cannot be edited while the activity and
Duration columns can be edited.
In the Table View you can add or delete activities, add subtasks,
change the order of the columns or the activities, edit activity
information, and so on. These tasks are described in the following
Clicking with the right mouse button on any task in the Table View displays
the pop-up menu shown in Figure 6.7. From this pop-up menu, you can
Add/Copy/Delete the selected task. If the "Add Task" menu item
is selected, the new task is added immediately following the selected
task. If the PM procedure is invoked with
the PROJECT statement (as is always the case if you use PROJMAN),
you can also add a subtask to the selected task. If the
"Copy Task" menu item is selected, a copy of the selected task is
added to the bottom of the Table View. The new task has the same duration
and calendar as the selected task. If the selected task is a supertask,
all its subtasks (and any internal precedence constraints) are copied as well.
Figure 6.7: Table View Pop-up Menu
The width of a column in the Table View can be increased or decreased
by dragging (with the left mouse button) the column dividers in the
Table Header region of the Table View. When the cursor is positioned on
the column divider, it changes to a double arrow. Dragging it to the
right or left increases or decreases the width of the column.
Figure 6.8: Move Columns Pull-down Menu
The display order of columns in the Table View can be changed in
To change the duration of an activity, edit the Duration column in the
Table View. Note that changing an activity's duration to 0 changes
the activity into a Milestone. Activity durations
can also be changed in the Gantt View.
Scroll to columns named Target Date and Target Type. Enter one of
either SGE, SLE, MS, MF, FGE or FLE in the Target Type column. You can
either type the values or select them from the pop-up menu displayed
by pressing the right mouse button in the Target Type column (see
Figure 6.9). Enter the appropriate date in the Target Date column.
You can also view these columns by selecting View->Move Columns to
Left->Target Dates from the pull-down menu (Figure 6.8). You can
also change an activity's alignment constraints in the
- Drag the column in the header row and drop it to the destination.
- Select "View" from the pull-down menu and then choose
"Move Columns to Left" (see Figure 6.8). Choosing any of the
available options moves the corresponding columns to the leftmost
portion of the Table View.
Figure 6.9: Target Type Pop-up Menu
To change an activity's calendar, you can enter the calendar number
in the Activity Calendar column or the calendar description in the
Calendar Name column. Note that the calendars that can be assigned to
an activity are predefined in the Calendar data set. To see a list
of the calendars, you can click in one of the calendar columns with the
right mouse button. This will pop up a list of calendars, from which
you can select the activity's calendar. See Figure 6.10 for an example
of a calendar pop-up menu with two calendars.
Figure 6.10: Calendar Pop-up Menu
You can change the amount of resources required for an activity by
editing the Resource columns in the Table View. Changing the resource
requirement causes the project to be rescheduled using the new
resource specifications. See the "Edit Resource Requirements" section.
You can edit the Actual Start, Actual Finish, Percent Complete or Remaining
Duration for an activity by editing one of the Progress Information columns in
the Table View. Note that by changing one of these columns, all the other
related progress columns may also be affected. For example, entering 100 in the
Percent Complete column for an activity that is in progress updates the
Remaining Duration column to 0, and the Actual Finish column is filled in
appropriately. You can also modify the progress information of an
activity in the Gantt View.
Double clicking on a supertask in the Table View toggles the
expand/collapse switch. This action enables you to either view or hide all the
subtasks of the supertask.
An individual task can be hidden by clicking the right mouse button
over the task in the Table View and choosing "Hide" from the menu shown
in Figure 6.7. Tasks can also be hidden from view using several filters
described in the "Setting Activity Filters" section.
Drag with the left mouse button anywhere in the row corresponding to
an activity you want to move and drop it to the destination.
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