Course summary: Make the switch to Project 2013

Just start working

Open a file from Project 2007, or click File > New.

Use files between versions

Project 2007 files should open and run in 2013. Files created in 2013 but saved in the 2007 format, then opened in 2007 may look different. And any features unique to 2013, such as manually scheduled tasks, are not available in Project 2007.

The ribbon

Instead of menus, the ribbon gives you tabs with groups of commands. The tools you use most are on the Task tab. Click the Resource tab to assign and remove resources from a task, and get detailed information about a resource. Use the Report tab to create and customize graphical reports, and the Project tab to get and set schedule information, including setting a baseline.

Save your files

Click File > Save As. Select a location for your file and click Save. If you use Office 365 or OneDrive, click Add a Place, click the service you want to use, then log in.


File > Print provides a print preview of your schedule before you print.

Contextual tabs

Some tabs appear and disappear, depending on what you’re doing. For example, when you display a report, the Report Tools and possibly the Table Tools tabs appear.

Convert to other Project formats

Convert a Project 2007 file to Project 2013

  • Click File > Save As, choose a location, and in the Save Asdialog box, open the Save as typelist and click Project > Save.

    Convert a Project 2013 file to Project 2007

  • Click File > Save As, choose a location, and in the Save Asdialog box, open the Save Aslist, click Microsoft Project 2007 > Save. Compatibility Checker may warn about unsupported features. Click Continue if you’re OK with the changes.

See also

Connect with an expert
Contact us
Expand your skills
Explore training

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.