File formats supported by Microsoft Office Project

You can open and save project files in the following file formats. Some formats allow you to save all the information in your project, and some formats allow you to save only the data contained in Project fields.

File Format

Description

Microsoft Project Plan (MPP)

The standard file format for a project, which uses the .mpp extension.

Microsoft Project 2000-2003 file

The standard file format for a project, which uses the .mpp extension. Microsoft Office Project 2007 supports opening from and saving to the file format used by Microsoft Project 2000-2002 and Microsoft Office Project 2003.

Microsoft Project 98 file

The standard file format for a project, which uses the .mpp extension. Microsoft Office Project 2007 supports opening from the Microsoft Project 98 file format.

Microsoft Project Template (MPT)

This is a template file in which you can save boilerplate information. This format uses the .mpt extension. The global file (Global.mpt) is a master template file that can contain formatting information for all projects but it cannot store tasks, resources, or assignments.

Microsoft Project Exchange (MPX)

An ASCII format used with project management and various other programs that support MPX 4.0. This format uses the .mpx extension. Microsoft Project 4.0, Microsoft Project 4.1, and Microsoft Project 98 use the MPX 4.0 file format. In Microsoft Project 2000-2002 and Microsoft Office Project, you cannot save project information to this file format.

Microsoft Excel

A format used by the Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet program. This format uses the .xls extension. You can export field data to this format, but you cannot export an entire project.

Microsoft Excel PivotTable

A format used by the Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet programs for a PivotTable report. You can export field data to this format, but you cannot export an entire project. You can only export to an Excel PivotTable report. You cannot import data from an Excel PivotTable report into Project.

Microsoft Project Database (MPD)

A database format used by Project for storing entire projects. This format uses the .mpd extension. You cannot save to the MPD format using Microsoft Office Project 2007, but you can open projects that are stored in MPD files.

Microsoft Access Database (MDB)

A database format used by the Microsoft Office Access database program, which uses the .mdb extension. You cannot save to the MDB format using Microsoft Office Project 2007, but you can open projects that are stored in MDB files.

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)

A format used by ODBC-compliant Microsoft SQL Server databases. You cannot save to the ODBC format using Microsoft Office Project 2007, but you can open projects that are stored in ODBC files.

Text-only or ASCII

Text-only or ASCII format is a generic text format used by word-processing and other programs. This format uses the .txt extension and is tab delimited. You can export field data from a single Project table to this format, but you cannot export an entire project.

Comma-separated values (CSV)

Comma-separated values (CSV) is a generic text format used with word-processing and other programs. This format uses the .csv extension and is comma delimited, where values are separated by the system list separator. You can export field data from a single Project table to this format, but you cannot export an entire project.

Extensible Markup Language (XML)

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a format used to deliver rich, structured data in a standard, consistent way. This format uses the .xml extension. You can export and import project data with this format. Like the MPX format used in older versions of Project, the XML format can be used to interchange project data between Project and other programs.

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