Project 2016 Quick Start

Create a project

Create a project in Project 2016

Image depicting two views of a project plan
  • Create project plans.

  • Build project teams and allocate resources.

  • See different views of task and resources.

  • Measure progress.

  • Manage budgets.

Note: This Quick Start is specific to Microsoft Project 2016 and the Office 365 subscription Project Online Desktop Client. Project Online has some additional features that support online interaction.

Create a project from a template

  1. Open Project.
    Select File > New if you're already working in a project plan.

  2. Select a template or type in the Search online templates box and then press Enter.
    Or, choose Blank Project to create a project from scratch.

  3. Select a template to display information about the elements included in the template and any options.

  4. Select the options you want, and then select Create.

Change the resources, tasks, and durations in the template so they are right for your project.

Note: To create a new project from an existing project, change the project start and finish dates, and then save the project file with a new name or in a different location.

Screenshot of project plan templates in the Business category.

Add tasks to a project

  1. Select View > Task Views > Gantt Chart.

  2. Type a task name in the first empty Task Name field.

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to enter the tasks you want.

If adding tasks one at a time starts to take too long, you can also:

Screenshot of automatically scheduled tasks entered in a new project plan.
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