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Welcome to the first lesson of "Microsoft Project 2013 for Beginners" series. This course is intended to those who have never used MS Project before but who are already familiar with the basics, those who have been using the older versions or recent versions of MS Project, or even those who have never heard of MS Project before. Over time, some principles of MS Project have changed a bit, and in MS Project 2013 version, there have been many additions and functional changes. Microsoft has tried to make the product usable with touch screen too. In this first part of the course, find out how to install Project 2013 on your computer or handheld device to get yourself started!
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Hello and welcome to our course on Microsoft Project 2013, the award winning project management software for your desktop. My name is Toby and I’m going to be your instructor on this course.
Let me talk first about who this course is for. I hope that anybody who wants to learn how to use Microsoft Project 2013 will get a lot out of this course. But when I was planning the course, I had three particular groups of people in mind. First of all, those people who’ve never used project management software before. One word of warning for everybody including that first group though, I am going to assume that you’re familiar with the basic language of projects and basic principles like a schedule. You may even be familiar with terms such as critical path, resources and overallocation. Now even if you are familiar with these terms, I’ll need to explain them with particular reference to Microsoft Project as we work through the course. But if you know nothing about project management at all, you may find some aspects of this course a bit of a struggle and it would be a good idea to get some background reading in first on project management in general.
The second group of people are people who’ve used a very old version of Microsoft Project, a version before the Ribbon was introduced. Microsoft Project has changed a lot in the two or three versions. Although some of the fundamental principles are exactly the same as they were 15 years ago, some principles have changed a bit and there are many, many new editions to what you can do and the tools that are available in Microsoft Project.
The third group of people are the people who have used one of the more recent versions of Project and for them I’ll be focusing on the specific changes in this version. Not only are there some changes to the aspects of the interface such as the Ribbon, but there are some functional changes as well.
Now let me talk about the structure of the course. I’ve arranged the course into a number of units which are in turn grouped into chapters, and I believe that this forms a logical sequence for learning Project pretty much from scratch. If you’ve used Microsoft Project before, particularly a recent version, you may feel that you can skip some of these sections or go through them quickly. That’s entirely your choice. I would warn you that even things that you may think you’re familiar with; fairly basic things like using online Help or using the Ribbon have changed in this version. However if you’re happy that you can cope with minor changes or you can check the online Help yourself for these kinds of change, then it’s entirely your choice whether you want to skip forward so that you get into the nitty-gritty of scheduling projects and using Microsoft Project more quickly.
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