Microsoft Project is really a computer database that uses two main tables of data to keep track of your project. Project uses one table to store information about the tasks of your project and the other for resource information. By using the many views available in Project, you can display your project data from these tables in many different ways.
What are scheduling icons in MS Project ?
As you enter tasks into a project file various icons and symbols appear indicating what is going on or where there are information shortfalls. These icons and symbols appear in the task mode column of a task sheet and in the Gantt Chart. The Gantt Chart view of Microsoft Project is a good place to begin entering tasks.
Entering tasks :
There are many ways to enter tasks into a project file. However, the Gantt Chart, which is the default view, is a good option. In the Gantt Chart view the tasks are entered into the sheet view on the left of the screen. As you enter a task, a default duration of 1 day is automatically assigned to the task and a Gantt bar is drawn in the chart on the right of the screen.
How to create Summary Task in MS Project ?
Summary tasks are like headings that represent the phases in a project. They also summarize information. Summary tasks are general headings that have subordinate tasks. Subordinate tasks are indented to the right and provide a further level of detail for that part of the project. Summary tasks can be entered when tasks are first entered or at a subsequent stage.