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Customizing Fields

Even though Project 2000 includes an extensive database of predefined fields, every project has its own characteristics and requirements for data storage. The custom fields in Project provide reserved spaces that enable you to use a project file as a central data repository for your plan.

Perhaps you have an internal code for identifying every task on a project. This might be a cost code, work product code, or code provided by a customer to facilitate information exchange. These codes might actually be alphanumeric descriptive text that doesn't fit a pattern. Costs might also be associated with the project that are not easily included in the resource or fixed cost fields. Another requirement might be that you capture interim values Project is not set to automatically store, such as interim durations for a task or interim work values. It is also common to need to identify a status of a task other than %complete, such as approved/not approved. Project provides a variety of custom fields and field types to accommodate storing these and other types of specialized data.


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