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Introduction

Custom fields in Project allow you to capture information about your tasks and resources that is not covered by the default fields. These fields can be used to capture things like the physical location of resources, the name of the person in charge of a task, or the billing code associated with a task. You can create customized formulas that make a field's value a function of other fields' values. An example of this would be a field measuring a special cost for a task that is not based on the rate of the assigned resources.

Making wide use of custom fields will make your project more flexible in the ways in which you can report, sort, filter, and search for information. This is particularly true if you need to make reports either during or especially after the end of a project on the different types of work done on the project. For example, you might want to know how many hours of C++ programming went into a particular project. Using a custom field to capture the skill needed to do that task will allow you to sort, group, or filter on that field, see how many tasks required a given skill, and then how many hours were required. Give some thought to the kinds of metadata you can capture about the tasks or resources in your projects, and think about the value that can be added by capturing some of this metadata in custom fields.


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