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Chapter 16. Working with Multiple Projec... > Creating Subprojects and Master Proj...

Creating Subprojects and Master Projects

There are advantages to managing a large or complex project in smaller, separate files: Computing speed, file sharing among co-workers, and faster printing and transmitting of smaller files are a few of them. When the time comes to review, analyze, and report on the plan across all the individual files, you can create a master project/subproject structure to combine the files of interest in one window. You can save this combined file and use it again later; you do not have to re-create it for each use. A further advantage of this approach is that the master project/subproject structure can be multi-tiered. This might be helpful in an organization that needs to combine projects at a departmental level, then at a functional level, then at a regional level, and finally at a national (or even international) level.

You can use two methods for combining files into a master/subproject structure. The first method—using the New Window command— was discussed earlier in this chapter, in the section “Displaying Tasks from Different Files in the Same Window.” The following sections describe a second method for combining files—inserting files stored on disk into a new master project plan. Key master file issues, such as maintaining the combined file, removing a subproject, and linking between combined files, are also discussed in the following sections.


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