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Create work breakdown structure (WBS) codes
Applies to: Microsoft Office Project 2007
Work breakdown structure (WBS) codes are alphanumeric codes that identify each task's unique place in the outline structure of yourproject. WBS codes can be used for reporting schedules and tracking costs. For more information about displaying WBS codes in a view, see Display outline numbers (or WBS codes) in a view.
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Learn about WBS codes
There are two types of WBS codes in Microsoft Office Project: outline numbers and custom WBScodes. Read the following sections to learn more.
Outline numbers are the simplest type of WBS coding. Microsoft Office Project automatically calculates an outline number for each task, basing the numbering on the outline structure of the task list. For example, the first task in your task list is numbered 1. If that task has three subtasks, the subtasks are numbered 1.1, 1.2,and 1.3. Outline numbers consist of numbers only (no letters), and you cannot edit them. They do, however, change automatically when you move a task up or down in the task list and when you indent or outdent tasks. For example, if a subtask currently has an outline number of 3.5.4, and if you move it up one row in the list, the outline number is automatically updated to 3.5.3. If you then outdentthat same subtask, the outline number is automatically updated to 3.6.
To display outline numbers, you can add the Outline Number field to a table
or sheet view, or you can choose to display the outline numbers next to the task names. To display the outline numbers next to the task names, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab. Under Outline options, select theShow outline number check box.
CUSTOM WBS CODES
If your project would benefit from having detailed WBS codes that are made up of specific lengths, sequences, or sets of numbers and letters, you can define a single custom WBS code mask for the project. (No project can have more than a single custom code mask.) The custom WBS code is recorded in the WBS field. As with outline numbers, each level ofa custom WBS code represents an outline level in the task list. You can use a unique format for each level of the code, and each level is listed in the code according to the hierarchy of tasks, summary tasks, and subtasks. For example, if you are planning phased projects that align with organizational directives for the upcoming fiscal year, you can create a custom WBS code mask that representseach task by using the corresponding directive, quarter, and project. Using this code, you might have a task that has a custom WBS code of CustSat.Q3.CSTools.11, indicating that it is task 11 in the Customer Support Tools Upgrade project, which starts during the third quarter and which supports the Customer Satisfaction business directive for the planned fiscal year.
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1. On the View menu, click a sheet view, such as the Task Sheet view. To use a view that does not appear on the View menu, click More Views, click the view that you want to use in theViews list, and then click Apply. 2. On the Project menu, point to WBS, and then click Define Code. 3. To distinguish tasks in this project from tasks in other projects, type a project-specific code prefix in the Project Code Prefix box. This prefix helps to identify the project at the highest level of the WBS code. The prefix can be useful in identifying the subprojects within a master project,...