Add UK holidays to MS ProjectSee this step by step guide to add any holidays or project specific non working time to the project calender.
Ever forgotten to include holidays in your MS Project Plan?
It is easy to forget to set holidays as non-working days in your MS Project plan. This is embarrassing, and can badly impact your credibility within your business and with clients.Having a task complete on Christmas day is never likely to be a realistic expectation!
To make sure you never get caught out you can add holidays (non-working time) to the global calendar for all MS Project files.
The file below contains all UK holidays up until the end of 2018. Dates are taken from https://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Timeoffandholidays/DG_073741
Steps to add UK holidays to Standard (default) MS Project calendar
- Open this free MS Project template containing UK Holidays up to end 2018.
- Save it to your computer as UKHolidays.mpp . Re-open the file.
- Open a New blank project file. Go to Tools and Organizer
- In MS Project 2010 go to File, select Info and click Organizer
- Select the Calendar tab in the Organizer dialog box, then select UKHolidays.mpp.
- Select the Standard calendar in UKHolidays.mpp and click the Copy button to copy it to Global.MPT.
- Click Ok to replace the Global.MPT file.
- Now Save and close the blank plan and open another. Go to Tools and Change Working Time.
- You should see the list of holidays have been added as non-working days to your default calendar.
Read more guides on using Microsoft Project
- Adding Holidays - Add any Holidays and non working time in the project calendar
- Constraints part 1 - How to use MS Project constraints
- Constraints part 2 - Common mistakes in using constraints
- Create constraints - How to create project constraints
- Counting totals - How to count totals in MS Project- By Ellen Lehnert, MVP, PMP, MCT - MS Project & MS Project Server
- Critical Path - Viewing the Critical Path - video tutorial
- Filters - How to filter your plan by certain tasks or resources
- Filters - How to create a custom filter in MS Project
- Highlight tasks - This step by step guide shows how to highlight particular tasks in MS Project.
- Hyperlinks - How to create hyperlinks in MS Project
- Outlook tasks - How to import Outlook tasks into MS Project
- Progress lines - This how to guide explains progress lines, how to read them and how to use them.
- How to create a PDF of your project plan - MS Project 2010 to pdf
- Detailed guide to using the Microsoft Project Timeline