Add holidays to MS Project
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 2015. Dates are taken from https://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Timeoffandholidays/DG_073741
Steps to add holidays to Standard (default) MS Project calendar
- Open this free MS Project template containing UK Holidays up to end 2015.
- 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.
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