Importing a Task Outline Structure into Project
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When you import files from a different application to Microsoft Project, you can include information that will allow Microsoft Project to generate a project outline structure for the imported file.
You cannot directly import the Outline Number field from a file saved in a format other than the standard Microsoft Project format. However, it is possible to import a different field that will correctly generate the same outline structure.
Microsoft Project uses a task field called "Outline Level", in conjunction with the order tasks are imported, to determine where tasks fall in a project outline structure. Tasks with Outline Level=1 are at the highest level in the project outline. Tasks with Outline Level=2 are subordinate to level 1 tasks, level 3 tasks are subordinate to level 2 tasks, and so on, for example:
A comma-separated values (CSV) file contains the following text:
1, Summary Task 1
2, Task A
2, Task B
2, Summary Task 2
3, Task C
3, Task D
1, Summary Task 3
2, Task E
2, Task F
If this file is imported into Microsoft Project using a task table with Outline Level and Name as its first two fields, the tasks will be imported with the following outline structure:
|Outline Level|Name| |--|--| |1| 1 Summary Task 1| |2 |1.1 Task A| |2 |1.2 Task B| |2| 1.3 Summary Task 2| |3| 1.3.1 Task C| |3| 1.3.2 Task D| |1| 2 Summary Task 3| |2| 2.1 Task E| |2| 2.2 Task F| NOTE The Outline Number and name indentation are shown to clearly illustrate the structure.