Core functionality

The following core functionality features are available in Project Online.

Looking for information about all Project Online features? See the Project Online service description.

Add columns

Add a column to your view. To learn more, see How to hide and unhide a column.


Select File to use features in the Backstage, where you can manage your project files and the data about them. Use the Backstage for everything that you do to a project file that you don't do in the file—creating, saving, inspecting for hidden metadata or personal information, and setting options.


Quickly install Project Online over the internet, internal networks, local file systems, or from offline media to make sure that you're up-to-date with the most recent version of Project desktop application. To learn more, see Click-to-Run.

Contextual right-click menus

Right-click any item in a project view (such as a column title) to get instant access to what you can do with that item.

Custom fields

In addition to the fields that are included with Project, you can also use custom fields to meet your organizational needs. To learn more about fields, see Available fields reference.

Enhanced copy and paste across Microsoft Office applications

Collaborate on schedule development by copying and pasting schedule details between Office applications, such as Word. Learn more about copying and pasting from Word into Project.

Gantt chart, calendar, and task sheet views

Present project information graphically using Gantt chart, Network Diagram, graph, sheet, usage, and form views. See Choose the right view of your project schedule.

Microsoft Fluent user interface, the ribbon

Increase productivity with the ribbon, a tab interface that you can use to quickly find and use Project features and controls. Learn more about the ribbon.

Multiple-level undo

You can undo multiple changes at the same time by using the Undo menu.

Network Diagram view

View tasks, dependencies, and the critical path of your project in a Network Diagram view. See Creating a network diagram.

Office store

Need an application to help you with Project? Find new applications for Project in the Office store. See Add-ins for Project.

Online help

Project Help is available in or in Getting Started Guides directly in Project (select File > New). Watch these videos to make the switch to Project 2013.

PDF and XPS output

Save a Project file as a PDF or XPS file. See Save a project file as PDF.

Placeholder text in Project fields

If you're not sure of all the details for a project, you can use placeholder text, such as "TBD" for resources, start dates, end dates, and so on. For more information, see Top-down planning.

Project templates

You can save lots of time creating a project by using a past project as a template. See Creating a new project from another project or template.

Start experience

Instead of dropping you into a blank project, Project 2013 presents a one-stop center for starting your project. You can use customer templates or a built-in guide to get you started in four easy steps.

Text wrap

Wrap task or resource names so they flow on a second line. See Wrapping text by changing row height.

Timeline view

Build and customize the timeline view to visualize schedule details and communicate with stakeholders. See Video: Create a timeline.

Zoom controls

Use zoom controls on the status bar to quickly change the timeline perspective of your project schedules.

Feature availability

To view feature availability across plans, standalone options, and on-premises solutions, see Project Online service description.