How to Create a Network Diagram (Pert Chart) in Microsoft Project 2007

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How to Create a Network Diagram (Pert Chart) in Microsoft Project 2007
Use the Network Diagram in Microsoft Project 2007 to compare your tasks. (computer image by Hao Wang from

Microsoft Project 2007 is a project management application that is a part of the Microsoft Office 2007 software package. Users can develop thorough plans for projects, assign tasks, analyse workloads and manage budgets. The Network Diagram is a view in Project that allows users to show the dependencies between project tasks that are represented in nodes or boxes. The Network Chart also used to be referred to as the PERT Chart in earlier version of Microsoft Project.

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  • Microsoft Project 2007

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  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Project 2007 and then click on the "Microsoft Office" option. Click on the "Open" option.

  2. 2

    Locate the Project file you want to work with and then click on the "Open" button. Allow for your project to load to the application.

  3. 3

    Click on the "View" menu from the top toolbar and then click on the "Network Diagram" option. The "Network Diagram" view will appear and your tasks will be compared.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Format" menu and then click on the "Layout" option. Choose the way you want your boxes arranged in this view from the "Arrangement" list.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Fixed" option in the "Height" and Width" boxes to space your boxes evenly. Make any other changes to the Network Diagram to your preferences.

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