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Display Microsoft Project Tasks and Timeline within SharePoint 2013

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: November 30, 2014    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article will explore Microsoft Project client interaction with SharePoint 2013.

In this article I will take you through displaying Microsoft Project (client application) Tasks & Timeline into SharePoint environment.

What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project or MS Project is project management software which helps project managers in creating project plans, manage tasks, budgets.

Following is the screen shot of Microsoft Project 2013.


Please install MS Project for continuing with our article. You can download a trial version from here.


Our Goal

Our Goal is to display the MS Project tasks, timeline into our SharePoint site. For the purpose we are using the project template.

Create Project

Open Project client application & create a new project from the Blank Project template.


Now add the following tasks into it.


You can use the Indentation toolbar button to make Task 1 & Task 2 underneath the Planning category. Enter the dates for tasks & save changes.

You can see that the Timeline above is updated with the tasks information.

MS Project to SharePoint 2013 Sharing

The above MS Project file will be managed by the project manager. Whenever tasks are added/edited, he/she can publish it to the SharePoint site. This allows the team to work on project in a collaborative centralized environment.

Create SharePoint Site

For sharing the tasks, please create a new SharePoint 2013 site, preferably from the Project template.


You will get the following site home page.


Now edit the page & add a Timeline web part to the page, after the Project Summary web part.


Edit the Timeline web part & set the data source to Tasks list. (You should be already having a Tasks list in the site)


Save changes to the page.

If you are not using the project template, you can still edit the current site page & add following web parts from the Content Rollup category.

1. Timeline

2. Project Summary

Share Tasks

Back into the MS Project client application; choose the menu option Save As.


Choose the following options as highlighted above:

1. Sync with SharePoint

2. Choose Existing SharePoint Site

3. Enter URL to our project site

4. Click Verify button

5. Choose Tasks list

6. Click Save button

Wait for a while & the tasks will be synchronized with SharePoint. You can see the tasks are synchronized in the timeline.


Now click on the Tasks list & you can see the MS Project tasks are added to SharePoint list.


This concludes our article.

Please note that you can add the Resource name (Login Name) within the MS Project (MPP) file. In that case the user should be available in the SharePoint site too.




In this article we have explored Microsoft Project client interaction with SharePoint 2013.

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