Frequent Questions

Yes! All purchases are yours for a lifetime. You can view your purchase history and re-download any files from the ‘My Account’ page. You will need the following information from the order placed;

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Transaction ID

Upon purchase you will receive an email with all this information. You will also receive an attached PDF receipt with this information that you should save for the future when you want to re-download.

Choosing the right scheduling template for the purpose you are scheduling for will save a lot of time now and in the future.

Every project is different, and your level of detail may have different requirements depending on the nature of the project and whom will be using it.

We provide Pre-Linked and Unlinked Residential, Commercial and Industrial Templates in different levels of detail for your use.

Pre-Linked Summary Templates are for quick schedules and are good for upfront and show schedules – great for owners, banks and stakeholders when you do not need to provide full detail. With the Pre-Linking structure already completed you can change the start date, manipulate what you need to and have a schedule quickly.

Pre-Linked Detail Templates are typical Project Specific Templates for a quick schedule for the type of project you are scheduling. These templates are a good starting point for detailed project schedules. With the Pre-Linking structure already completed you can change the start date, manipulate what you need to and have a schedule quickly.

Unlinked Summary Templates are good for upfront and show schedules – great for owners, banks and stakeholders when you do not need to provide full detail. Summary Templates is quick and easy to manipulate.

Unlinked General Templates are a detailed but filtered version of the Master Templates. General templates will save you time and still has the structure and detail to effectively control your Projects.

Unlinked Master Templates have the most detailed Task Listing and Structure. Master templates will provide the structure and detail to schedule any size Project at a detailed level.

Yes. All updated Scheduling Templates maintain the same structure of Filters and Views so they will work with all of the previous ones. The Templates have also been updated for 2020 to include the CSI Master Format (2018 Edition).

All Scheduling Templates are in a folder named _Templates. The _Templates folder is in a folder named Construction Scheduling in your Documents Folder or in a different folder destination if you changed the default location during installation.

  1. Click on the Desktop Icon named Construction Scheduling, or;
  2. Browse to your Documents Folder > Construction Scheduling (or Your Folder);
  3. Open the _Templates Folder and then open the MS Project Template folder for the version of Microsoft Project you are using.
  4. Click on the Folder that contains the template type you would like to open.

Once you are in the folder of the template you want to open click on the Template to open.

Note:
You can also open your template from within Microsoft Project by clicking File > Open and browsing to your file(s) as shown above.

• For Project 98 through Project 2007, click the Help menu, and then click About Microsoft Office Project.

• For Project 2010, click the File tab, then click Help.

• For Project 2013, 2016 and Project 2019, click File > Account.

All our Templates, Guides, Support are based upon using Microsoft Project 2000 through 2019 (Standard or Professional Version) as your core Scheduling Software. All the Scheduling Template Features and Functionality will work with either the Standard or Professional version.

When you download a Microsoft Project Scheduling Template you will get 3 separate Versions of the Template(s) as follows:

  • MS Project 2000-2003 Templates
  • MS Project 2007 Templates
  • MS Project 2010 & Later Templates

Each downloaded template will be installed in a folder named Construction Scheduling > _Templates. The _Templates folder contains folders for each of the versions of Microsoft Project as listed above.9

Which Project version are you using?
Project 2010, Project 2013, or Project 2016, or Project 2019

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2010, Project 2013, or Project 2016, or Project 2019

Notes:
Project 2010, Project 2013, Project 2016 and Project 2019 all use the same file format. For example, a project created in Project 2019 can be opened in Project 2010 without saving the project to a different format.
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Which Project version are you using?
Project 2007

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2010, Project 2013, or Project 2016, or Project 2019

Notes:
No converter is available. If you received a Project 2010, Project 2013, Project 2016 or Project 2019 file that you want to open using Project 2007, ask the person who sent the file to first save it to the Project 2007 file format.
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Which Project version are you using?
Project 2003

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2007

Notes:
There are two possibilities here.

1. If you are using Project 2003 with SP3, project files from Project 2007 can be opened read-only. Download Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3.

2. If you are using Project 2003 without SP3, there is no converter available. Upgrade to Project 2003 with SP3 or ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
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Which Project version are you using?
Project 2003

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2010

Notes:
No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2010 file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
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Which Project version are you using?
Project 2000 or Project 2002

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2007 or Project 2010

Notes:
No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
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Which Project version are you using?
Project 98

Which file version are you trying to open?
Project 2000 and later versions

Notes:
No converter is available. Consider upgrading to the latest version of Project or install the free trial of the current version of Project to try out Project’s enhanced functionality.

Alternately, ask the person who sent the Project 2000-2003 file to save the file first in the Project 98 file format.

Note Project 2007 and later versions of Project do not have the ability to save to the Project 98 file format.

Templates:
The Scheduling Templates purchased and downloaded through our site are the ‘Property’ of the purchaser. The Templates can be used throughout 1 Business Location to prepare as many technical, business and personal documents as necessary, including those for your clients and to integrate into your business systems and practices. However, you cannot not share, copy, transmit either electronically or physically, email, forward, resell or redistribute the Templates to any individual, group and/or entity outside your organization in any other way or combined with another product without prior written consent from us.

Quick Schedule Guide V3:
The Quick Schedule Guide V3 the ‘Property’ of the purchaser. This Guide is a Single License per Individual and includes a PDF and Lifetime Access to the Online Version for the Purchaser. The PDF Guide will be stamped with the Purchaser’s name and email at the bottom of each page. You cannot not share, copy, transmit either electronically or physically, email, forward, resell or redistribute this Guide to any individual, group and/or entity in any other way or combined with another product without prior written consent from us. The Online Version is for the Purchaser’s Individual Access only with a Username and Password. Sharing Access with other individuals, groups and/or entities is prohibited. 

Support Subscription:
A Support Subscription is for the Purchaser’s Individual Access only with a Username and Password. Sharing Access with other individuals, groups and/or entities is prohibited. 

Site-License:
The License(s) and  Online Access as described above is for your individual use. If you wish to use a Site-License for any of Our Products, Guides, Templates, Informational Files, Training Information and Support Services for an organization, group and/or entity, please contact [email protected] with your request.

No version of Project can be directly installed on Mac OS.  You’ll need to run parallels and install Project in the emulated Windows environment.

Another option is to check out Microsoft Project Online for browser-based project management tools that can do many of the same things as Project Online Desktop Client, with added collaborative features like time-sheets and project sites to help your team work together.

This Quick Schedule Guide V3 comes with a PDF Version and an Online Version. The PDF Version is great but the Online Version is much Quicker with quick search and reference linking that will enable quick navigation. You can also print specific Topics and Sections from the print icon in the Online Version. In addition the Online Version will always be the most current version in the event that the Guide is revised with updates or for newer versions of Microsoft Project.
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IF YOU WANT TO USE THE ONLINE VERSION YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS:

1. View from our site in a Lightbox with a Dark Background – Best for PC’s
https://constructionscheduling.com/my-account
or
https://constructionscheduling.com/quick-guide

2. View in a Separate Browser Window – Best for smaller Mobile Devices
https://buildware.net/guides/cs/?v=1&l=en

You can get most versions of Microsoft Project online. The pricing varies between re-sellers so you can shop and get your best deal. In most cases you do not need the professional version but sometimes you can get the professional version at very competitive prices.

Microsoft has a great option to use Project Online Professional for currently $30.00 per user / per month – Project Management in the cloud through a desktop client and web browser. This option includes;

  • $30.00 per user / per month
  • Fully installed, up-to-date Microsoft Project desktop application
  • One license covers up to 5 PCs per user
  • Team members can update tasks from any device
  • Much more

If you want to get started right away and do not have Microsoft Project installed on your computer, you can download a Free 60 Day Trial from Microsoft for the current version of Microsoft Project. During this 60 Day Free Trial Period you can use any of our Templates and Systems with the full functioning program while you search for your best deal on Microsoft Project for any version from Microsoft Project 2000 through 2016.

You should save any files you create in the Microsoft Project version that you purchase. All newly created files will be available for you to work on with the newly installed version. If you purchase a prior version from Microsoft Project 2016 you can then delete the trial version.

All of our Scheduling Templates, Products & Support are based upon using Microsoft Project Versions 2000 through 2019. All Template Features and Functionality will work with each version.

Unless you have special needs for the new Toolbar Ribbon and additional features available with Microsoft Project 2010 and Later Versions, using Microsoft Project 2003 or 2007 will be fine.

Microsoft Project Standard and Professional Versions are the same with the exception that the Professional Version requires Microsoft Project Server to allow a Multi User Network Environment. With Microsoft Project Server the cost will nearly double.

Microsoft Project Standard is sufficient for most all cases and you can use common file locations on your common server. You can also still find great deals and use Microsoft Project Professional without Microsoft Project Server.

To keep organization and structure for your scheduling files we recommend that you use the folder and file structure as laid out in this section. The folder structure is already established with our installer when you download any templates from our site.

Whether you are working on a Single PC or on a Network there are many advantages to keeping your files organized in a central folder structure.

Following is a description and use of each folder for your reference and use:

Construction Scheduling
The Construction Scheduling Folder is the Master Folder that contains all of the Sub Folders as shown. Keeping all of your templates and files within a Master Folder will provide for quick navigation, reference and allow you to view and use any scheduling files easily.

_Templates
The _Templates folder contains any downloaded Templates and any Templates that you create. When you download any Templates from our site you have the downloaded Templates in all Microsoft Project Versions as referenced in the folder structure above. This is useful if you upgrade versions or need an older version.

My Templates
The My Templates Folder is for you to store your created Templates in. After you modify any Template to your needs and believe that you may have another use for a specific project type you should save the file as a Template in this folder.

Consolidated Projects
The Consolidated Projects folder is for your Master Consolidated Project Files. Typically, you will use Multiple or All of your Current Projects that are in the Current Projects Folder. This keeps it easy for Inserting Projects and maintaining file paths when external folders and locations are changed.

Current Projects
This folder is for any Current Project files you are working with. Keeping just your Current Project Files in this folder keeps it clean and allows for easy insertion and use with your Consolidated Master Project Files.

Old Projects
The Old Projects Folder is for you to move your completed Project Files into. This allows for an archive folder for easy reference to your completed projects.

Original Project Files
The Original Project Files Folder is for you to save the Original Project File when you save the baseline. This will enable you to refer back to the Original File before updating and making any changes. Also, you can use the Original File for saving as a template in the future or using it to create a similar type Project.

Profits are the bottom line. The main goal is to try to increase profits and decrease costs. This goal requires that we manage time instead of time managing us. Our main objective to help you organize and make the best use of time through effective scheduling. Scheduling is much more than tracking time although most people do not know and understand the potential information available that will benefit the profit potential on a project and in your business.

You can increase your profit potential using effective scheduling by:

  • Providing effective schedules and systems for people to work with
  • Increasing your negotiating power on contract and material purchases
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Managing your cash flow
  • Keeping people accountable
  • Creating an atmosphere of organization
  • Creating confidence with your customers, suppliers and subcontractors and all other team members
  • Controlling your workload
  • Building happy and satisfied customers
  • Building a reputation of being organized a good communicator

Above all else, the atmosphere of the organization and structure of your projects and business will build a value to your operations that will set you apart from the typical contractor or other who fails to plan or make the effort to control their operations. This value will result in more work from referrals, higher margins, repeat customers and bottom line – higher profits.

For the schedule to drive the project, it should be updated regularly. When a project is active the schedule should be updated weekly. If there is not much activity, the schedule can be updated bi-weekly.

To maintain control, attention and the support of all associated team members, the schedule should serve as the leading planning and communication tool to let everyone know what the status of the project is and what the current changes and adjustments are.

Your schedule should also create an expectancy to promote communication and action. This can only be done if the people managing the project and information convey this attitude and hold the associated team members accountable.

Many people use a schedule to report what happened and do not use the schedule as an effective planning tool. When this happens, time and events control the schedule and the project time is usually delayed.

Preparing an initial detailed schedule from a template can take 2 to 4 hours depending on the information available and experience of the scheduler. A summary schedule can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Updating a schedule can take 15 minutes for a simple update and up to an hour or more for more complex updates.

Due to the intangible nature of Digital Products, Files and Subscription Services we are unable to issue refunds.

We have made our best effort to give you full details, samples and demos of each Product, Template and Membership Subscription that we offer. If you have any questions about a Product, Template and/or Membership Subscription, please contact us before you purchase.

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