This article was previously published under Q97831
When you import files from a different application to MicrosoftProject, you can include information that will allow Microsoft Projectto generate a project outline structure for the imported file.
You cannot directly import the Outline Number field from a file savedin a format other than the standard Microsoft Project format. However,it is possible to import a different field that will correctlygenerate the same outline structure.
Microsoft Project uses a task field called "Outline Level", inconjunction with the order tasks are imported, to determine wheretasks fall in a project outline structure. Tasks with Outline Level=1are at the highest level in the project outline. Tasks with OutlineLevel=2 are subordinate to level 1 tasks, level 3 tasks aresubordinate 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 tablewith Outline Level and Name as its first two fields, the tasks willbe 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 clearlyillustrate the structure.