How to Create a Project Plan Template

Project plans help you keep track of the tasks involved in complex project. Using a project plan template, you can monitor and review the tasks within each project. Using online and offline template galleries, you can easily create a project plan to successfully manage your projects. Microsoft, OpenOffice, and Google offer free project plan templates that can be used for your project planning needs. Once the project plan is downloaded, it can be customized to your project needs.

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Excel 2010

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Open Excel 2010 and select the “File” tab on the ribbon. Type “project plan” in the search box. Excel will display the available project plan templates.

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Click the templates to see a preview of them. Download the template by clicking the “Download” icon in the right task pane. The template downloads to your computer.

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Type your project details in the action columns. Add the date specific information in the date columns. Save your changes by clicking the “Save” icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Google Documents

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Access the Google Documents website. Click “Create New” and “From Template.” Type “project plan” in the search box. Google displays a list of available project plans.

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Download the template by clicking the “Use This Template” button.

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Type your project details in the action columns. Add the date specific information in the date columns. Save your changes by clicking the “Save” icon.

OpenOffice

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Access the OpenOffice website. Type “project plan” in the search box. OpenOffice displays a list of available project plans.

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Download the project plan template by clicking the “Use This” link.

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Type your project details in the OpenOffice Calc action columns. Add the date specific information in the date columns. Save your changes by clicking the “Save” icon.