By filling in the Name field in the Project Properties dialog’s General tab you set the name for your project. This name is also used by your project’s root summary task.
By default, your project is set to be planned from the Start date, and you can set it in the Project Start Date field of the Project Properties dialog.
But in some (rather rare) cases it is convenient to plan your project knowing its Finish date first. For such cases Ingantt supports planning from the Finish date. To do so, just switch to Plan from Finish date in the Project Properties dialog and edit the Project Finish date.
There are some things to keep in mind:
- For projects planned from the Start date the default constraint for newly created tasks is As soon as possible.
- For projects planned from the Finish date the default constraint for newly created tasks is As late as possible.
For summary tasks:
- As soon as possible constraint is replaced with As late as possible when you switch from planning from Start to planning from Finish
- As late as possible constraint is replaced with As soon as possible when you switch from planning from Finish to planning from Start.
Depending on your country, a week can traditionally be considered to start either from Sunday or from Monday. You can update the First day of week field on the Regional tab of Project Properties dialog to change the default setting in your project.
Changing this property updates the user interface, including the Gantt chart on some of its zoom levels, but this change does not affect scheduling. If necessary, update Calendars in order for the schedule to be updated.
You can change the default currency used in your project by filling in the Currency field on the Regional tab of Project Properties dialog. You can specify the currency as a sign (like €), shortcut (EUR), or full name (euro).
Different currencies have different rules of placing them next to a value. Set before or after, with or without space in-between in the Currency Position field.
When you change currency, cost values are not recalculated.
For example, you can set your task’s duration to 2 Days and using default settings, Ingantt knows that these 2 “Days” are actually equal to 16 hours.
By default, 1 Day is equal to 8 hours, 1 Week is equal to 5 days (40 hours), 1 Month is equal to 20 days (160 hours).
On the Advanced tab of Project Properties dialog the default settings of Hours per Day, Days per Week and Days per Month can be changed.
You should have a very good reason to change any of these settings. Keep them set to defaults in most projects.