[TechTrivia]: Un-hiding data columns in MS Project gantt chart output

All engineers and project planning as well as execution people keep using one or more of the project planning softwares like Primavera or the Microsft Project (MS Project) or others. Never actually realized until a colleague of mine asked how to un-hide the column(s) and retrieve the filled up/ edited information in MS Project software platform.

The bitter fact of the matter is that... in case you need to un-hide a particular information column...
You will have to insert the required column (MS Project doesn't have an "unhide column" option). Right-click on an existing column heading and choose "insert column" option. After this, select the column/field you want. The new column will appear next to the column you had chosen.

If you plan to temporarily hide a column, do not use the "hide column" option since you will lose the custom headings that you may have defined (the data remains intact of course). Instead, using your mouse, click the column boundary and move it from right to left till the column is hidden. To unhide, drag from left to right. [Source: http://www.gantthead.com/discussions/discussionsTopicContainer.cfm?ID=5099]
Read the following link too to on "ehow" understand the ways to get back the hidden column, but sans the edited & formatted information that you may have put before permanently hiding the column(s). [http://www.ehow.com/how_5079889_unhide-columns-microsoft-project.html]

Hope this tip will help you guys
using the software understand and not make mistake of hiding the columns permanently, which you may desire to retrieve and use otherwise at a later stage.
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  1. If you need a viewer for Microsoft Project you can try MOOS Project Viewer which is free:

  2. ThankU bricks-n-mortar for this tip. I always wondered why I was never able to retrieve my hidden columns. Always thought it was my mistake. In other words, always thought it was me who could not understand the basics. But, now, after you have clarified this point, I can redeem my pride (smiles.. LOL..)


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