Adding New Activities in Primavera P6 Version 8.2

It is often quicker to create a schedule in a spreadsheet and import the data into the scheduling software. Primavera offers a spreadsheet import function found under File, Import… which is very user friendly. warning symbol Some data associated with an imported activity must exist before the activity is imported from Excel otherwise it will not be imported. This includes items such as Roles, Resources, and Activity Codes. These data items may be imported using the Primavera SDK (which is loaded from the installation CD and instructions are available on the Administration Guide) and an Excel spreadsheet available from the Oracles Primavera Knowledgebase.

To add an Activity to a Primavera P6 project in the Activities Window you must first open the project, select the appropriate WBS Node and then:

  • Select Edit, Add, or
  • Press the Insert key on the keyboard, or
  • Click on the  Add icon on the Edit toolbar.

Default Activity Duration

The default activity duration for newly created activities is specified in the Admin, Admin Preferences…, General tab Activity Duration cell.

primavera p6 default activity duration

Copying Activities from other Programs

Activity data may NOT be copied from or updated from other programs (such as Excel) by cutting and pasting.

Copying Activities in P6

Activities may be copied from another project when both projects are open at the same time or copied from within the same project using the normal Windows commands Copy and Paste, by using the menu commands Edit, Copy and Edit, Paste, or by using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

One or more activities may be selected to be copied by:

  • Ctrl-clicking, or
  • Holding the shift key and clicking on the first and last activity in a range, or
  • Dragging a range with the mouse. With this operation be sure to select the whole activity or activities, not just a cell.

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