Guild of Project Controls: Compendium | Roles | Assessment | Certifications | Membership

Tips on using this forum..

(1) Explain your problem, don't simply post "This isn't working". What were you doing when you faced the problem? What have you tried to resolve - did you look for a solution using "Search" ? Has it happened just once or several times?

(2) It's also good to get feedback when a solution is found, return to the original post to explain how it was resolved so that more people can also use the results.

MS-Project - Transfer Baseline from one File to another

3 replies [Last post]
Harald Freise
User offline. Last seen 12 years 46 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 8 Jul 2008
Posts: 3
Groups: None
I need to compare the project at its actual status with its baseline from September 2007. The old baseline is within a backuped file of the project. I wish to import this baseline into the project with the actual status.
How can I do this in MS-Project (Version Standard 2003)
Thanks a lot in advance


Evgeny Z.
User offline. Last seen 38 weeks 3 days ago. Offline
Joined: 13 Jan 2008
Posts: 442
Groups: None

This is old topic, but I am posting here because I finally allocated time and developed a tool to transfer baseline from one Microsoft Project file to another. It is assumed, that both files represent different versions of the same project schedule.

The limitation of the tool, is that it works on MS Project 2003 and does not work on 2007 and 2010. Reason being is that is uses MS Project feature to save and read project schedule into MS Access format. The feature to save file in MS Access format has been discontinued starting from MS Project 2007.

Tool has detailed manual (help file) with it.


It can be downloaded here free of charge:



ronaldo celestino
User offline. Last seen 14 years 44 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Posts: 19
Groups: None
you have to save the baseline, though literally you can copy & paste the data from the baseline fields (MSP file1)to baseline fields (MSP file2), it will not work even if you make the calculation automatic. The best thing you can do are:
1. make sure both files have the same list of activities/tasks
2. save the interim baseline first for all selected activities in MSP file2 to save the start & finish dates.
3. copy the baseline data from MSP file1 to MSP file2, under fields start, finish, work & cost
4. select all the activities concerned in MSP file2 and save the baseline for selected tasks/activities, be aware for the baseline no. that you are considering.
5. in MSP file2, copy the interim baseline start1/finish1 to the fields start & finish.