Where Am I? (Getting Lost in the PWA MY Tasks page)

When Project Web Access 2007 first released, we discovered that scrolling through the ActiveX controls on the My Tasks page or the Timesheet caused the column headers to disappear.  With the release of the Infrastructure Update in July of this year, some improvements were made to address this issue, but as we discovered last week, it still wasn’t working the way we thought it would.

So, here’s the issue… 

When you view the My Tasks page in PWA, the control appears similar to this:

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If your list of tasks is long, you may have to scroll vertically to view some of the tasks.  Unfortunately, when you scroll vertically the column headers indicating the field names and dates are not locked, and they scroll right along with the rest of the list.  To further complicate matters, if you use the Timephased View to enter Work values, you may have to scroll horizontally to find the right column.   When you scroll horizontally, there are no locked columns so the Task Names disappear as well.  This may leave you lost, wondering where you are in the list, and guessing as to whether your are recording Work values for the correct task on the correct date. 

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According to KB953750, this problem was addressed in the Microsoft Office Servers Infrastructure Update.  Here’s what the article has to say about this problem and how it was resolved:

When you are working in the Timesheet or My Tasks view, you scroll to parts of the grid that are to the right side and that are down the page. When you do this, the column headings may be visible. This condition makes it difficult to know which task and column you have selected.

To make it easier to know which task and column you have selected, a stationary row and column indicator now displays the task name and the heading (column).

This statement, however, is a little bit misleading.  The mention of a "stationary row and column indicator" has led some to believe that there are locked column headers and row indicators, when in fact, the stationary row is at the bottom of the ActiveX control.  Here, you can see how PWA indicates your location in the list when you have to scroll:

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So, in the case above, I’m in the row for the task named "Task 6" and I’m under the column with the header "10/21".

If you don’t see this indicator at the bottom of your My Tasks page, install the Infrastructure Update and that should take care of it for you.  This stationary row indictor is also visible in the Timesheet in PWA.