Apr 01 2021 07:58 AM
Apr 01 2021 07:58 AM
I use notes extensively to track comments in meeting. I only have a single string – not multiple lines of text – but I keep getting the popup “multiple lines” message. How can I turn that off? It interferes with both productivity and the flow of the meeting.
(Company just upgraded me from 2007 project to 2013; not a problem before.)
Apr 01 2021 10:57 AM
Apr 01 2021 02:12 PM
desktop version. Just closed my laptop for 3-day weekend; will get that to you on Monday. Thanks!
Apr 05 2021 07:48 AM
I would LOVE to get rid of this annoying popup. It only happens when the text string gets long. Any help appreciated.
Apr 05 2021 08:58 AMSolution
I've been using Project in various versions for over 20 years and I've never seen that message and it took me a while to figure out how to even make the message appear. The reason it appears is that at some point a user entered multiple lines of Notes field text via the Notes tab of the Task Information window. That's the only way, other than through VBA, a user can create multiple lines of text. Once those multiple lines of notes text exist for a given task, attempting to edit the notes text via the Notes field as a column in a view, will trigger the message.
The answer to your question is, you cannot enter further Notes field text via the Notes field directly, you must either convert all task Notes field text to single lines of text less than 255 characters with no carriage returns, or only enter Notes field text via the Task Information window. I suggest you do the latter as that will allow you to take full advantage of Notes field editing capabilities (i.e. font formatting, multiple lines, bulleted lists, ability to insert objects like an Excel table, text from a Word document, or images).
Apr 05 2021 03:00 PM
Thanks @John-project. Someone owned the most troublesome project plan before I took it over, so perhaps they did use multiple lines (although it doesn't appear that way now). Time to rebuild the plan!
As to using the Task Information window, I don't need formatting and my notes are quite cryptic; I add the most recent in front of what's already there (so we see most recent note from the Gantt view); I separate with a semicolon. I appreciate your insights. Thanks again.
Apr 05 2021 03:16 PM - edited Apr 05 2021 03:20 PM
You're welcome and thanks for the feedback.
Just bear in mind that when you enter the notes text in that way, you will be prevented from entering any more text when the total text string reaches 255 characters. Entering notes text via the Task Information window will allow you to enter an essentially unlimited amount of text whether or not your use any formatting. And, in so doing, you will also have a complete record, albeit not displayed in the Notes field when displayed as a column, of all notes text that is entered.
As an added reference you may want to take a look at the following Wiki article: