Free Introductory Course on Microsoft Project 2013

A month ago I was browsing on YouTube and noticed that one of the well-established presenters on Udemy at put some of his older course videos online.

In fact, he has released twenty-one videos from an introductory course in Microsoft Project 2013 onto YouTube and these now provide a verbose but good-quality introduction to that software.

The trainer, whose company is Simon Sez, tends to rattle on a bit, (and frankly, I should talk!), but despite a very slow introduction, you can get some good value out of this resource.

While there are 21 videos to choose from, I would recommend you start from video #13, titled “Project 2013 for Beginners Part 13: How to Setup Tasks in Microsoft Project 2013” and follow along from there on.

That’s not to say the earlier videos in a good: they just cover a lot of background material, including the Microsoft templates that can be used to set up a project initially, option settings, which are quite important in Microsoft Project, and various other background materials taking up the first twelve videos and a considerable amount of viewing time!

I would suggest you play through from #13 onwards, and then go back selectively to view some earlier topics. For example, how to set the options (video #12), especially how to set the default options in Microsoft Project to ensure that the system uses auto-scheduling instead of the crazy default selection used by Microsoft of manual scheduling.

The first recommended video can be viewed below, but please go to YouTube itself and search for “project 2013” to find the full set of videos.

As a courtesy to the presenter, please don’t join some of the petty-minded viewers who criticise his lengthy introduction – very generously, he is giving away a valuable course for free. If you want a more comprehensive and up-to-date version, he and other presenters have some excellent ones on Udemy, but always at a considerable price and never for free!

My own course on Microsoft Project

As a reminder, don’t forget my own course on Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, which is run in-house and online via my business website, It focuses on the way Microsoft Project needs to be embedded into the bigger picture of professional project management – it’s not just about scheduling!

The online version is just now being cloned from our Zoom version to a newly updated on-demand version, hosted on our upgraded Learning Management System.

However, valuable Microsoft Project resources, including good hints/guidelines as well as templates, can also be found on the Microsoft Project Users Group website,

As a longterm member of MPUG, I strongly recommend you sign up for the regular (free!) newsletter, at the minimum. You’ll find many useful free hints in the newsletter, even if you don’t see a need for full membership.



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