Project Center Tenth Edition Help  


Project Files Activity Center

Use this activity center to access and browse the folders and files that are used in the current Project Center project. From this activity center, you can search files, send files via email, transfer files via Info Exchange, publish folders to Info Exchange, locate files in Windows Explorer, compare project folders and files, and identify action items.

1   Project Center uses Windows permissions to govern access to project folders and files.

Project Files vs. Windows Explorer

The Project Files activity center and Windows Explorer have many similarities and some differences. Both provide many similar tasks, such as allowing you to browse, open, and email files. However, there are some distinct differences and advantages to using the Project Files activity center.

The Project Files activity center provides context to your project files, and enables you to virtually group related folders and files from across the network together in one place without physically moving them. This enables advanced capabilities such as project-specific search as well as a convenient way to browse project files without needing to know the actual file locations on the network. The Project Files activity center also provides access to a number of other tasks geared specifically to AECO information work processes.


Like Windows Explorer, the Project Files activity center also enables you to copy and paste, move, delete, and rename files and folders, as well as create new folders. For example, if you delete a file from the Project Files activity center, the file is permanently deleted from the network file system. The change will be reflected in Windows Explorer. (You can use the Select in Explorer task to verify the action.) To perform these operations, right-click on a folder or file, then choose Copy, Paste, Move, Delete, or Rename. (You can also rename files by slowly clicking on them twice.) All changes will be applied to the Windows hierarchy.

  • You can use Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, and the Delete key to copy, paste, and delete files.

  • You can customize the name of a folder as it appears in Project Center without changing the actual folder name in the Microsoft Windows hierarchy. See Modify Project Folder Label dialog box for re-labeling information.

1   Be aware that re-labeling a folder is separate and different from using the Rename task. The Rename task renames the actual folder name in the Microsoft Windows hierarchy. Re-labeling it does not.

Drag and drop

The Project Files activity center, as well as many of the other activity centers in Project Center, provides drag-and-drop integration with Windows Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, and the Windows Desktop. For example:

  • You can drag files into the Project Files activity center to quickly copy them from other locations such as your desktop, an email attachment, or another network location.

  • You can drag and drop files from the right column to the folders column on the left.

  • You can drag and drop files from the Project Files activity center to your desktop, a local drive, or into Microsoft Outlook as an email attachment.

Related Project Center uses

The following list shows all available tasks. The tasks that appear depend on whether you have selected a project folder or file.

See Folder Tasks panel.

See File Tasks panel.

1   The following additional file tasks are available from this activity center:

     Select in Project Images

Click to locate and preview the image file in the Project Images activity center.

     Explorer Tasks > Copy

Click to open the Select Destination Folder dialog box to copy the file to the clipboard, which you can paste to another location in the Windows file system.

     Explorer Tasks > Move

Click to open the Move to dialog box to move the file to another location in the Windows file system.

     Explorer Tasks > Delete

Click to permanently delete the file from the Windows file system.

     Explorer Tasks > Rename

Click to rename the file. It is also renamed in the Windows file system.

See Email Tasks panel.

See Related Item Tasks panel.

1   This panel appears if the selected folder is a shared folder.

Shared Folder

     Modify Shared Folder

Click to open the Modify Shared Folder dialog box to republish a project folder to Info Exchange.

     Synchronize Contents

Click to open the Transfer to Info Exchange Options dialog box to edit the settings for the selected shared folder, including who can access it, reminder settings, and removal, and then synchronize it to your Newforma Info Exchange Server.

     Shared Folder > View Transfer History

Click to open the File Transfer form to view the transfer history of the shared folder.

     Shared Folder > Add or Remove Recipients

Click to open the Modify File Transfer Recipients dialog box to select the project team members to whom you want to give access to file transfers that have been transferred via Info Exchange (or to remove access), and to send them an email notification message regarding the transfer.

     Shared Folder > Resend Notification Only

Click to open the Resend File Transfer Notification dialog box to select the recipients to resend an email message containing download instructions to.

     Shared Folder > Change Access Level

Click to open the Modify File Transfer Access on Info Exchange dialog box to edit who can access the selected file transfer from Info Exchange.

     Shared Folder > Expiration and Reminder Settings

Click to open the Edit Expiration and Reminder Settings dialog box to edit the reminder settings for the selected file transfer from Info Exchange.

     Shared Folder > Remove Content from Info Exchange Server (Expire)

Click to remove the file transfer from the Info Exchange Server. The information about the file transfer still appears in this activity center and in Info Exchange, but space is saved by removing the actual file transfer file contents. External team members see the transfer information in their log, but can't download it.

     Repost Expired Shared Folder

1   This task only appears if the file transfer expired on Info Exchange, which means that the record copy .ZIP file was deleted on the Info Exchange Server.

Click to transfer the record copy .ZIP file back to Info Exchange so external users can access it again.

Project Files

This section lists all of the folders and files in the current project.

File type filter drop-down list

Use the filter drop-down list to select the file types to display from the project folders. Normally, all file types are displayed. Select a filter to narrow down the list of files by selecting which type to display. Then, when you select a folder, only files of the type selected from the list will appear in the folder, making it much easier to find a particular file or type.

For example, if you only want to list email message files, select Email (*.MSG, *EML) from the drop-down list. All of the project folders will still appear in the left column, but files that are not of type .MSG and .EML are removed. If you only want to see drawing files, select Drawings to display only files with extensions of .DWG, .DGN, and .DXF.

After you select a file type filter, you can use the icon to find and display the next project folder containing the selected file type. Use the icon to find and display the previous project folder containing the selected file type.

Filter All Columns

You can filter by any text that appears in any of the Items columns. For example, if you know the name (or part of the name) of the file that you are searching for (or the size, type, etc.), enter at least part of the text in this field. The Items list updates automatically as you type. For example, if the file you are searching for has the number 30 somewhere in one of the columns, enter 30 in this field. The list will be narrowed down to only files that have the number 30 somewhere in one of the columns.

Click to toggle between showing and hiding the column filter fields.


Click to clear all filters.

Group By

Click to group by the any of the columns. For example, if you want to group the list of files by name, select Name from the drop-down list. The files will be grouped into sections alphabetically by name. See Column Sorting, Filtering, and Grouping for more information.



The left column lists the folders in the current project. Right-click on a folder for a list of commands you can perform, including sending, renaming, copying, moving, deleting, and comparing the folders. If you leave this activity center, the last folder selected will be displayed the next time you return.



The right side lists the folders and files in the folder selected from the left column. Right-click on a file for a list of commands you can perform, including opening, comparing, and emailing the file. All columns are listed here. Right-click on any column header to list and de-list columns. Click the icons for more filtering options.


The name of the file.

Related Items

If the file has any related items, the icons appear here.


The file's type.


The size of the file.

Date Modified

The date the file was last modified.


Any keywords applied to the file.


The owner of the file.

1   You can select multiple files and open them at the same time. Simply select the files the same way you would in Windows Explorer, then right-click on them and select Open. They will then open in their respective applications.

1   You can copy file to the clipboard as hyperlinks that you can paste in other applications. To use this feature, right-click on a file and select Explorer Tasks > Copy Link to Clipboard. You can then insert the hyperlink in an application such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint by clicking the Insert tab, then Hyperlink, and then pasting the hyperlink in the Address field. When anyone clicks the hyperlink, Project Center will open to this activity center. Be aware that other applications can lock the clipboard, which would interfere with Project Center's ability to copy to it.

Preview tab

This tab shows a preview of the selected file.

  • Project Center previews Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as HTML files, PDF files, and text files as full documents with their original formatting intact, as shown below.

  • Press Ctrl-F to open the Find dialog box to find and highlight text in Preview tabs, as shown here:



Related Items tab

This tab lists all related Project Center items for the selected file.

The Relation Type column  has two icons to indicate the relationship type:

        The icon indicates that the relationship was created by a user and can be deleted (such as an action item related to an RFI).

        The icon indicates that the relationship was created by Project Center and cannot be deleted (such as a transmittal or record copy related to a submittal).


To access this activity center

Click Project Files from the Activities list or from the Project Home activity center.