How to Create and Import/Export Layouts in Primavera P6
What is Primavera P6 Project Layout File (PLF)
A .plf file is a Primavera P6 Layout File that stores information about screen layouts and it is used to exchange Layouts between Primavera P6 Databases regardless of the database type in which it was created.
In this article we will understand the steps to import a .plf file to save and restore activity screen layouts for schedule planning and reporting.
PLF files are available for five different screens:
- Activities screen
- Project screen
- WBS screen
- Resource Assignments screen
- Tracking layout screen
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Let’s demonstrate saving and restoring a layout for the activities screen.
We have in Figure 1 our demonstration project.
Figure 1 shows the layout of our activities screen. Please note the total float column, which provides valuable information on schedule flexibility. We want to save and store this layout for use on another project. First, we save the layout. Select the Layout drop down menu, Figure 2.
In the layout drop-down menu, select layout and save as. In the Save layout as dialog, make the layout Available to the project,
Note that P6 adds 1 on to the current layout name,
Now we have captured our activity screen layout.
Let’s proceed further and export our layout to store it and to use it later on another project. Select Layout, and layout and open as from the drop-down menu,
In the open layout dialog, Figure 6, highlight Standard Layout_1 and click export.
In same window you can see other primavera p6 layouts templates as well
Save the PLF layout file in a folder in the windows operating system,
Our PLF file is now saved or primavera p6 layouts has downloaded and available for other projects.
Let’s assume we were planning another project,
Now we want to prepare a report that includes total float. Again, select Layout, and Layout open from the drop down menu. This time in the open layout dialog, Figure 9, click import
In the import layout dialog, Figure 10, select Standard Layout_1.plf.
Make the Standard Layout_1 layout available to the project, Figure 11.
Now open the layout, Figure 12.
Our new schedule with replica layout is displayed in Figure 13.
PLF files are a valuable feature for reflecting reports on different projects in Primavera P6. It is possible to save or export and store PLF files in the windows operating system. These PLF files can then be imported and opened to produce a similar screen report on a different project. But it is important that the screen you are viewing matches the PLF screen type you are importing.
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