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How to Edit Resources with Edraw Project

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Posted by Arijit Roul | 01/08/2021
Once the Tasks that consist of the project resources are required to implement the project tasks. They can be people, equipment, facilities, funding or anything needed to complete a project task.

Open Source Window

You have 3 entries to the Resource window where you can set up resources and edit resources.

  • Click Edit Resources icon Resource window icon on the Home tab.
  • Select any element in the task list. Go to Right Side Panel > Task > Assign Resources section, and click Edit Resources.
  • Edit resources in side panel

  • In the Gantt Chart view, select a box in Resources column and click the small triangle button. The Edit Resources option will appear and then you click it.
  • Edit resources in Resource column

Edit Resources in Resource Window

The Resource window is where you can set up resources and edit resources. You can adjust the width of each box by dragging the right border of it.

Edit resources in Resource column

To add a new resource, you can:

  • Click Add Row .
  • Press Enter on the keyboard.

After a resource is added, you need to define the following information of a resource in the Resource window.


Default Currency Unit

The default currency unit is USD. To change or customize Currency Unit type, you can click the small triangle button and choose the target Currency Unit.

Default currency unit

Resource Types

There are five types of Resources and they can be divided into two catalogues.

Work Resources:

People to complete the tasks, usually with a cost over time.
Non-work Resources:
Resources that have a fixed cost per unit, including

  • Material resources: Consumables used as project proceeds. For example, papers being used to print leaflets.
  • Cost resources: Financial cost associated with a task, such as travel expenses, food expenses etc.
  • Equipment resources: Equipment to complete the tasks, such as a printer.
  • Company resources: Company as a unit to complete the tasks.

Resource types

Resource Name

You can enter resource names according to your convenience.

Example of Resource Name

Work resource as an identified person.

Cindy, Gwen

Work resource as a job function or group

Doctor, Engineer, Teacher

Work resource as an equipment

Truck, Water Pipe

Resource Unit

Only when the resource type is Work Resource can you set the Resource Unit, including Max Unit and Unit.

Unit represents the maximum capacity of a work resource to work on assigned tasks. 100% means that the resource is available full-time on each workday. The work time is set in Project Options before you start adding tasks.

If the resource gets allocated to tasks that would require more than his work hours, then the resource is over allocated and Edraw Project will indicate this in red formatting in the Resource Status report.

Resource is overallocated

If a resource is more capable and has higher efficiency than an average level resource whose Unit is 100%, you can enter larger Unit to represent his competence. A 200% Max Unit indicates that the resource does double work in the same working time.>


By default, the Max Unit field is set to 100.

Resource Cost

You can set Standard Rate and Cos Per Use for work and non-work resources. You can also enter Overtime Rate for work resources.

Set resource cost

  • Standard Rate: Calculated on time unit basis, such as per day, per hour, per week and per month.
  • Cost Per Use: The cost that accrues each time a resource is used. It is added each time a work resource unit is assigned to a task and does not vary with the amount of time you use the resource.
  • Overtime Rate: The rate of pay for overtime work performed by a resource.


  • Edraw Project calculates the cost of a project by adding up the cost of resources allocated in all tasks.
  • Cost Per of non-work resources is calculated only once.

Divide Resources into Groups

Grouping enables you to view rolled-up summary information of resources allocated to a task. Once you have entered a new group, the group name will appear in the drop-down menu.

Divide Resources into Groups

Add Notes to Resources

You can add a note to include additional or supporting information of a resource.

Assign Resources to Task

Once the tasks list and resources are complete, resources need to be assigned to tasks in order to carry out the tasks. Edraw Project supports to track task progress, resource status and task costs.

There are two ways to assign resources to a task.

You can assign resources to a task one by one,

  1. In Gantt Chart view, go to the Resources column.
  2. Click the box below the Resources column for the task you need the resource to be assigned.
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose the name of the resource you need.
  4. assign resources to a task one by one

If you need to allocate multiple work resources to a task, you can:

  1. Select the task.
  2. Go to the Assign Resources section on Right Side Panel.
  3. Click the group name to allocate all resources in a group to the selected task.
  4. assign resources to a task one by one


You can select multiple resources to work on a single task. A work resource can be assigned to multiple tasks.

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