VirtualBoss Getting Started and Usage Guide
Latest Release: v5.08 build 378 - 8/26/2014

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If you read these instructions, you'll learn tips that will help you master all that VirtualBoss has to offer. Some users start learning about Virtualboss just by adding tasks. Many users start by adding simple things like punch list items and other miscellaneous tasks. If you want to take this approach, see the paragraph below titled:
Tracking punch list, service, waranty, and Misc tasks.

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Overview

VirtualBoss is an easy to use scheduling and task management software that is actively developed and continually updated! Designed by a real contractor and used by professionals, VirtualBoss is great for scheduling and keeping track of all your tasks (major scheduling items, punch lists, service call items, warranty items, administrative tasks, ect.). Forget about sorting through endless sheets of paper to figure out who needs to do what, when, and where; you'll never have to worry about forgetting what needs to be done again. With VirtualBoss, and a couple of well place keyboard strokes, you can easliy look up what needs to be done. You can also use VirtualBoss to fax and email your work orders, it's a great communication tool! VirtualBoss will run on any Windows PC (XP/Vista/7). While there is no Apple variant of the software, you can run VirtualBoss on a mac using a special software letting you run windows programs on your macs. You can also use VirtualBoss on your mobile devices like android and iphone, or tablet devices with Remote VirtualBoss

VirtualBoss Basics

VirtualBoss stores a list of tasks that cover everything you need to do and have done. Major scheduling items, punch lists, service call items, warranty items, administrative tasks, ect., all of these are stored on our Task Manager. You can set dependencies using our Linking system so that entire schedules (or just a single item) can update when a schedule is modified. VirtualBoss has a Job Manager where all your Job information is stored. Our Contact Manager is used for saving all your contacts information like email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, whatever you'd like. Each task in VirtualBoss can be assigned a contact and a Job. When you assign a Job to a task, that's the same as saying this task belongs in that Job. By assigning a contact to a task, you're saying that this person is the one performing the work. They will receive work orders or schedules when you decide to email/fax that item. Since all your tasks for all your jobs are stored in one place, you'll want to use the Filter options to only show you the information you're looking for very quickly.


Setting Up Your First Schedule In VirtualBoss

The first screen you'll see when you open VirtualBoss will be the Task Manager - Task List Screen. Initially, this list will be empty; we have no jobs or tasks yet.

Before we start adding tasks, let's take a moment to explain what the Task List screen is. The VirtualBoss Task Manager Task List Screen (often refered to as just Task Manager) is the main hub for all of your schedules. Every task for every job will be viewable from here. You will do most of your work, and spend most of your time, within this area of the software.

Tip! You can get to the Task Manager at any time by clicking "Task Manager" from the top of the program.
Click Task Manager

Now that you have a basic understanding of what the Task Manager is, let's look at how to use it! This brings us back to setting up our first schedule. There are many ways to start building a schedule in VirtualBoss, this guide will cover one of those ways. When starting a new schedule from scratch, the best place to begin is the Job Manager. Before we can start building a schedule, we will need to create the Job that these future tasks will belong to. Click the Job Manager menu button at the top of the program to open it. This item is found right next to the Task Manager menu button (see above image for a reference)

Once you come to the Job Manager screen, you may notice this list is empty. Like the Task Manager, the Job Manager screen is the main hub for all of your Jobs. In most cases, you will only need to use the Job Manager when adding new jobs or editing your existing job information.

Let's begin our new schedule by creating our job. Click on the Add a Job button in the upper left corner of the Job Manager window. In the window that comes up next, enter a name for your new job. This can be anything you like, but it is a good idea to name it something that is both meaningful and easy to remember.

Job Name

Once you've decided on a suitable name for your Job, press Ok. The next window that comes up will be your Job Details window. This screen is where you'll enter any and all details for this job. To keep things simple, you do not need to fill anything else out about your job. Just hit Ok to save and close that window.

You should now be back on the Job Manager screen. You should also see the job you just created at the top of the list. Now, it is time to continue building the schedule around this job. Let's close the Job Manager for now and go back to the Task Manager. Click on the Task Manager menu button.

Once back at the Task Manager, click on Add a Task in the upper left corner of the window.

This will bring up the Task Details screen. This window is where you can fill out any information about your task. We will go into more detail about the task details screen in another section of this guide. For now, we're going to focus on just two fields of this details screen. The Task Description and Job # / Location fields. Start with the Task Description field. Use this field to enter a brief description of what this task is all about. Next, in the Job # / Location field, use the drop down option to choose the job you created earlier in the Job Manager. We created the job first so we could use it when creating tasks. This concept is very important in understanding how VirtualBoss builds schedules. By choosing a job in the Job # / Location field, you are assigning this task to that job.

You should now have a task that looks something like this:

Add Job Description

At this point, you can hit the Ok button to save and close the new task. This will take you back to the Task Manager screen where you should now see the task you just created.

That's it!

You've just added a task to your schedule and are well underway! Continue adding more tasks the same way you just did and you'll have a completed schedule in no time! Just remember to always assign each task to a job by using the Job # / Location field. This is how VirtualBoss knows which tasks belong to which job. If you want to learn more about the task detail screen, jump to our Task Detail section.

To view a quick video of creating a job and adding a task to it, click here

Cliff Notes Version:
  • Start by opening the Job Manager
  • Click on Add a Job and give it a meaningful name
  • Go back to the Task Manager and click Add a Task
  • Fill out the Task Description of your task
  • Set Job # / Location field to your job
  • Save and close your task
  • Keep adding tasks and remember to assign each one a job!

Task Detail Screen

This section will break down each field of the Task Detail Screen and give you a description of what each one does. This is a good section to familiarize yourself with as you'll learn what each field does and how it can affect your schedules.

Task Description:
The Task Description briefly describes what your task is about.
Task description
Job #/Location:
The Job #/Location field determines which job this task is assigned to. You'll want to assign each task you create to a Job. You can have unassigned tasks as well.
Job Field
Company / Person's Name:
The Company / Person's Name field is where you can assign a person to do the work. For example, you could assign a subcontractor to this field and they will be notified via email when you send work orders.
Assignee field
Tip! You can add new contacts quickly from this screen. Just start typing a contact or company name in the Company or Person's Name field and if it's not found, VirtualBoss will ask you if you want to add it. This method is referered to as "On the fly" contact adding. You can also do the same for Jobs.

Important! The "Company" field and "Person's Name" field are linked to the same contact. This means that when you assign a contact to a task, you can choose either of these fields to do so. Each contact in VirtualBoss has a field for their name and what company they work for. When you assign a contact to a task, it will fill in the appropriate information for that contact. You can choose to either look them up based on their Company name, or their personal name.

Task ID
This may be one of the most important concepts when learning VirtualBoss. The Task ID number is nothing more than a unique identification number for each task. Each task is assigned a Task ID based on the order it was entered in.

Useful Tip: It doesn't matter what order you enter your tasks.

Do not attempt to use the Task ID field as a way to "order" your tasks. (for "task order" tips, see Task # below)
Status
Each task has 2 states: Active or Done.
Every new task added to VirtualBoss is "Active" by default. This just means that the task hasn't been completed yet. A task is "Done" when you change the status to done. You can do this by setting the "Actual Finish" date, or simply changing the status field to done.

Useful Tip: VirtualBoss only shows Active tasks by default. Done tasks are hidden from view and do not show up on the Task List. To see Done tasks, you'll need to open the filter options and choose to show done tasks. This will be covered in detail in a later section.

Target Start Date
The Target Start Date is the day you expect the task to begin. By default, all new tasks take the current day as their start date. You may change the start date by manually typing a new day into the target start date field, or use the drop down calendar option next to the field. Start dates can be controlled by other tasks by using our Task Linking feature. These options are found under the Scheduling Tab.
Duration
The duration of each task is simply a measurement of how long it is expected to take from start to finish. VirtualBoss will only track durations in increments of Days, with 1 day being smallest value. All new tasks take the duration of 1 day to complete. Even if the task may only take a few hours, it will still take a 1 day duration.
Target Finish
The Target Finish field cannot be directly changed by the user and is controlled based on when the task starts and its duration. It is the expected completion date.
Actual Finish
Under normal circumstances, most users will never have to change this field. It is automatically updated when a tasks status has been changed to Done. If this field is set by the user, the task will automatically be marked as done, assuming the task has been completed.
Task #
The Task # field can be one of the most useful fields in VirtualBoss. Its sole purpose is to maintain order within your schedules. Each Task has a Task # field. Though it is optional, we highly recommend to use a task # for each of your tasks. Your tasks can be entered into VirtualBoss in any order you want. They don't have to be entered in the order they are meant to start. By giving each task a Task #, you'll guarantee your tasks will appear in the order you decided regardless of when they were added. It's a great idea to leave gaps between your task #s so that you can insert tasks between others easily.

Here's an example of 2 schedules with Task #s.
Task Number Example
In this example, tasks #s were given in increments of 10. If you wanted to insert a task between Dig hole for foundation (10) and Build foundation (20), you would simply give your new task a task # of 15. You can also use decimals for task #s like 1.5 or 2.3.

Useful Tip: You can sort your task list by any column you see. Just click the top of the column and your list will be ordered either ascending or descending. Sorting by the Task # field is a great way to always have your tasks appear in the order you gave them!

Requested By
The "Requested By" field is flexible. It's traditional use is to fill in the name of the person who is assigning this work. However, you can use this field for any other purpose. (see renaming fields for more details)
Notes tab
Your detailed task notes can hold an unlimited amount of information. This is where you would describe in detail the instructions for this task.
File Attachments tab
File attachments can be used to attach things like documents to a task. By attaching documents, you have the option to include these files along with your emailed work orders.
Task Groups tab
Task Groups can be a useful way to organize your tasks even further. By creating and placing a task in a group, you are "grouping" similar tasks together. Much the same way you assign tasks to a job to make a schedule, you can assign tasks into a group for quick filtering access.

In the example below, the "Clean up" group is checked; this task now belongs to the group "Clean up". Any other task you would fit into this category, you could also put in this group. The purpose for doing this is that later on, you can use the filter options to show you only tasks that are part of the "Clean up" group.

Task Groups

Scheduling tab
The scheduling tab is where you can "Link" tasks, creating a critical path through your schedule. There are 2 ways you can link tasks to each other. One way is through the scheduling tab that is found on each task. This tab shows a list of tasks that you may want to choose as a predecessor.

Useful Tip: The list of tasks on the scheduling tab are automatically filtered to show the tasks that belong to the same job. Some tasks may also be hidden by VirtualBoss to prevent conflicts that could create infinite loops.

To link the current task to a predecessor, check the box under the Link column. You may have multiple predecessors for a single task. When you link a task to another, you will change the Start Date to the day after the predecessor task finishes. You can then adjust the start date manually without breaking the link. This can be accomplished by using the plus field on the Scheduling tab.

The second method to link tasks can be done on the Gantt Chart. You can drag and drop tasks to create links very quickly.

Gantt Chart Linking

You can adjust things such as Start Date by dragging a task bar left or right, or change the Duration by increasing or decreasing the length of the task bar. Any task that is linked will have its Start Date adjusted if its predecessor changes. By linking your tasks together, you can adjust entire schedules automatically if something changes!

Here is an example of a schedule with multiple linked tasks:

Linked Tasks Example
Email & Fax tab
You can quickly email or fax a single work order or schedule item from the Email & Fax tab. You can choose to send this item to either the assigned contact, the Job owner, or another contact of your choice. This choice is best used to email/fax single tasks. For sending entire schedules at once to multiple people, you'll want to use the Print/Email/Fax control panel.
Custom Fields tab
Most input fields in VirtualBoss can be renamed and customized. We have dedicated additional (optional) custom fields to suit any needs. These fields are purely text based input fields. You can use them to display any information on printed reports or the task list.
Secondary Assignees tab
If you find you need to assign more than one person to a task, you can do so in the Secondary Assignees Tab. Simply check the box next to the contact in the contact list and they will be included when emailing or faxing work order or schedules. This can be useful if you want to assign a project manager, but also want others in the group to receive work order updates.
Recap:
  • Task Description, Job #/Location, Person's Name, and Task #, are useful fields to familiarize yourself with
  • The Scheduling tab is useful for linking your tasks together

Task Manager - Task List Screen

Task Manager Task List Screen

The Task Manager (also referred to as Task List Screen) is one of 3 main Lists in VirtualBoss (Task List, Contact List, Job List). It is where most of your time will be spent when using the program. This list will show all tasks, past/present/future. If you've ever entered a task into VirtualBoss, it can be found on this screen. VirtualBoss keeps all your schedules, tasks, and contacts, in one place. By keeping your resources together like this, you can very quickly find and view any previous schedule with ease. This section will focus on the Task Manager and will show you how you can use it most effectively.

This is the first screen you're shown after starting VirtualBoss. At first your task list will be empty, but that will soon change as you start Adding Tasks.

Task List Button Bar

Add a Task
Adding Tasks is the foundation of using VirtualBoss. You start building your first schedule by clicking "Add a Task". This brings up the Task Detail Screen where you fill out all the relevant details. Once you've added a task, it will appear on the Task Manager List Screen.

Useful Tip: You can copy tasks you've previously entered rather than creating a new one from scratch.

Edit Task
To edit a task in VirtualBoss, you can single click to highlight a task in your Task List, then click Edit Task. You can also double click on any task to edit it. There is also a way to edit many tasks at once by choosing Edit all tasks in list from the right-click menu.
Delete Task
To delete a task, you need to single click on any task to hightlight it, then click the Delete Task button. You can also delete a highlighted task by pressing the "Del" key. For safety, there is no "delete all" option. However, you can remove all the tasks for a single job by deleting that job from the Job Manager Screen.

Filter Options
The Filter Options will let you choose which tasks to show on the task list. This option will be covered in detail in another section.
Gantt Chart
The Gantt Chart is a great way to view your schedules from a more visual perspective. Clicking the Gantt Chart button from the Task Manager screen will take you to our Gantt Chart view. All the tasks showing on the task list will appear in the Gantt Chart view.

Useful Tip: Use the filter options before switching to the Gantt Chart to make it easier to view your current schedule.

See the Gantt Chart section below for more details.
Calendar
The Calendar lets you view your tasks in a weekly or monthly calendar view. Like the Gantt Chart, the Calendar automatically shows you all the tasks present from your Task List when you switch views. Use the filter options to show specific schedules to suit your needs. The Calendar will be covered in more detail in another section. Starting with VirtualBoss 5.08 build 318, Remote VirtualBoss now has a calendar view.
Import and Export
You can import or export your Task List in VirtualBoss. There's a few things we'll go over in this section that will prepare you for importing or exporting your tasks to and from VirtualBoss.

There's a few reasons you may want to import a list of tasks into VirtualBoss. Maybe you already have a task list that you don't want to re-enter, or you're bringing over a task list from another program into VirtualBoss. Or maybe you just like to make changes using Excel. Whatever the reason, there's some things to know when using this feature with VirtualBoss.

You'll need Microsoft Excel installed on your computer in order to use the importing and exporting feature.
(Trial versions of Excel have disabled the use of importing and exporting so it will need to be a fully licensed copy to work)

In order to import tasks into VirtualBoss, you need to have a properly formatted Excel sheet. This can be easily obtained by simply doing an Export of the Task List from VirtualBoss.

Exported VirtualBoss Excel Sheet

The headers cannot be altered or the import may fail. You can choose which fields are included in the export by going to Options, then Preferences, then Field Captions.
In general, there are 2 different outcomes you'd expect from importing tasks into VirtualBoss.
  • Adding New Tasks
  • Updating Existing Tasks

Adding New Tasks:
If you want to add new tasks to VirtualBoss through importing, leave the Task ID field blank on the Excel sheet. Here's an example:

Leave Task ID number blank

When VirtualBoss sees a task with no Task ID during an import, it assumes it's a new task and will automatically create a new one, avoiding the possibility of overwriting an existing task.

Updating Existing Tasks:
You may be editing a current schedule in an excel sheet and wish to update your tasks when you import back into VirtualBoss. To update your tasks, leave the Task IDs intact next to each task. Here's an example:

Example 2 leave task ID numbers alone

When VirtualBoss encounters tasks with task ID numbers during an import, those tasks will be updated with new information.

Some data fields on the Excel sheet can be left blank when importing. Here's a list of fields you can leave blank, and how VirtualBoss handles it.

Task ID Creates new task
Target Start Date Today's date
Target Finish Date Today's date
Duration 1 day
Status Active

Any field not mentioned is ignored if left blank during import.

Recap:
  • To add new tasks during import, remove Task IDs next to tasks.
  • To update existing tasks with new changes, leave Task IDs intact.

Tracking Punch List, Service, Warranty, and Misc. Tasks

VirtualBoss is not just for tracking and communicating major scheduling items (such as "Install Foundation" or "Rough Frame House"). VirtualBoss is great for tracking miscellaneous tasks (such as "Fix dent in front door", "Replace missing knob in kitchen sink", "Replace missing light bulb in basement", or "Update website to include a new floor plan"). Many people initially start using VirtualBoss to track punch list, service, warranty, and miscellaneous tasks, and then expand to scheduling major tasks later.

Some people feel this is the easiest way to learn about VirtualBoss. With this approach, you can make practical use of VirtualBoss within minutes of installing the program. Just click on Add A Task and enter what needs to be done.

You can use VirtualBoss to track punch list items that you keep on a yellow pad of paper. When someone calls, you can quickly filter down to that sub-contractor, employee, or yourself, and see all outstanding tasks for that person for all your jobs. You can even use VirtualBoss to fax or email work orders to this person, telling them exactly what needs to be done.

VirtualBoss can simplify and streamline your punch list and warranty process by giving you a central point where you can keep all your information. If you keep your punch list, warranty, and service tasks in VirtualBoss, you will have a long term record of all tasks for every job and every supplier, subcontractor, and employee. You will be able to find a history and recall everything that ever happened on a job site, or everything that was ever done by a specific person or company. Your contractors, employees, and customers will think it's great; you will no longer forget anything that needs to be done!

If you send somebody to a job site, they will get a list of everything that needs to be done at that site. VirtualBoss does a great job of helping you track miscellaneous administrative tasks in your office. Just set up a job called "Office Work" and start assigning tasks to this job. When you are supervising office operations, all you have to do is filter down to the "Office Work" job.


Print/Email/Fax

You can send work orders or schedules through email or fax using the Print/Email/Fax control panel. This section contains useful information about how to send entire schedules or multiple work orders.
As of VirtualBoss 5.08 build 340, the Print/Email/Fax option has been completely overhauled. Updated information can be found below.

Print Email Fax Control Panel

Tip! Print/Email/Fax is useful for sending multiple emails at once, or sending entire schedules. You'll find it easier to send single work orders to people by using the Email tab inside each task.

Let's start this section off by talking about how the Print/Email/Fax system works in VirtualBoss. Individual work orders can be emailed directly from its own detail screen. When you edit a task, there is an email and fax tab where you can send that task out as a work order or schedule. While it is possible to send single work orders from the Print/Email/Fax control panel, it's not the most practical solution. The Print/Email/Fax control panel looks at your entire Task List to determine what is going to be sent. Let's look at an example.

Let's say you have 8 tasks showing on your task list and you click on the Print/Email/Fax button. When you send Emails this way, you're saying that you want to send all 8 emails that are showing on your list (if you had 200 tasks in your list, all 200 will be emailed)

Print/Email/Fax will send ALL tasks that are currently showing on your Task List. This means that you can use the Filter Options to pull up exactly which tasks you want to email, whether it's an entire job, a single persons tasks, all punch list items, whatever the situation calls for, you'll be able to quickly email all of these items using the Print/Email/Fax control panel.

The report format section determines whether you're sending Works Orders or a schedule to everyone.

Report Format

Choose between sending tasks as work orders or as a schedule. With Work Orders selected, all tasks will be emailed as work orders. With Schedules selected, they'll become a schedule.

Tip! All tasks with the same assigned contact will be grouped together in one email. If a contact has five tasks to be emailed, they'll receive one email with all five tasks included rather than five separate emails.

If you're unsure about what is being sent, you can always click on "Print Preview" to view the result. Email and Fax Recipients give you even greater control on how to send your tasks.

Send to Assignee(s): Will send each task to the email address belonging to its assigned contact.
Send to Job Owner(s): Will send all tasks to the Job Owners based on the job each task is assigned.
Send to one or more contacts: Ignores the assigned contact and just sends all visible tasks to the contact(s) you choose.
Include attachments: Any attachments that are part of a task are included along with the work order or schedule.
Send to Secondary Assignees: Sends tasks to other contacts assigned to each task that are defined in the Secondary Assignee Tab.

New Print/Email/Fax - Build 340+

We have greatly simplified the Print/Email/Fax section of VirtualBoss in build 340 and up. The new feature provides a step-by-step guide for sending your items from VirtualBoss. Just click on the Print/Email/Fax button to start.

Trouble Finding Tasks

If you notice that some tasks you just added aren't showing up on the Task Manager or Gantt Chart, or some jobs seem to be missing, there is a very good chance they are just being filtered out by the Filter Options. VirtualBoss uses Filters to hide tasks. These can be useful when your Task List becomes larger and you only wish to view specific information at any given time. The quickest way to find these "lost tasks" is by hitting the on the Task Manager screen. This action resets all active filters back to default settings which show all Active tasks for all jobs.

The most common scenario of "lost tasks" occur when tasks are marked as Done. By default, VirtualBoss hides done tasks from appearing on the Task List. You'll need to set the filters to show Active and Done tasks to make these appear again. By setting filters to show active and done tasks, you'll see all tasks that are in your database across all jobs.


Filter Options

Filter Options Basic View

One of the most useful tools in VirtualBoss, the Filter Options let you show or hide any tasks on the Task Manager List Screen. We've designed these filters to be able to show you any combination of tasks you can think of. They are extremely flexible. In the basic view, you can choose to show tasks based on their Job, status, or assigned contact.

Here are some ways you can use the filter options:

  • Filter by Job to show only tasks that have been assigned to it.
  • Filter by Person's Name to show only tasks that been assigned to that contact
  • Filter by Status to show only active, done, or active + done tasks.
Tip!
More than one filter can be active at a time! (example: try filtering to a Job and a person's name to view tasks they have assigned for that job only)
To quickly show all your tasks again, click Restore Default Filter Settings to clear all active filters.

While the basic filters work for most scenarios, we've provided additional filters to cover any need you can think of!


Job Manager

Job Manager

The Job Manager is dedicated to tracking all your jobs. This is where you'll go when you want to start a new schedule. We recommend to go to the Job Manager when you're ready to start a new schedule. Let's have a quick look at what it's like to create a job in VirtualBoss:

The Job Detail Screen

Job Detail Screen

The Job Detail Screen is where all the details about your job should go. Once a job is created in the job manager, you're free to start assigning tasks to it.

Here's a quick example:

Click on Add Job and give the new job a name.

add job screen

You can choose to fill out any details about this new job, or, leave it as is and hit ok. You'll notice the job will appear in the Job Manager List.

Example 1

Now it's time to go back to the Task Manager and click Add Task. To assign this new task to your new job, either start typing the name of the job in the Job #/Location field, or find it in the drop down list.

That's all there is to it!


Contact Manager

Contact Manager

There are a few ways to enter contacts into VirtualBoss. You can manually enter them into the Contact Manager or enter them on the fly as you add tasks in the Task Manager. You can also import them from Excel or you can synchronize with QuickBooks Pro and/or QuickBooks Premier. Synchronizing with QuickBooks makes things a lot easier. If you make a change in QuickBooks, it will appear in VirtualBoss; if you make a change in VirtualBoss, it will appear in QuickBooks. Synchronizing VirtualBoss with QuickBooks saves time and keeps information in both programs up-to-date and more accurate.

Keeping information on your contacts in the Contact Manager is a great way to stay organized and manageable. Manually adding contacts into the Contact Manager is a simple process. When in the Contact Manager window, click on the Add a contact button. From here, all you need to do is begin entering contact information. To save time, you can just add in the company name, email address, and fax number (if applicable). VirtualBoss uses this information to send work orders and schedules so it's important to add this information for each contact.

You can also import your contacts from another program if that program is capable of exporting to Microsoft Excel. You can perform a blank export from VirtualBoss' Contact Manager to get a formatted Excel worksheet. Then, just copy and paste the information from one Excel sheet to the other for importing into VirtualBoss.

If your contacts are in QuickBooks, it is very easy to move them to VirtualBoss via the QuickBooks Synchronization Feature. If you want to do this, go to Options and click on QuickBooks Synchronization.

Tip!
If you are going to be faxing and emailing work orders, be sure to enter the contact’s fax number and email address into the “Work Order Distribution” tab.
This is how you tell VirtualBoss where to fax and email work orders and schedules for tasks you assign to this contact.

All information about a contact should be entered in the contact profile; things like emails addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, ect.
By entering this information to a contacts profile, this information will be added a task automatically when a contact is assigned to a task.

(Task Detail Screen)
Example 5

Gantt Chart

The Gantt Chart lets you view your task information in a different way. You can better visualize the length, status, and delays of a schedule by viewing it on a Gantt Chart. To view the Gantt Chart, press the Gantt Chart button from the Task Manager.
Tip! The information displayed on the Gantt Chart is based on what you see on the Task Manager. We recommend to become familiar with the Filter Options. This will reduce the amount of information you need to look at and let you focus on specific jobs.

The Gantt Chart is very customizable. You can choose to display more (or less) information, what order your tasks appear in, a specific date range, color of tasks, font and color options, and much more.

You can work completely within the Gantt Chart if you wish. Double clicking on a task description to the left or a bar on the right will open that task for editing. You can also "Drag and Drop" and "Resize" the bars on the Gantt Chart to change things like the task start date or task duration.

Gantt Chart Settings
The VirtualBoss Gantt Chart has many options you can use to customize the look and feel of your schedules. These options are located in the Gantt Chart Settings, which can be found on the Gantt Chart screen. You can change the layout, sort order, color, font size, and many more options, within the Gantt Chart Settings.
Column Preferences

Column Preferences let you choose which information about your tasks you want to show on the Gantt Chart. Just by checking the Show box to the left of each field, you can have that information appear on the left side of the Gantt Chart. You can also check the box for Show on Bar, and that information will appear next to the task bar on the right side of the Gantt Chart Chart.

The Width column lets you change how wide to make that field appear on the left side of the Gantt Chart. You can also manually extend the field on the Gantt Chart by clicking and dragging the field box. This value this box displays is the set width for each field and will adjust as you change things.

The Order column lets you rearrange the order of the columns that appear on the left side of the Gantt Chart.

Column Title Font & Column Font
The Column Title Font and Column Font change the size and color of the Title text and Column text:
Date Range to Show
The Date Range to show options affect how much of the Schedule you want to see. If Accept Default is checked, the Gantt Chart will show a date range based on the earliest starting task and the latest ending task. This is usually a good setting as it will automatically show you the entire schedule.
Header Over Lines

You can change the Font, time scale, and change between weekly and monthly views.

These options affect the top part of the Gantt Chart:
Sorting

The Sorting section is extremely useful. It dicates how the entire Gantt Chart is sorted. The options that you'll want to get to know in this section are Primary Sort and Secondary Sort. We recommend to use Job # as your Primary Sort. This will group all tasks together based on the Job they are assigned to. For Secondary Sort, we recommend to use Task #. This will then sort all tasks in each Job based on the Task # they are assigned.

Important! In order to use the Task # as the secondary sort, you'll need to assign a Task # to each task. When sorting by Task #, tasks without a Task # will be treated as if they have a value of '0' so they will always appear above tasks that have Task #'s.

An alternative to this is to choose the Sorting option Same sort pattern as the Task List. This will automatically detect which way your tasks are sorted on the Task List and match that on the Gantt Chart. We highly recommend to use the Job # and Task # as your Primary and Secondary sorts.

Memorized Gantt Chart Settings
Memorized Settings provide a way to customize the appearance of your Gantt Chart for different scenarios, and quickly switch between them. To use Memorized settings, all you need to do is click the Memorize settings button. This will save all of your current Gantt Chart settings as a profile, so you may want to give it a descriptive name. You'll notice that once you have memorized settings, a new drop down option appears at the top of the Gantt Chart that will allow you to apply the memorized settings quickly.
Gantt Chart Recap:
  • The Gantt Chart is part of the Task Manager. You can view the Task Manager as either a list of tasks, or as a Gantt Chart.
  • The same information appears on the Task Manager and the Gantt Chart.
  • You can use the Gantt Chart Settings to customize the look and sorting order of your tasks.

Remote VirtualBoss

Remote VirtualBoss is a personal website that allows you direct access to your VirtualBoss schedules, jobs, and contact information and comes included with your license of PC VirtualBoss!
You can find Remote VirtualBoss by going to Options, then click on Remote VirtualBoss.

If you're on a support plan, we can set this up for you! If you're not on a support plan, we have a Helpful Setup Guide that covers how to set up your Remote VirtualBoss website on your computer.
On newer versions of VirtualBoss (5.08 build 320 and up), Remote VirtualBoss is installed automatically when you install PC VirtualBoss. You can access the site locally by clicking this link.

Remote VirtualBoss Login Screen

You can access your website through any smartphone (such as Android/iPhone) and tablet devices including the iPad. Any device that can browse the web can use Remote VirtualBoss.

Creating Logins For Remote VirtualBoss
Once your Remote VirtualBoss website is set up, you may decide that you would like a login screen to protect your data. Starting with build 303, you can now configure logins for PC VirtualBoss and Remote VirtualBoss in one location.

To create new logins for Remote VirtualBoss, go to the Users tab in the preferences.

Users Tab

The Administrator login is created by default and its permissions cannot be changed. You can change the Administrator password, by default it is blank.

To create a new user, click on.
Next, create a smart Name for the new user and provide a password (optional).

Name:
Password:

You can now set Permissions for this user by changing the Login Permissions.

You have some choices for permissions. Read/Write (gives full access to all task, job, and contact data), Read-Only (View everything, cannot make changes), and Custom. Custom lets you set Filter style permissions to a login. You fill out the permissions form by setting parameters based on what tasks this user has access to.
For example: Let's create a user called "Brad". We set his permissions to Custom. Next, we'll click on
Now we'll set the Person's Name field to his contact record "Gumpf, Brad".
Person's Name

This will now only show tasks assigned to Brad Gumpf whenever "Brad" logs in to Remote VirtualBoss.


Calendar View for Remote VirtualBoss
With the release of build 318, Remote VirtualBoss now has a drag-and-drop style calendar! To access the calendar view, go to your Remote VirtualBoss website and click onfrom the Task List. If you do not see the Calendar View button, check the version of your software to make sure you are on version 5.08 build 318 or later. You can find the version and build of your software by going to Help, About VirtualBoss. If you would like to upgrade your software, please visit our online store. You can also try out this calendar on our demo website.
Calendar View

Gantt Chart View for Remote VirtualBoss
With the release of build 346, Remote VirtualBoss now has a Gantt Chart View! If you do not see the Gantt Chart button, check the version of your software to make sure you are on version 5.08 build 346 or later. You can find the version and build of your software by going to Help, About VirtualBoss. If you would like to upgrade your software, please visit our online store. You can also try out this Gantt Chart on our demo website.
Gantt Chart View

This Gantt Chart view will work with all modern browsers such as IE10+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera. If you use an older version of Internet Explorer, and this Gantt Chart does not display properly, we highly recommend you upgrade your browser. For best results, use Firefox or Chrome

You can update your schedule from this Gantt Chart view by clicking on the task description on the left side, or clicking the task bar on the right side. You can drag the task bars left or right to change the start dates; resize the bars to increase/decrease duration. Changes will take place and save immediately. Please note that there is no "undo" option.

By clicking on the arrow to the left of the task description, the page will automatically scroll to the right to give you quick access to that task where it sits on the chart. This is useful if you have a very long schedule and want to quickly find it.

The Gantt Chart can show weekends with the daygrid option (but does not currently show other "days off")


Internet Explorer Users: If you experience a problem where you are being re-directed back to the Remote VirtualBoss login screen whenever you try to save or click on a task, please follow these instructions to correct the problem.

Go to Tools, then Internet Options. Under the Privacy tab, click on the Advanced button. Make sure you're set to accept first party cookies, and to always allow session cookies. This should resolve the problem!

Move VirtualBoss to Another Computer

Sometimes you may find it necessary to move your copy of VirtualBoss to another computer. This process is very easy and can be done in just a few steps.

Backup
Step 1)

Create a backup of your database. This can be done by going to File, then click on Backup.

Give your Backup file a good name and save it to a location you'll be able to find.
This is a complete copy of your entire database and can be used to move your data from one computer to another.

If you have a flash drive you can save it to that, or you can transfer the file to your new computer through a network share. You can even email it to yourself if you don't have network access or a flash drive.

Restore Step 2)

On your new computer, install VirtualBoss from an install file or by downloading from our website.

Once installed, just restore your backup into your new installation by going to File, and clicking on Restore.

Browse for and choose your Backup file and press ok.

You can now remove the software from your old computer. Uninstalling VirtualBoss automatically de-registers the license for use on another computer.

Tip: When you restore a backup file into VirtualBoss, you will overwrite any data that exists in the current database with that of the backup file. It's usually best to restore a backup file into a new blank database.


Duplicating Jobs and Job Templates

Duplicating Jobs in VirtualBoss is very easy. You can re-use any Job you've ever entered into VirtualBoss. This section will talk about how to duplicate an existing Job and how to work with Templates in VirtualBoss. Let's start by opening the Job Manager. In this example we have 2 Jobs in the Job Manager - 23 Allen Creek and 20 Westbend.

Job Manager

If we wanted to duplicate 23 Allen Creek, all we need to do is highlight that Job as shown above and click [Duplicate Job]. There is also a Right-Click menu option to do this as well. After you click duplicate, you'll be given a few options on what you would like to copy from your old job to your new one.

In most cases, you'll just want to have the All tasks checked. This will tell VirtualBoss to copy all the tasks from 23 Allen Creek to our new Job. At the bottom of the window you have 2 choices: and . If your new Job doesn't exist yet, you'll want to choose to Create a new job and copy information to it. If your new Job has already been created, you can copy tasks into it by choosing Copy information to an existing Job.

Give your Job a new name and hit yes to the confirmation box on the following screen. That's all there is to duplicating a job! if you want to view your new job, you can select it on the Job List and click on , which is located right next to the duplicate button. This is the same as going into the filter options and choosing your new job to filter by.

To make a job a template in VirtualBoss, you'll need to find the template job setting. To find this option, double click on the job you wish to make a template; this will pull up its detail window. It's located in the lower left corner of the screen.

Tip: Any job in VirtualBoss can be a "template" in the traditional sense, you don't need to have it specifically marked as a template in order to use it as one.

The only difference between a normal job and a template job in VirtualBoss is that template jobs are hidden from all lists and reports. This is done to ensure there are no changes made to them accidentally. Important: Template Jobs are also hidden on the Job List by default!! If you need to edit them, you'll need to check Show template jobs at the bottom of the Job Manager. If you want to edit tasks in a template job, you'll need to uncheck the Template Job checkmark for that job so you can view your tasks again.

We recommend to only use the Template Job option on jobs you know are as perfect as you can make them and that require as little modification as possible. Otherwise, it's usually easier to leave them as normal jobs for quicker access.