Project Estimator Template– What is the “Estimated Hours” column for


I am trying to use the project estimator template (premium version) to estimate time spent on a past project.  I am not using it to estimate future work.

As such I don’t think the “Work Estimated” column makes sense but I am not sure what it is used for vs. the other columns (see screenshot).

When I try to just remove it I get all kinds of REFs errors.  Can someone please explain it’s use so I can decide if I need it.  And, if I don’t need it the easiest way to remove that entire column without messing up all the formulas.  If I leave it at 0 the total cost column will not calculate– it stays at 0.

Thank you,


Template ExampleExample of a column I would like to remove

Contributor Asked on December 20, 2016 in Excel Templates.
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Hi, it is required column and all the calculations are depending on the estimated hours. Please see the below explanation for each column:


Cost Estimator Excel


Keymaster Answered on December 20, 2016.
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Thank you.  I will need to then add a column for analysts if I need to have a different estimated hours from Developers.  Correct?

For example in your image the formula will use the estimated hours for both developers and analysts but if you have a different number of estimated hours for analysts then you need to add a new column “Estimated hours for analysts” and edit the formula to use those cells.  The template as is assumes you need the exact same number of hours for both.



Contributor Answered on December 20, 2016.
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Yes, you need to have additional column for your requirement. Also change the formulas accordingly.


Keymaster Answered on December 21, 2016.
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