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I understand the concept of the baseline. But I have never been able to get the baseline to work.  

In general, I update all my tasks using the tracking tool, and then view the tracking gantt chart, but I do not see my original estimates.  Do I do this with a baseline?

RE: Baselines

You can start use the base line any time during the project. Of course the best moment is at project starts, but, anyway:

If you have the "Gantt Chart" view selected, you should be able to view the gray baseline bars above the ones that will move from now on after each update. MSProject will let you clear the baseline at any time, and even clear/set the baseline for only selected activities.

Regards, Santo.

RE: Baselines

Once you have established your baseline - see response by Santo - you can view your baseline on any task view by inserting a column selecting "baseline work".  

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