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Chapter 22. Formatting Views > Using the Common Format Options in the Standard ...

Using the Common Format Options in the Standard Views

Views are basically broken down into three category types: sheets, forms, and graphical views. Views of the same type share similar customizing options . Sheet and graphical views all contain gridlines; therefore, you can use the F ormat, Gridlines command to change the appearance of the gridlines in all these views. Many graphical views also contain a timescale so use the Format, Tim escale command in all these views. Use the Format, Text Styles command to change the font, size, and color of text in all views.

Unlike tables and filters (described in the previous chapter), the options on the F ormat menu do not create named objects, but only change the look of the current view. Suppose you change the timescale on the Gantt Chart to show months instead of days. Until you change the timescale again, you see this format for the timescale each time you use the Gantt Chart. However, if you switch to another view that also has a timescale (the Resource Usage view, for example), you find that the timescale in that view does not incorporate the changes in the Gantt Chart timescale, but instead reflects the way the Resource Usage view was last displayed. These changes are saved with the project file only. If you change to another project file, you won't see the formatting changes you made in other files. You can borrow settings from another file or a template called GLOBAL.MPT that stores all your default settings using the Organizer.


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