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Chapter 10. Formatting and Creating Views > Working with Gantt Chart Bar Styles

Working with Gantt Chart Bar Styles

Gantt charts can be very powerful communications tools—not only for how you look at your own projects, but also for how other people see your projects in printed reports or presentations. They can help you visualize dates and communicate other information by displaying it on or around the bar itself. There is really a lot that can be done with Gantt bar styles that can make your project easier to understand. It is worth getting the basics down with the tasks that will follow and then doing some serious investigation and experimentation. Check it out and play around with the settings and variations.

Adding a New Bar Style

Click on the Format, Bar Styles menu item.

Select the row just below where you want to insert your new bar style.

Click the Insert Row button.

Enter a name for your new bar style.

Select a Show For…Tasks criteria for your bar style. To make the style dependent on several criteria, type them in separated by commas.

Select a row for your bar.

Enter From and To values.

Select a shape, type, and color for the start of your bar. You can leave these blank if your bar does not need a start shape.

Select a shape, pattern, and color for the middle of your bar.

Select a shape, type, and color for the end of your bar.

If you want to display text with your bar, click on the Text tab.

Select the position (Left, Right, Top, Bottom, or Inside) where you want your text to be displayed.

From the drop-down menu, select the field you want to display.

When you are finished, click the OK button.


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