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Chapter 10. Formatting and Creating View... > Working with Gantt Chart Bar Styles - Pg. 226

Formatting and Creating Views 226 The From and To fields tell Project where the bar should start and stop on the timescale. You can select from any of the date fields in Project, as well as several nondate fields such as Free Slack or % Complete. For example, the Progress bar style by default is drawn from the Actual Start date of the task to the point on the timescale to which progress has been reported on the task CompleteThrough. This allows the progress bar to visually represent how complete the task is. 5. The Bars tab controls the shape, pattern, and color of the body of the bars, as well as the start and end of the bars. 6. The Text tab allows you to display the contents of a field inside or around the bar. This can be useful for very large Gantt charts. An example of this is to have the task name displayed to the left of a bar, so that a user does not have to trace back to the table to find the name of the task. By default, the Task bar style shows the names of the assigned resources just to the right of the Gantt bar. 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