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Chapter 1. Introduction to the Project I... > Examining the Gantt Chart View

Examining the Gantt Chart View

The Gantt Chart view for most users is the single most used view in Microsoft Project. It provides a clean, timescaled view of the project tasks. The Gantt Chart view provides the best place to graphically see how tasks line up over time.

Looking at the Gantt Chart

You can get to the Gantt Chart view in two ways. The first is to click on the View menu and select Gantt Chart from the menu.

The second is to click Gantt Chart on the View bar.

The Table (or Sheet) area gives the user access to basic data about the tasks in the project, such as the task name, the start and finish dates, and the duration. The sheet can be customized to include more data.

The Chart area of the view shows how the tasks fall across the timescale. This timescale can be customized depending on the size of the project.

The Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons provide an easy way to change the timescale when trying to see more or less of a project across time.

Just to the right of the zoom buttons is the Go To Selected Task button, which moves the view on the timescale to show the currently selected task.


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