Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing a Gantt chart view
PRACTICE FILES Before you can complete the exercises in this chapter, you need to copy
the book’s practice files to your computer. A complete list of practice files is provided in
“Download the practice files” at the beginning of this topic. For each exercise that has a
practice file, simply browse to where you saved the book’s practice file folder.
IMPORTANT If you are running Project Professional with Project Web App/Project Server, take
care not to save any of the practice files you work with in this topic to Project Web App (PWA). For
more information, see Appendix C, “Collaborating: Project, SharePoint, and PWA.”
Customizing a Gantt chart view
The Gantt chart became a standard way of visualizing schedules when, in the early 20th
century, American engineer Henry Gantt developed a bar chart showing the use of
resources over time. For many people, a Gantt chart is synonymous with a project’s
schedule or plan and is a popular and widely understood representation of schedule information
throughout the project management world. In Project, the default view is dominated by a
Gantt chart. You are likely to spend a lot of your time in this view when working in Project.
TIP By default, when you create a new plan Project displays a split view named Gantt with
Timeline. However, you can change this setting to display any view you want as the default
view for a new plan. On the File tab, click Options. In the Project Options dialog box, click
General. In the Default View box, click the view you want. The next time you create a new
plan, the view you have chosen will appear.
A Gantt chart view consists of two parts: a table on the left and a bar chart on the right.
The bar chart includes a timescale band across the top that denotes units of time. The bars
on the chart graphically represent the tasks in the table in terms of start and finish dates,
duration, and status (for example, whether work on the task has started or not). On a Gantt
chart, tasks, summary tasks, and milestones all appear as Gantt bars or symbols, and each
type of bar has its own format. Whenever you work with Gantt bars, keep in mind that
they represent tasks in a plan. Other elements on the chart, such as link lines, represent
relationships between tasks. You can change the formatting of almost any element on a
Gantt chart.
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