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Customizing a Gantt chart view
The default formatting applied to a Gantt chart view works well for onscreen viewing,
sharing with other programs, and printing. However, you can change the formatting of
almost any element on a Gantt chart. There are three distinct ways to format Gantt bars:
▪ Quickly apply predeined color combinations from the Gantt Chart Style group, which
you can see on the Format tab when a Gantt chart is displayed.
▪ Apply highly customized formatting to Gantt bars in the Bar Styles dialog box, which
you can open by clicking the Format tab when a Gantt chart is displayed, and then, in
the Bar Styles group, clicking Format, Bar Styles. In this case, the formatting changes
you make to a particular type of Gantt bar (a summary task, for example) apply to all
such Gantt bars in the Gantt chart.
▪ Format individual Gantt bars directly. The direct formatting changes you make have
no effect on other bars in the Gantt chart. You can double-click a Gantt bar to view
its formatting options, or, on the Format tab in the Bar Styles group, click Format, Bar.
For more information, see Chapter 17.
The scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, you are almost done with planning the new book
launch project and the team is about to commence work. The plan you developed is
getting broader exposure inside Lucerne Publishing, and you want to format the plan
to highlight a key milestone. You also want a few other details from the plan to visually
In this exercise, you change the formatting of different elements in a Gantt chart view.
SET UP You need the Simple Formatting_Start file located in your Chapter07 practice
file folder to complete this exercise. Open the Simple Formatting_Start file, and save it as
To begin, you will view the Gantt bar for a manually scheduled task. Then you will adjust the
colors of the Gantt bars and milestones in the chart portion of the Gantt Chart view, and
see how a manually scheduled task’s Gantt bar is formatted.
In the Task Name column, click the name of task 9, Prepare book P&L statement .
On the Task tab, in the Editing group, click Scroll to Task .
TIP You can accomplish the same thing by right-clicking the task name and, in the
shortcut menu that appears, clicking Scroll To Task.