Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Layout Type
Diagram Options area
Controls the background color and
pattern for boxes as well as how
page breaks and progress on tasks
are indicated.
Gantt Chart
Style of lines indicating
dependency links.
Date Format
Modifies the format of the date used
to label taskbars.
Bar Height
Sets the height of taskbars in points.
Always Roll up
When checked, taskbar details roll
Gantt Bars
up to the highest-level summary
Round Bars to
When you have portions of days,
Whole Days
allows bars to represent the nearest
whole-day increment.
Show Bar Splits
When a task includes a period of
inactivity, that task can be shown as
split into different parts over time.
Show Drawings
When you include drawings, they
are displayed on-screen and in the
Now that you’ve seen the many options available for modifying view layouts,
I have some advice: Stick with default settings unless you have a specific
reason to make a change (such as when you want to highlight certain types
of information for a project presentation). When you don’t need that layout
change anymore, go right back to the default settings. Or, if you want to make
changes, make them globally across your organization and stick to them.
That makes it much easier for those reading your project plan to interpret
the different kinds of information presented in views. Generally speaking, if
you tinker too often with the way Project displays information, it just makes
your own learning curve steeper — and confuses those who know Project’s
default settings.
One other change that you can make to your overall interface is to create
a custom Project Guide. You do this by providing an XML file with custom
content. For example, you might add to the four Guide sections of Tasks,
Resources, Track, and Report another section titled Accounting that provides
links to accounting codes and procedures within your organization. See
Chapter 17 for more about this procedure.
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