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Changing the timescale
I wish I could tell you that Project actually lets you change time and give your
project lots more of it, but it doesn’t. What it does allow you to do is modify
the timescale to display your plan in larger or smaller time increments.
A timescale consists of a possible total of three tiers, as you can see in Figure
2-8. You can use them to display different time increments. For example, the
top tier could mark off months, while the middle tier marks off weeks, and
the bottom tier marks off days. This variety of detail lets you easily observe
overall task length as well as points in time during the life of the task. You can
use all three tiers, only the middle tier, or the middle and bottom tiers.
Figure 2-8:
The
timescale is
comprised
of three
tiers, so you
can view
time from
several
directions.
You can modify the units of time and the alignment of each tier and also
include tick lines to mark the beginning of each increment on the timescale.
You also have the option to include or not include nonworking time on the
timescale. For example, if you include an indication of nonworking time on a
project for which weekends are nonworking, Saturdays and Sundays are
indicated by a shaded area in the display, which can make a useful visual divider
between weeks.
You can also display text labels near taskbars and change what data is
included. Labels can be placed above, below, inside, or to the left or right of
the taskbars. Especially in projects where you display many columns of data
and a lengthy schedule, a taskbar can be placed far to the right of the sheet
pane data. You can then include information, such as task name or start date,
alongside the taskbar to help you read your plan more easily.
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