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Saturday, May 15, 2010

QUICK TIP: LINE UP GANTT BARS WITH THEIR TASK NAMES

Here’s an old tip that might just save you time and confusion, and it’s incredibly easy too!

The problem: the Task Name is on one side of the screen and the Gantt bar is on the other. In order to match the bar with the name, you wind up scrolling the Gantt, sometimes overshooting the bar or even losing the Gantt entirely to the timeline. See below and click on the image to enlarge it.


The answer: Format the Gantt with lines that keep the names in alignment with the bars. From the menu in Project 2007 choose Format then choose Gridlines. The “Gantt Rows” are what need to be formatted, so click on that item, the line is solid and unbroken and the color is Silver. See below and click on the image to enlarge it.


When you click on OK, the Gantt will have lines keeping the text aligned with the bar.


Try this solution and see if it doesn’t make it just a little easier to work in Microsoft Project. Then tell me what you think about it!