Layout Options for Gantt Views

Edited: July 24th 2019

The layout sheet allows you to configure varioous parameters for the Gantt, WBS, Network and Task/Resource usage views:

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General

  • Show bar splits

    Toggle this flag to show the splits in split tasks. When off split tasks will be shown as normal tasks.

  • Font

    The default font used in the view.

  • Background Color

    Set the background color of the window.

  • Snap to calendar

    When this is set, the task bars will be rounded to the nearest date. If it is not set the tasks wiil be drawn according to the task calendar. This flag applies to the tasks definition using the "drawing" functions.

Guides

  • Snap to calendar

    When this is set, the task bars will be rounded to the nearest date. If it is not set the tasks wiil be drawn according to the task calendar. This flag applies to the tasks definition using the "drawing" functions.

  • Outlines

    Specify the outline line style. Outlines can be switched ON or OFF using the Outlines Visible flag.

  • Selection

    Applies to the selection rectangle denoting the hierarchical selection. Allows you to select line style, interior of selected region and inner offset from the selected item. Use the Visible to show the selection.

  • Row Selection

    Applies to the selection rectangle. Allows you to select line style, interior of selected region. Note that the colow of the row selection best be transparent. Use the Visible to show the selection.

  • Rubberbanding

    The parameters are similar to selection. They are included to visually separate "Selecting" from "Selection".

  • Show grid

    If "No", all gridlines are invisible, irrespective of their state specified in Display Options > Gridlines

Rollups

The rollup feature is simple, yet more powerful than rollup functions in other Gantt programs. Appart from the compatible standard operations of MS Project, one can control the rollup of a specific tasks or set of task using direct modification of the each task Rollup flag. One may choose to rollup task to the parent of its immediate summary and prevent the rollup to appear in the later.

The flag Hide rollups when summary expanded works on its own and is independent of wheather or not the Show rollups in summary is checked.

Tip

It is best to use color with transparency for the interior of the rollup task bars, so that rollups emphasize how they stack up on a summary.

Summaries

  • Hide rollups when summaries are expanded

    Rollup Gantt Bars

  • Show outline buttons

    Similar outline buttons as in the data grid are shown next to each summary.

  • Show outline labels

    Shows the outline number next to the outline button.

  • Show summary items

    If "No" summary items are hidden.

Task Paths

There are four options to display task paths eminating from a selected task:

  • Show Predecessor Paths

    Show all direct or indirect predecessors which precede the selected task, such that each predecessor is on a direct path to the selected task.

  • Show Successors Paths

    Show all direct or indirect Successors which follow the selected task, such that each successor is on a direct path from the selected task.

  • Show Driving Predecessor Paths

    Show all direct or indirect predecessors which precede the selected task, such that each predecessor is on a direct path to the selected task and a change in the start finish or duration of predecessor tasks will lead to change of schedule of tasks in the paths that the predecessor is on.

  • Show Driven Successor Paths

    Show all direct or indirect Successors which follow the selected task, such that each successor is on a direct path to the selected task and a change in the start finish or duration of successor tasks will lead to change of schedule of tasks in the paths that the successor is on.

If any of the above options is on, then selecting a task will display the respective task paths in different color.

Note: To enable display of task paths, one must define the respective gantt bars in the Gantt bar editor, as it is possible that gantt bars for task paths may not be defined in the gantt view in use. For example, if you use a view from .mpp file, task path bars may not have been defined as MS Project only saves some bar styles to .mpp files if they have been used. Some of the predefined views available in Project Viewer Lite already have definitions for task paths. (see Graphic Views)


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