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Gantt Bar Styles

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Note: You can configure the bar styles on a Gantt Chart by selecting the context sensitive menu Gantt Settings > Bar Styles

You can use the Bar Styles dialog box to customize the appearance of all Gantt bars that meet the specified conditions related to the type of information the bar represents. You can:

  • Change the look of a type of Gantt bar, including color, shape, pattern, start shape and color, and end shape and color.
  • Adjust the range of dates each bar represents.
  • Change the information and position of text for a type of Gantt bar.
  • Create a new Gantt bar for a particular category of task. You can display up to four rows of bars for each task.
Bars are drawn in the order they are listed in the table, starting at the top. Make sure that any overlapping bars are listed in the proper order so that the ones you want on top are drawn last. Use the Cut Row and Paste Row buttons to rearrange bars in the Gantt bar definition table.

Use bar styles from Project

By default LiveProject will use the bar styles specified by project being viewed. To customize the styles yourself, uncheck the 'Use bar styles from Project' checkbox.

Save as Default

Allows you to save the current styles as the default user defined styles.

Reset to Default

Loads the default bar style settings.

Gantt Bar Definition Table

Name

Shows the name of the Gantt bar. To add or change a name, click in the entry bar above the Gantt bar definition table, and then type or edit the bar name. If you print the Gantt Chart view, this name is used in the Gantt Chart view's printed legend. If you do not include a name for the bar, or if you type an asterisk (*) in front of the name, the bar is not displayed in the legend.

Appearance

Shows the current width, color, and pattern for each bar. You can change these elements on the Bars tab below the Gantt bar definition table.

Show For...Tasks

Shows the category of task the Gantt bar represents, for example, critical tasks or in-progress tasks. To create or change the task category for the selected Gantt bar, click in the field, click the down arrow, and then select the conditions you want the bar to represent.

You can combine multiple task categories for a Gantt bar, such as critical tasks that are marked and in progress. When you combine multiple categories, bars are drawn only for tasks that match all the types specified.

Row

Shows the vertical position in which the bar appears on the Gantt Chart. You can show up to four rows, or bars, for each task. If bars have different row numbers, they are displayed in a vertical stack in relation to one another. Row 1 is the top row in the stack, and row 4 is the bottom row.

To enter or change the vertical position of a bar, click in the field, click the arrow, and then click 1, 2, 3, or 4.

If bars have the same row number, they are drawn in the same row and might overlap. The first one listed in the Gantt bar definition table is the first one drawn, and therefore can be obscured by another bar further down the table.

From and To

Show the date, percentage, or duration field that represents the beginning and end points for the selected Gantt bar. To enter or change the contents of the From or To field, click in the field, click the arrow, and then click the name of the field you want for the beginning or end point of the selected Gantt bar.

Row Buttons

Allows you to add/delete and re-order the bar style rows. You can also move rows up and down using the green arrows to the left of the table.

Cut Row

Removes the selected row from the Gantt bar definition table and temporarily stores it so it can be pasted.

Paste Row

Inserts the last row you cut from the Gantt bar definition table (using the Cut Row button) above the selected row.

Insert Row

Adds a blank row in the Gantt bar definition table above the selected row.

Delete Row

Delete the selected row.

Bars Tab

Start/End  Sections

Shape  Indicates the shape of the symbol at the beginning/end of the selected bar. Click the arrow to add or change the beginning/end shape. If you want no symbol at the beginning of the bar, click the first option.

Type    Indicates the border style of the shape to be displayed at the beginning/end of the selected bar. Click the arrow to change the type. You can select Dashed, Framed, or Solid. For a completely solid shape with no border, click Solid.

Color   Indicates the color of the shape at the beginning/end of the selected bar. Click the arrow to change the color of the beginning shape.

Middle section

Shape    Indicates the shape of the selected bar. Click the arrow to change the bar shape. If you want no visible bar shape, click the first option.

Pattern  Indicates the fill pattern of the selected bar. Click the arrow to change the bar's fill pattern.

Color     Indicates the color of the selected bar. Click the arrow to change the bar's color.

Text Tab

Left, Right, Top, Bottom, or Inside Show the name of the field whose contents will appear in position beside or on the Gantt bar. To add or change the text to be displayed for the selected Gantt bar, click in the field representing the position you want for the text (for example, Right), click the arrow, and then click the field (for example, Cost1). All task fields, including custom fields, are listed.

You can display the contents of one field per location. For example, you can show a task's name to the left of the bar, its resource names to the right.

If you add text to the top or bottom of the Gantt bar, the row height for the corresponding task sheet increases to accommodate the additional space needed.

To remove text from a Gantt bar, click in the field and select 'None' from the dropdown list (or leave it blank).

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