GRIDLINES, SHADING, AND DATELINES

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GRIDLINES, SHADING, AND DATELINES

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APPLIES TO: GANTT CHART

In addition to formatting the entire Gantt chart, you can optimize the look of your chart by special formatting options designed to draw attention to specific tasks.

GRIDLINES

Gridlines are the horizontal lines on a chart that delineate boundaries. You can display horizontal gridlines for the task and resources section of your chart, as well as the timeline sections of your gantt chart. For the task section, you can display gridlines for any or all of the three levels of tasks.

To add gridlines in your Gantt chart, you can right click in the column header, and in the Tasks Area Options dropdown menu, check the box for the gridlines you wish to appear. You can also do this in the View tab of Format Task Pane. You can customize the look of the gridlines in the Style tab of the Format Task Pane.  Separators are similar to gridlines but will add a line to a specific row. To add a separator line, right click the task and click the Show Separator box in the floating menu.

 

SHADING

There are three mutually exclusive options for shading:

1.Automatic Horizontal Shading - Automatic shading of alternate (zebra) tasks based on any level in your task list.  Task zebra shading is horizontal, based on task level. To turn on automatic shading, go to the Format task pane, View tab, and in the Gridlines and Shading section, check the appropriate task level(s) you wish to shade. To change the color of the shade, go to the Style tab, Tasks section and change the default color of the shade. To change this color for all charts, go to the Preference Manager.

2.Automatic Vertical Shading - Automatic shading of alternate (zebra) time periods based on any level in your header  (years, quarters, months, weeks, days, and weekends). Period zebra shading is vertical, based on period. To turn on automatic shading, go to the Format task pane, View tab, and in the Gridlines and Shading section, check the appropriate period(s) you wish to shade. To change the color of the shade, go to the Style tab, Timeline section and change the default color of the shade. To change this color for all charts, go to the Preference Manager.

3.Date and Row Shading - Adding a vertical shade manually to a specified location in your timeline area. To insert a shade, right click where you wish to insert it, and choose Insert Shade. You can resize the shade, add text to the shade, and move the shade. To change the color of manual shades in your Gantt chart, go to the Style tab of the Format Task Pane and edit the color for Date Shading.  You can also choose to shade individual rows (horizontal). To shade an individual row, right click the row and select a background color dropdown in the floater menu.

 

DATELINES

You may add an unlimited number of datelines to your chart. To add a dateline, right click anywhere in the timeline area, and choose Insert Dateline. Right click on the dateline to edit the color, style, and thickness, and markers of the line. To change the default for all datelines in your chart, edit the default style in the Style tab of the Format Task Pane. To change the dateline format for all charts, go to the Preference Manager.