Showing resource names on critical path (Microsoft Project 2010)

When I am working in Microsoft Project, I like to see the resource names of those doing the tasks on the Gantt Chart itself.

I also like to see my critical path, shown as red bars. To do this in Microsoft Project 2010, on the Gantt Chart Tools Format tab, in the Bar Styles group, click the Critical Tasks check box. The tasks that are critical to the project being completed on time now have their bars shown in red.

I then started assigning resources to tasks, only to find that resource names were shown next to non-critical tasks, but not by critical tasks, which rather surprised me!

To remedy this, on the Gantt Chart Tools Format tab, in the Bar Styles group, from the Format dropdown, click Bar Styles. The Bar Styles dialog box will be displayed.

In the Name box, scroll down to where it says Critical, then click the Text tab towards the bottom of the dialog box.

Click in the Right box, then from the dropdown at the right, select Resource Names. Click OK.

All tasks, to which resources have been allocated, will now have Gantt Chart bars with resource names at the right.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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6 Responses to Showing resource names on critical path (Microsoft Project 2010)

  1. Damien says:

    Thank you! This was exactly what I was looking for. You are a star!

  2. jdonbavand says:

    I’m glad you found it useful.

  3. M Hughes says:

    Finally! I’ve been using MS Project for many years and the 2010 version always baffled me when I’d select the entire document and format the bar text and dates the way I want them, then I’d change a date when rescheduling and all the critical path item labels would go away, over and over! Not sure why MS makes these “improvements” hiding things so deep that it is not common sense. Got it fixed now though thanks to your post.

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  5. TT says:

    Cool…straight to the point and was useful !

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