Category Archives: Microsoft Project 2013

Microsoft Project – Showing gridlines on Gantt Chart

I was asked recently how to show gridlines on a Gantt chart and not just horizontal gridlines, but vertical ones too! To show horizontal gridlines on your Gantt Chart, right click over the Gantt chart and click Gridlines. The Gridlines … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – changing size or colour of the bars of tasks in progress

Normally when you use tracking in Microsoft Project and you mark a task as being a percentage complete, you see a thin bar of a slightly darker colour on top of the bar of the relevant task on the Gantt … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – creating link lines on Gantt Chart itself

I was asked at my last Microsoft Project training session whether tasks can be linked on the Gantt Chart itself rather than in the Entry table. Although it is not my preferred way of working, it can be done. Type … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – changing colour of Deadline arrow on Gantt Chart

When you set a deadline for task in Microsoft Project, a green downwards facing arrow appears on the deadline date on the Gantt Chart. A client recently asked whether the colour could be changed – they felt that since it … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project – removing border from Text box

I was working with a client in Microsoft Project recently and we had created a text box on the Gantt Chart to put a comment in as to why a task had been delayed. I was then asked how to … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – inputting half a day of leave

When putting in holidays for individual resources, double-click on the resource name in the Resource Sheet to open the Resource Information dialog box. Click Change Working Time. On the Exceptions tab, type Half day (or equivalent). From the Start dropdown, … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – assigning work as overtime

If a resource is overallocated in a project plan within Microsoft Project, one of the ways to get round the overallocation is by assigning the work as overtime work. To assign work as overtime, from within the Gantt Chart, click … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – Flag field default change

When you use a Flag field in Microsoft Project, the default setting is N. I was asked recently if this could be changed to a blank. It can’t if you use a Flag field. However, you could instead create a … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – filtering by constraint type

I was working with a client recently and they were editing a project plan that had already been set up. It was difficult to see at a glance what constraints had been added to the various tasks. To see the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Project – Saving large plans to pdf taking too long?

I was training at client site this week and they mentioned that if they tried to use File – Save As with file type pdf or File – Export to save a large project plan as a pdf, it takes … Continue reading

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