Color-Coding by a Custom Status field in Microsoft Project

Many of you already use OnePager’s conditional formatting to automatically assign colors to your charts based on Microsoft Project’s Status field. But what if you need status calculated differently than how Microsoft Project does it out of the box?

In this article, I’ll show you how to create your own custom status field in Microsoft Project, and then bring that into OnePager to drive the color-coding of your timeline.

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Using Separate Fields for Task vs. Milestone Text

When creating a chart in OnePager, we want to make sure that the audience knows what the tasks and milestones represent. This is why the labels in a chart are so important.

Most of the time, using the same text field from MS Project will suffice for both your tasks and your milestones, but there are situations where you need to label tasks one way and milestones another. In this article, we are going to discuss how you can import data from two different Microsoft Project fields so that you can use the first field to label your tasks and the second field to label your milestones.

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Endpoints: How to not lose track of dates on a timeline

Endpoints are a little-known feature of OnePager that allow you to assign special symbols to different dates in your schedule and have those symbols appear near your main task bar. Endpoints are especially useful if you have several tasks left-to-right in a timeline layout and are worried that the overlap between those tasks will mask the true start and finish dates.

Let’s start with this simple project, which is initially in a Gantt chart layout. You can see that some of the tasks are scheduled back-to-back, but that other tasks are at least partially concurrent:

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Working from home? We’ve made spare license keys easy.

Photo Credit: Doreen Salcher, Dreamstime.com

We’ve gotten a lot of questions over the last week about how OnePager plans to accommodate licenses for users that need to work remotely due to COVID-19.

If you are using the same computer that you use at work, then you should not experience any interruption as most users’ licenses do not require network connectivity or a VPN to remain active. If your company has an enterprise license that was activated on a server behind your firewall, it should also continue to remain active on that device.

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OnePager 7.0: Seeking Beta Testers

OnePager is thrilled to announce we are a few weeks away from releasing our next beta version, 7.0.0. This new release will significantly upshift the reporting capabilities of OnePager, while making the user experience easier and the outputs more visually appealing to the consumers of OnePager charts. We are now looking for “a few good PMs” to beta test the release … more on that in a moment.

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Changing Tasks to Milestones for Birds on a Wire

Many of our OnePager users like “birds on a wire” charts, which place a summary task in the background and then layer related milestones on top of the bar so that everything is in one line.

If the “birds” that are going to sit atop the “wire” are truly milestones, it’s easy. But what if the “birds” are actually tasks, and you want OnePager to display them as milestones? In other words, what if your birds on a wire chart is nothing but wires? How do you create birds when all you have are wires?

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Which Version of Project Online/Project Server Do You Use?

If your company currently uses Microsoft Project Server or Project Online, we’d like a minute of your time to understand which version of these EPPM tools you are using today, and what your plans are for the next twelve months. This helps us ensure that we place the right support resources in the right places.

We’d appreciate a minute of your time for this quick, two-question survey, which basically asks you which version of Project Server/Online you’re using now, and which version you think you’ll be using a year from now.

Take the Survey

If you only use desktop Microsoft Project, you can skip the survey, since we will be sending out something similar for you in the near future.

Hybrid Gantt Chart and Timeline Layout

Most of our users are already aware that OnePager has the ability to build charts in a Gantt chart layout with each task in its own row and in a timeline layout where multiple tasks are lined up left-to-right. What if you want a hybrid approach with portions of your chart looking like a timeline and the rest looking like a Gantt chart?

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2019 Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from the OnePager team! Our sales, support, and licensing hours for the 2018 holiday season are as follows:

  • November 27: 9a-2:30p ET
  • November 28: Closed
  • November 29: Closed
  • December 24: 9a-2:30p ET
    December 25: Closed
    December 26: Closed
    December 27: 10a-7p ET
    December 30: 10a-7p ET
    December 31: 9a-2:30p ET
    January 1: Closed

We resume our normal weekday support schedule of 9a-8p ET on January 2, 2020.

Heads Up: Rotten Office Update Headed Your Way

We have become aware of a critically-broken Office Update that Microsoft began pushing to users this past Tuesday, November 12th.

The update, once installed, will immediately break a number of key Microsoft Office features and many Office add-ins, including OnePager. It also will break any third-party applications that rely on certain Office components to be functional on your system.

In short, it is an unmitigated disaster.

To learn how this impacts your use of OnePager, read here to get more details, and to learn how to fix the issue so that your access to OnePager is not interrupted.

For more general information on the issue, since it impacts many other applications beyond OnePager, read here, and here.

In the meantime, if you have not already been hit by this update, please temporarily suspend Office Updates until Microsoft has released a fix. To turn these off, launch Excel, and go to File > Account > Update Options. Choose to Disable Updates

If Microsoft provides us with more information on how to stop this issue from happening without waiting for their next update to be pushed, we will let you know ASAP.