Choosing Different Colors for Milestones and Tasks

Do you have a Gantt chart or a timeline with a mixture of tasks and milestones? Would you like to set a standard color for your milestones that is different from the standard color for your tasks?


OnePager’s conditional formatting makes this pretty easy. Just go to Home > Project View Properties > Milestones and click the Manage Rules button under Conditional Formatting. Set up two rules like this:


The first rule checks to see when the name of your task is not equal to “NoName”. Unless you have a bunch of tasks literally called “NoName,” you can be pretty confident that this rule will be true 100% of the time. In the Applies to section, we choose “Tasks” to indicate that the red color only applies to tasks.

Next, we copy the original rule, but change the Applies to section to “Milestone” and pick a different color. The same logic applies, but applies a blue color for milestones instead.

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About Safford

Safford is a versatile technology professional with a solid history of empowering emerging growth companies in a broad array of industries. His employment history includes energy industry consulting at Quorum Software, Senior Manager of Client Services and Technical Sales at telecom service aggregator GetConnected, and Vice President of Strategic Partner Management at electronic payment processor IP Commerce. Prior to his tenure as OnePager's COO, Safford was the company's Vice President of Marketing and Alliances. Safford holds a BA in Psychology and management from Rice University.

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