Displaying Only Deadlines in a Chart

Those of you who are seasoned users of OnePager know that you can show deadline markers in your OnePager chart, which appear (hopefully) to the right of your main task bars:

Traditionally, deadline symbols don’t appear without their associated task, and even if they did, their formatting options are pretty limited, since they’re not something that is controlled by conditional formatting, or even really very easy to edit by hand.

However, if all you really need to show is a deadline, there’s a neat way to substitute the deadline for the task/milestone itself, which will give you all of the editing options that you’re used to.

To do this, go to Chart Properties > Field Mappings and map OnePager’s Finish slot to the Deadline field:

You don’t need to worry about mapping other date fields, because they’re ultimately not going to matter.

Next, go to the Advanced tab and change your Task Representation to Milestone at end. This will convert your entire OnePager chart to only display milestones, and those milestones will look at the Deadline field:

The end result is a milestone chart, but those milestones are actually deadlines:

From here, you can manipulate colors, turn date labels on/off, adjust fonts, and the like.

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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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