Highlighting Estimated Tasks

If you mark tasks as estimated in Microsoft Project, it’s a good idea to mark them as estimated in OnePager as well. This helps your audience understand that the dates in your Gantt chart aren’t firm and are subject to change:

Here’s how estimated tasks appear in Microsoft Project:

To make estimated tasks stand out in OnePager, you want to use conditional formatting, which is under Home > Project View Properties > Task Bars. Click the Manage Rules button to set up a rule that will format your estimated tasks differently:

In this example, we’ll apply a dashed red border for any tasks that Microsoft Project tell us is estimated. Here’s how your OnePager chart will look after adding the rule:

If you’re interested for a more in-depth set of instructions on how to accomplish this, read our related article on estimated tasks.

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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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