OnePager 6.0: Additional Text Columns

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of articles that cover the major highlights of our new OnePager 6.0 release. As with all OnePager releases, we’ve made hundreds of improvements–both big and small–but this series will focus on the major themes that are most important to our customers.

The first major upgrade in OnePager 6.0 is the ability to display multiple columns of text in your report. In previous versions of OnePager, users could incorporate text in their Gantt charts through the use of one swimlane column and one “row label.” We are expanding the latter category and renaming it “text columns,” allowing for an expansion to five custom text columns, plus the swimlane column, for a total of six:

These text columns support smart formatting, meaning that you’ll have control over whether to show the year in your date columns, a currency symbol in your budget columns, and how many decimals should appear for number columns.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to Home > Project View Properties > Rows/Swimlanes. Click on the Text Column Properties button:
  2. On the Custom Text Columns subform, there is a separate tab for each of the five text columns. Each tab lets you customize a separate text column.
  3. First, check the Show this box to turn on the text column you want to use. Then, click the Field dropdown to select the field from Microsoft Project or Excel that you want to use. Any field in your Excel document or MS Project file can be used as a text column, including Enterprise Custom Fields if you are using Project Server or Project Online.

  4. Depending on the type of field you select, there will be different formatting options. For example, if you select a number field, you will be able to configure decimal precision, whether to show commas, and whether add a currency or percent symbol before or after the number itself:
  5. Regardless of field type, each text column will let you customize the font, alignment, and width. Once you are finished, click OK, and OnePager will insert your text columns.

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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.

2 thoughts on “OnePager 6.0: Additional Text Columns

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for a great post! One question, the new text columns seems to be only text, do you know if further grouing will be possible at some point?


    • Any type of field from Project or Excel (text, number, date, currency, Boolean) can be used in one of these five columns to display additional data about your project. These text columns are not specifically designed to supplement swimlane groupings, though you can certainly adapt them to appear similar to swimlanes with a little custom formatting work.

      We’ve had a few customers request multi-level swimlane groupings over the years, and will add your vote to the tally.

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