This week, as we look at what’s new in OnePager 6.1, we’ll continue our focus on the time axis. OnePager 6.1 now supports a floating time axis, meaning that you can insert one or several time axes anywhere in your chart, instead of just at the top or bottom:
Floating time axes are especially useful for large project reports or “wall charts” where everything fits on one large page, but there is so much detail going on that an additional time axis or two serves as a good point of reference.
To create a floating time axis, right-click anywhere in empty space. When the context menu pops up, choose Insert Floating Time Axis Level:
You’ll then get a sub-menu that asks you:
- Which units you want to insert (year, quarter, month, etc.)
- Whether you want to insert the floating time axis above where your cursor is, or below.
Notice that the floating time axis is tied to a “parent” time axis level at the top, middle, or bottom of the main time axis. You can review these by going to Home > Project View Properties > Time Axis:
In this example, the Bottom Level of the main time axis is set to monthly units, so inserting a floating time axis that replicates that same bottom level would also be monthly units.
An added convenience is that the formatting of the floating time axis will always match the main time axis. So, if you change the formatting of the months on your main time axis, any floating time axes also displaying months will automatically exhibit that same formatting. This way, if you have lots of floating time axes scattered throughout your chart, you only have to adjust your formatting in one place.
One final tip is that you can show a floating time axis with certain units even if those same units are NOT displayed in the main time axis. If you scroll up to the example at the top of this article, you’ll notice that the main time axis has years and quarters, but the floating time axis is set to months.
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Home > Project View Properties > Time Axis
- Set the Top Level, Middle Level, and Bottom Levels of the main time axis to years, quarters, and months, respectively.
- Turn the Bottom Level off, by unchecking the box to Show this level. This will allow years and quarters to show, but will hide months from the main time axis:
- Now, right-click in whitespace to add a floating time axis, and add it for Month (Bottom Level).
Even though the bottom level of the time axis is turned off on the main time axis, you can still insert it anywhere else in your chart as a floating time axis!