Using the Freeze Panes Feature in OnePager 5.1

OnePager Pro and Express 5.1 were designed to support large program reports across multiple pages. While the controls and methods for using multi-page features are presented elsewhere in this blog series, we want to show you here how you can improve your project view editing skills with the Freeze Panes feature.

Take the project view below as an example of a project with many tasks:

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Many people choose to zoom into a single swimlane for easier editing::

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Unfortunately, this view is missing (1) the time axis as the top and (2) the swimlanes on the left, which means we have to keep scrolling back and forth while editing to see where we are. The Freeze Panes feature is the answer to this problem.

The controls for the Freeze Panes feature are on the Page Layout tab. There are several options to select from as shown here:

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Suppose we choose to Freeze rows and swimlane labels. What this does is assures that the row and swimlane labels always appear on your screen, no matter where you scroll and how far zoomed in you are:

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If we turn on the Freeze top time axis option, then the time axis will appear, no matter where we scroll:

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The Freeze Panes feature has no impact on how the project view will appear when copied to PowerPoint or printed. The feature is simply there to make editing easier.

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About Bob Feingold

Bob is a seasoned technology and project management executive. As an Air Force Officer (Colonel) from 1965 through 1991, he served in a number of executive leadership, computer system development, and program management roles. After retirement, he joined Robbins-Gioia, Inc. as a Regional Vice President and Program Management Consultant. He then moved to state government, where he held numerous influential positions, culminating in his service as Chief Information Officer for the State of Colorado under Governor Bill Owens. Bob has a doctorate degree in Operations Research and an MBA from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

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