If you don't have OnePager Pro, you can download a free trial and follow these step-by-step instructions to build a magnified Gantt chart of your own:
Build a simple project plan in Microsoft Project or Excel:
We can use Flag20 to decide which tasks should be included in the Gantt chart.
Go to the Add-Ins tab of Microsoft Project or Excel, and click the OnePager button:
When the Start Screen appears, click New to build a new Gantt chart from your project plan:
On the Import Wizard, give your chart a name and double-check your other settings. Assuming everything looks good, click the Create new Chart button at the bottom:
OnePager will import your selected tasks and milestones from Microsoft Project or Excel and create a chart like the one below. Notice that the month of May is very busy and is a little hard to read in its current form. In the next steps, we'll show you how to magnify the month of May to make those activities easier to track.
Right-click on the month of May and choose Format from the context menu:
Change the Zoom from 100% to 300%. Tip: you can type in the box; you don't have to use the arrows to change the number:
In addition to increasing the magnification, we also changed the Color and the Font for the May time axis cell, which will help it stand out better in the chart.
Click OK and you'll see that the month of May is now three times wider than the other months in the Gantt chart. May is also in a bigger, bolder font, on a dark barkground to differentiate it from the other months that aren't being magnified:
For added clarity, you can highlight the entire month of May using a Curtain. To do this, right-click on May again, and choose Insert Curtain:
The curtain will highlight the month of May from top to the bottom, drawing the audience's attention to your busy period:
Curtain colors, text, and transparancy can be customized. Just double-click the curtain to change its formatting.
It's really easy to get started! The best part is that you can customize your OnePager Gantt chart to:
- Adjust the units on the time axis to show bigger or smaller timespans.
- Show or hide working or non-working time, including nights and weekends.
- Change colors, symbols, and fonts with conditional formatting.
- Automatically group tasks into one or more levels of swimlanes by phase, subproject, or any other aspect of your project.
OnePager is the easiest way to magnify different time periods in your Gantt chart. Join the thousands of people just like you who use OnePager today!
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