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Showing Deadlines on a Gantt Chart

How to create a Gantt Chart that shows key project deadlines using OnePager Pro

It goes without saying that hitting (or missing) deadlines is a key indicator of project success. Because of this, you should always show deadlines when presenting your project to your team. Microsoft Project by itself doesn't do a great job of showing deadlines visually, but you can overcome this with OnePager Pro.

OnePager Pro presentation software creates timelines and Gantt charts that can show each project deadline on your Gantt chart, so it's easy for everyone to understand. You can download a free trial of OnePager Pro and follow along with this short tutorial:

  1. Start with a Microsoft Project plan, which contains a few deadlines. Notice how hard it is to see the missed deadline in Microsoft Project:
    Microsoft Project plan with deadlines. By the way, you can use "Flag 20" to filter your project plan before creating your report.
  2. Start OnePager by double-clicking the OnePager Pro icon on your desktop. From the Start screen that appears, choose New.
    OnePager Pro Start screen.
  3. Choose your Microsoft Project plan as the source file for your OnePager Gantt chart.
    OnePager Pro source file selection.
  4. When the import wizard appears, give your project report a name, and a status date as shown below:
    OnePager Pro's easy import wizard creates Gantt charts and timelines in seconds.
  5. OnePager Pro comes pre-loaded with a standard template that has been preconfigured for deadline reporting. Under Starting Template click Change..., then go to BROWSE..., and then look in the Templates folder of your OnePager files for Deadline View.tat.
    OnePager Pro's easy import wizard creates Gantt charts and timelines in seconds.
  6. Click the Create new project view button to build your Gantt chart, complete with deadline tracking:
    OnePager Pro's easy import wizard creates Gantt charts and timelines in seconds.

OnePager's deadline template automatically shows your deadlines as downward-pointing arrows, though you can customize this to any other symbol if you want. Notice how the delayed deadline is automatically colored red to help it stand out. You can set up your own rules for how deadlines should look when they are on track versus when they have been missed.

OnePager Pro is the easiest way to track project deadlines on a timeline or Gantt chart without having to be an expert in Microsoft Project, or drawing project reports by hand in PowerPoint.

Get started today by downloading a free trial or attending one of our demonstration webinars.

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