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Creating a Template for Microsoft Project Gantt Charts using OnePager Pro

How to share Gantt chart templates with other project managers

Recently, we published an article titled Creating a Microsoft Project Template. That article describes the approach for creating a Gantt chart template with OnePager Pro that you can use repeatedly on similar projects to make presentation quality Gantt charts. We recommend you take a look at this article.

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Once a Gantt chart template has been created, it is easy to share it with other team members and project managers from other divisions. This article provides a brief explanation on how to take a Gantt chart template you’ve created and distribute it to others.

  1. Let’s assume we have created a OnePager Pro project view with the characteristics we want by building the project view from a Microsoft Project file. Here's a quick refresher on how to build a Gantt chart using OnePager Pro. First, start with your MS Project field and use any flag column to select the tasks you want to include in the Gantt chart:
    Microsoft Project plan. OnePager Pro is a timeline tool for Microsoft Project.
  2. Next, we create our OnePager Pro project view by double-clicking the OnePager Pro icon on our desktop. From the Start screen that appears, we click New, and choose our Microsoft Project plan as the source file for our OnePager Gantt chart. This brings up the import wizard as shown below:
    Microsoft Project plan. OnePager Pro is a timeline tool for Microsoft Project. We’ve filled in the name of the project view, the “Flag” field we want OnePager Pro to use to control the importing of Microsoft Project file data, and established the first snapshot (status) date.
  3. By clicking on the Create project view button on the OnePager Pro wizard, we’ll create our first project view that will look something like this:
    Gantt chart for PPT built quickly and easily using OnePager Pro, an add-in to Microsoft Project.
  4. Now, you can make some modifications to your Gantt chart. For example, you could color-code by project phase, change fonts or backgrounds, etc.
  5. Once you like the way your Gantt chart looks, you can turn it into a template for use with future projects. Just go to Home > Copy to Template. This will create a template based on the format of your existing Gantt chart.
    Copy the settings from a OnePager Pro chart into a template for use with other projects.
  6. You will be prompted to save your template to your computer or network. Once you have done so, you can share this template with other people on your team by simply e-mailing them the file, or posting it to your SharePoint site.
    Microsoft Project plan. OnePager Pro is a timeline tool for Microsoft Project.

On the receiving end, the person wanting to use the new template copies the TAT file into their OnePager Pro Templates directory, which by default is in your file system under Documents > OnePager Pro > Templates. Once copied, the new template is available for use in building new project views.

This article reviewed the process of creating a template from a Microsoft Project file with OnePager Pro, how to export the template for others to use, and how others can import the template for use in their work. OnePager Pro provides an easy and efficient way for multiple users to share templates so that standards can be created, maintained, and used.

Using OnePager Pro will allow you to create dynamic, informative project presentations with the click of a button, and it eliminates the need to rebuild your presentation by hand every time your project schedule changes.

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