Summarize an MS Project Schedule with Virtual Summary Tasks from OnePager Pro

How to roll your Microsoft Project schedule into a simple summary-level timeline

Making professional presentations from large Microsoft Project plans is often difficult. OnePager Pro can simplify project presentations by allowing you to collapse your Microsoft Project schedule into summary tasks.

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To begin, open your Microsoft Project plan:

  1. To limit the number of tasks included in your OnePager Pro chart, use a flag column such as "Flag 20" to select the tasks or milestones you would like to present:
    Microsoft Project plan filtered for import into OnePager Pro.
  2. Now, double-click the OnePager Pro icon on your desktop. From the Start screen, choose New. Choose your Microsoft Project plan as the source file for your OnePager Gantt chart. Then, use the wizard shown below to create your Gantt chart:
    OnePager Pro's Gantt chart wizard makes it easy to summarize a Microsoft Project schedule.
  3. When you click the Create new project view button, your Gantt chart will initially look like this:
    OnePager Pro's Gantt chart wizard makes it easy to summarize a Microsoft Project schedule. This Gantt chart is too busy for a good schedule conversation. The project needs to be condensed into a higher-level summary. This is where OnePager Pro's virtual summary task is helpful.
  4. To collapse multiple MS Project tasks into a single summary, drag your mouse around a group of tasks and right-click on the selection. Choose Make into virtual summary task from the context menu:
    Collapse multiple MS Project tasks into a OnePager Pro virtual summary task.
  5. OnePager will create a virtual summary task of the tasks selected. You can crop out any unused rows to leave only the virtual summary task:
    Virtual summary task after cropping unused rows..
  6. Continue with this process until you have reduced your schedule to a smaller collection of virtual summary tasks. You can always remove blank space by going to Home > Crop, which will simplify your schedule into something like this:
    Collapse multiple MS Project tasks into a OnePager Pro virtual summary task. Note that in the final product, the project’s timeline is complete, the virtual summary tasks are large and clear, and the titles are recognizable. You can made other edits as necessary.

OnePager Pro provides you with complete flexibility to tailor a complex set of tasks and milestones into a summary form suitable for senior management presentations, discussions within the project team, or presentations to customers.


This article shows you how to create and present summary Gantt charts of large, complex projects. You can easily customize the look and feel of your presentation:

  • Group, sort and conditionally-format tasks by any field in Microsoft Project (resources phase, etc.)
  • Generate a project legend that makes it easy for your audience to understand your schedule.
  • Reposition tasks or milestones anywhere on the page with a drag and drop interface.
  • Present important project data like deadlines, percent complete, baselines, and critical path.
  • Customize the time axis to show all or part of a project, and to show any time unit (quarters, fiscal years, etc.)
  • Refresh your presentation with updated dates and task completion percentages any time your Microsoft Project plan changes.

OnePager Pro helps project and program managers conduct schedule conversations throughout a project’s lifecycle. 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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