Chapter 11

Making Your Project Look Good

In This Chapter

Showing the critical path in Gantt Chart view

Changing the look of task bars

Giving your Gantt chart a new style

Formatting Network Diagram task boxes

Modifying the layout of a view

Changing the gridlines in a view

Adding graphics to your project

An old chestnut would have you believe that clothes make the man. Well, in the same spirit, sometimes the look of your schedule makes the project. Having a project that looks good serves two purposes. One, it impresses people with your professionalism (sometimes to the point where they’ll overlook a little cost overrun); second, it allows people looking at your project both on-screen and on hard copy to easily discern what the different boxes, bars, and lines indicate.

Project uses default formatting that’s pretty good in most cases. However, if you have certain company standards for reporting — say, representing baseline data in yellow and actual data in blue, or more frequent gridlines to help your nearsighted CEO read Project reports more easily — Project has you covered.

Whatever you need, Project provides tremendous flexibility in formatting various elements in your plan.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Microsoft has decided to capitulate to the artist in all of us by allowing you to modify shapes, colors, patterns, and other graphic elements in your Project plans. This gives you great flexibility in determining how your plan looks.

When you print Project views (covered in ...

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