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Using the Task Gantt Chart

When you click the gantt_button.png button to show the Gantt chart (or choose Show Gantt Chart from the Gantt menu), the Gantt tools become active. Each graphical tool has an equivalent menu item in the Gantt menu.


Gantt Settings

Click the settings icon gear_icon.png to display the Gantt Settings dialog. The configure columns tab is where you choose the fields to display on the task list. You can reorder the fields here, or simply drag and drop them on the grid.

The Gantt Settings tab is where you configure different aspects of the Gantt chart; each setting is described in the table below.


Setting Description
Gantt Date Range Select the date interval to display.
Gantt Bar Label Select a field whose value will appear as a label to the right of each bar. Use any column configured on the Gantt Columns tab.
Show % Complete based on Select any % field to display a darker shade on top of each Bar #1 to represent the % complete of that field's value. The darker shade gives each bar the appearance of a progress bar. This feature is specifically for treating the Gantt bar like a progress indicator, and can be based on any % field, in addition to Project % Complete.

Task Gantt Chart Elements

The Gantt chart represents tasks according to the following:

  • Red bars - tasks on critical path
  • Blue bars - automatically scheduled tasks (not manually scheduled, not on critical path)
  • Gray bars - manually scheduled tasks
  • Thin gray bars (appear on thick gray/thick blue bars) - complete date
  • Black diamond - milestone
  • Downward-pointing shape at begin/end - summary tasks

These elements are called-out in the screenshot below: