Change the color, shape, or pattern of Gantt bars

To call attention to task bars on the Gantt Chart, you can change their color, shape, or pattern to separate them from other bars of a similar type.

ShowChange the color, shape, or pattern of an individual Gantt bar

  1. On the View menu, click Gantt Chart.
  2. In the Task Name field, select the task whose Gantt bar you want to change.
  3. On the Format menu, click Bar, and then click the Bar Shape tab.
  4. Under Start, Middle, and End, select shapes, types or pattern, and colors for the bar.

 Notes 

  • Individual bar formatting overrides category formatting. For example, if you click Bar Styles on the Format menu and format Gantt bars for noncritical tasks as black, you can still click Bar on the Format menu and format a selected noncritical task bar as red. The Bar command only affects the bar you select.
  • Double-click the other bars to format them, being careful to point to the bars and not to the space surrounding them. If more than one bar is displayed for each task, only the topmost bar can be formatted by clicking Bar on the Format menu.
  • The formatting you apply to an individual bar cannot be copied and pasted to other projects.

ShowChange the color, shape, or pattern of a specific Gantt bar type

  1. On the View menu, click Gantt Chart.
  2. On the Format menu, click Bar Styles.
  3. In the Name field, click the type of Gantt bar (such as Task or Progress) that you want to format, and then click the Bars tab.

If the Gantt bar type doesn't appear in the table, you can create a custom Gantt bar for the type you want.

  1. Under Start, Middle, and End, click the shapes, types or pattern, and colors for the bar.

 Note   Some categories have only a start shape (such as milestone (milestone: A reference point marking a major event in a project and used to monitor the project's progress. Any task with zero duration is automatically displayed as a milestone; you can also mark any other task of any duration as a milestone.)), while others have a start shape, middle bar, and end shape (such as summary tasks (summary task: A task that is made up of subtasks and summarizes those subtasks. Use outlining to create summary tasks. Project automatically determines summary task information [such as duration and cost] by using information from the subtasks.)).

 
 
Applies to:
Project 2003