Changing Individual Task/Milestone Properties (Color, Shapes, etc.) for Version 6.0
- 1 Changing Individual Task/Milestone Colors
- 2 Changing Individual Task/Milestone Shapes
- 3 Changing Individual Task/Milestone Fill Patterns
- 4 Changing Individual Task/Milestone Borders
- 5 Changing the Font of Task/Milestone Labels
- 6 Changing the Text Position of Tasks/Milestone Labels
- 7 Editing the Task/Milestone Label Text
- 8 Related Links
Changing Individual Task/Milestone Colors
1) The ability to use color to represent various kinds of information about a task or milestone in OnePager is a powerful communications tool. When you manually change the color of a task/milestone, we say that you are creating a color maverick.
Changing Colors using the Ribbon
2) The easiest way to change a color is to select one or more tasks/milestones (See the article at this link: Selecting Tasks/Milestones for Editing), and then use the color-changer (paint bucket icon) control shown below:
3) Clicking the color-changer control will bring up the Color Chooser form from which you can select an alternative color for the selected tasks/milestones.
Changing Colors Using the Format Selection
4) You can also right click on a task/milestone to change colors.
- a) Right clicking any selected task/milestone will bring up a shortcut context menu that looks like this:
- b) The color and other controls pertaining to tasks/milestones are contained in the Format… command shown above.
- c) When accessed, the Change Marker Properties form will appear as shown below:
- d) Click the Color dropdown button which brings up the Color Chooser form shown here:
- e) Selecting the new color will reset the color shown in the Color window of the Change Marker Properties form.
- f) Or, if you want to use a color that is not shown, click the More colors… button to bring up the standard Microsoft Color-definition form:
- g) After selecting an existing or newly defined color in this manner, all the selected shapes will now have the new color.
- h) Once you are satisfied with the color of the selected tasks/milestones, click in any blank space in the graph area to deselect all selected tasks/milestones.
Using a Different Color Palette
5) To have a larger set of colors to choose from, you can switch among several predefined color palettes of 24 colors each or you can create your own custom palettes.
- a) Whenever you are changing the color of a task/milestone, you can always choose to select the new color from any of the existing color palettes.
- b) To do this, click the paint bucket’s dropdown tab on the Home tab which will activate the Color Chooser form.
- c) From this point, click the Choose color from palette: dropdown list and a selection of other color palettes will appear as shown below:
Using the No Fill Option of the Color Chooser on Task/Milestone Fill Colors
6) In addition to the various colors available and color palettes available, the No Fill option in the Color Chooser form enables you to remove all color and leave the task or milestone as a transparent shape with a border.
Turning On the No Fill Checkbox
- a) For example, the portion of the project view shown below has one task selected with a right click using the Format… command. Further, selecting the Color dropdown button reveals the Color Chooser form. Note the No Fill checkbox shown below:
- b) Checking the No Fill checkbox and clicking OK in the Change Marker Properties form will remove the color and display the selected task as shown below:
- c) Since a color was changed for a task, OnePager will also add a legend item reflecting the no fill pattern for the task. Manual legend item text update of this added legend item is recommended.
- d) The feature shown above yields the best results when the task’s fill pattern is originally flat and the background color for the project view is solid.
- e) Reversing the process and unchecking the No Fill checkbox will require you to select a color before the Color Chooser form will close and display the selected task in the selected color.
7) This option is useful when using deadlines or endpoints and you want to put emphasis on those decorations as opposed to the task graphic itself.
No Fill Example
8) Take the example below of two tasks with several endpoints:
9) To just put emphasis on the endpoints, apply the No Fill checkbox on the task’s color to get the result shown below:
Turning Off the No Fill Check box
10) When the No Fill checkbox is checked for a task/milestone, the process of turning the No Fill function off by unchecking the No Fill checkbox requires three steps.
- (1) First, select the task/milestone then navigate to the Color Chooser form displaying the No Fill checkbox as shown below:
(2) Second, uncheck the No Fill checkbox. The result will be that the No Fill checkbox is cleared but the Color Chooser will not close as shown here:
- (3) The last step is to select a color in the Color Chooser for the selected task/milestone. This action tells OnePager what color to replace the No Fill condition and will cause the Color Chooser to close. In the example below, red was selected, the Color Chooser closed, and the user then clicked OK in the Change Marker Properties form with this result:
Changing Individual Task/Milestone Shapes
11) To change the shape (i.e. the specific symbol) of an individual task or milestone, select the task/milestone by right clicking and select the Format… command.
12) When the Change Marker Properties form appears, click the Shapes dropdown. This will show the shape choices as shown below:
13) As an alternative, after you select the desired task or milestone, click the Format… button as shown below:
- a) Clicking the Format… button also brings up the Change Marker Properties form. If you want to change the shape of the selected task to something different from a rectangle go ahead and select the desired shape from the dropdown menu. If you select the double pointed rectangle as shown below, when you click OK the selected task will look like this:
- b) If multiple tasks/milestones are selected, the desired shape change will be applied to all selected tasks/milestones. When you manually change the shape for one or more selected tasks/milestones, you are creating a shape maverick.
- c) If you wish to change the global default shape (as opposed to making shape mavericks) please go see one of the following article:
|Editing with the Project-View Properties form (Portal)|
Changing Individual Task/Milestone Fill Patterns
14) To change the fill pattern of an individual task/milestone, select the task/milestone with a right click and select the Format… command.
15) When the Change Marker Properties form appears, click the Fills dropdown button. This will show the fill pattern choices as shown below:
- a) If we apply the flat Fill pattern to the selected task as in the previous example above, the selected task might look like this:
- b) As also discussed above, you can get to the Change Marker Properties form by clicking the Format… button.
- c) If multiple tasks/milestones are selected, the desired fill pattern change will be applied to all selected tasks/milestones. When you change the fill pattern of a selected task or tasks, you are creating a fill maverick.
- d) If you wish to change the global default fill pattern (as opposed to making fill mavericks), please read this article: Editing with the Project-View Properties form (Portal) .
Changing Individual Task/Milestone Borders
Changing Task/milestone Borders
16) For both task and milestones, you have control over three properties of the tasks/milestone’s borders:
- (1) color,
- (2) width, and
- (3) style.
17) To change the border properties of an individual task/milestone, select the task/milestone with a right click and select the Format… command. When the Change Marker Properties form appears, go to the Borders group of controls on the right side of the form. The control over border properties is shown below:
- a) If we apply the Dash-dot-dot border style pattern to the selected task as well as change the border color to black and increase the border width to 3, the selected task might look like this:
- b) As discussed above, you can get to the Change Marker Properties form by clicking the Format… button.
18) If multiple tasks/milestones are selected, the desired task/milestone border property changes will be applied to all selected tasks/milestones.
19) Changing the border properties of one or more selected tasks/milestones creates a border maverick.
20) The initial border default setting is for the task/milestone border to be the same color as the task/milestone color, have a border width of one (1), and a border style of solid.
Using the No Border Option
21) OnePager can assign colors to the borders of tasks and milestones. This permits you to use the No Border feature in the Color Chooser for borders to eliminate the border.
22) Using the previous project view, you can do the following to hide the border with the No Border option as follows:
- a) Below is a portion of a project view where we’ve increased the border width to 3 to accent the task/milestone borders:
- b) Select the task/milestone with a right click and select the Format… command. This will take you to the Change Marker Properties form where you will see a Border Color dropdown button.
- c) Click the Border Color dropdown button to reveal the Color Chooser form for borders as shown below:
- d) Checking the No Border checkbox then clicking OK will eliminate the selected task/milestone’s border and show this result:
23) The process can be easily reversed by unchecking the task/milestone’s No Border checkbox.
Changing the Font of Task/Milestone Labels
24) There are several ways to change the font type, size, or color of one or more selected tasks/milestones labels. When you change the font properties for a selected task/milestone label, you are creating a font maverick.
Use the Home Tab
Increase/decrease Font Size by One Point.
- a) After selecting a task/milestone, click the decrease font size or increase font size button in the Font group on the Home tab. Each click will change the font size of each selected task/milestone by one point. Once you have the fonts sized as you want them, click in any blank space in the graph area to deselect all selected tasks/milestones.
Change to a Specific Font Size
- b) Change the number in the font size dropdown box shown below:
Change to a Specific Font Style
- c) Choose a different font style from the dropdown box shown below:
Change the Font Color
- d) Choose a different font color by clicking the font color button shown below:
Use the Context Menus
25) Alternatively, right clicking any one of the selected tasks/milestones to bring up a context menu as described above.
- a) Next, click the Format… command which brings up the Change Marker Properties form. Select the Task Labels tab (or the Milestones tab) and go to the Label font dropdown button as shown below:
- b) Clicking the dropdown control as show above shows the Font properties form where all task/milestone label font property controls are located. You may then select font style, color of text, font size, and control whether the text is Bold, Italic, or Underline.
- c) The Font properties form is standard throughout OnePager for controlling text font properties.
- d) Note the button labeled Use Label Defaults. Clicking this button causes all the task/milestone’s properties, including font size, to adhere to the global default task label settings, and will return any task label mavericks to the global defaults.
26) If you wish to change the global default font (as opposed to making font mavericks), please go see one of the following article:
|Editing with the Project-View Properties form (Portal)|
Changing the Text Position of Tasks/Milestone Labels
27) You can specify where the task or milestone label is positioned in one of nine positions relative to the task/milestone shape itself:
- (1) left,
- (2) right,
- (3) best fit left/right,
- (4) above,
- (5) below,
- (6) over the task/milestone,
- (7) fit inside the task/milestone,
- (8) in a comment box, or
- (9) hidden.
28) When you change the position of the label of an individual task/milestone we say that you are creating a text position maverick.
29) Once you have a selection, you can change the text position of all selected tasks/milestones in one of several ways:
Use the Home Ribbon
- a) On the One Pager Home tab’s Position group, click one of the following buttons: text to the right, text to the left, the text centered, text above, or text below as shown below:
Use the Context Menus
- b) Alternatively, right click any tasks/milestones to bring up a context menu as described previously.
- c) Next, click the Format… command to bring up the Change Marker Properties form.
- d) Select the Task Labels tab and then click the Label Position dropdown as shown for a task/milestone below:
30) If you wish to change the global default text position (as opposed to changing text positions manually), please go see one of the following article:
|Editing with the Project-View Properties form (Portal)|
Editing the Task/Milestone Label Text
31) You can replace the imported task name from your Microsoft Project or Microsoft Excel sourceplan with a shorter or more descriptive label without affecting the name in the original Microsoft Project or Microsoft Excel source plan.
- a) To do this, just double click the task/milestone and enter the desired task/milestone label in the box that appears as shown below:
- b) OnePager will display the new edited task/milestone label in all snapshots of the project view.
32) Alternatively, you can right click the task/milestone to display the context menu shown below:
- a) Click the Edit task name… command which brings up same the Enter text form as shown above.
- b) Make the desired edit to the task/milestone label text and click OK.