Changing the Time Axis Borders for OnePager Express for Version 6.1
- 1 Overview
- 2 Project-View Properties Form’s Formatting Control Group
- 2.1 Time Axis Borders Controls
- 2.1.1 Editing the Colors of the Top and Bottom Borders of Each Time Axis Level - Example
- 2.1.2 Editing the Width of the Borders of the Each Time Axis Level - Example
- 2.1.3 Editing the Dash Type of the Borders of the Each Time Axis Level - Example
- 2.1.4 Editing Vertical Gridlines in Each Time Axis Level - Example
- 2.2 Time Axis Background Color(s), Fill Pattern, and Size Controls
- 2.3 Time Axis Level Sub-Tabs and the Floating Time Axis
- 2.1 Time Axis Borders Controls
- 3 Editing Time Axis Format Properties in the Project View Editor
- 4 Related Links
1) As mentioned in a previous article, the Project-View Properties (PVP) form’s Time Axis tab has three (3) sub-tabs that provide controls for each Time Axis Level.
- a) Please reference the article at: Showing Different Units of Time for OnePager Express.
- b) The PVP form Time Axis tab’s three Time Axis Level sub-tabs contain essentially the same controls and look like this:
2) Within each of these sub-tabs (i.e., Top, Middle, and Bottom) there are six (6) control groups.
- (1) Show this level checkbox
- (2) Re-Order Levels
- (3) Labels
- (4) Formatting
- (5) Background Color(s)
- (6) Size
3) The controls provided in the PVP form’s Time Axis tab and the three (3) sub-tabs considered here are the same as the corresponding sub-tabs in the Template form’s Time Axis tab.
4) For completeness, the Show this level checkbox that appears in the Top, Middle, and Bottom sub-tabs of the Template and PVP form’s Time Axis tab can be used to show or hide the corresponding Time Axis Level in the project view.
- a) At least one Time Axis Level must be shown.
- b) An attempt to hide all three Time Axis Levels causes the message below to display:
5) The Re-Order Levels up and down arrows are provided so that you can exchange the location of Time Axis Levels with the up to three levels provided. Please see the article at: Switching Time Axis Levels for OnePager Express for more information on these controls.
6) The Background Color(s) control group is covered in this article: Changing the Time Axis Background Color and Fill Pattern for OnePager Express.
7) The purpose of this article is to describe the Borders and Size sub-groups and how its controls can be used for editing of the project view through the use of the PVP form and the Project View Editor.
Project-View Properties Form’s Formatting Control Group
1) The Formatting control group is made up of three (3) sub-control groups:
- a) Borders
- b) Background Color(s)
- c) Size
2) The topics of Background Color(s) and Fill Patterns are covered in a separate article at: Changing the Time Axis Background Color and Fill Pattern for OnePager Express.
3) Borders and Time Axis Level Size controls are covered in this article.
Time Axis Borders Controls
4) For each of the three Time Axis Levels there are individual Formatting control groups and sub-groups as shown here:
5) The Borders sub-group has controls for the Top border and Bottom border for each of the three Time Axis Levels with:
- a) Show lines: This is the checkboxes that turn the Border visualizations ON and OFF. The checkbox must be checked ON for the controls below the checkbox to be enabled.
- b) Color: This dropdown control provides access to the standard OnePager Pro 6.1 Color Chooser form for selecting the Border’s color
- c) Width: This dial control can be used to change the Border’s Width as measured in inches or centimeters depending on the type of Template you selected.
- d) Dash type: The Border Dash types option selector provides five (5) dash types as shown here:
6) Adjacent Time Axis Level borders (i.e., above and below) overlap between the Top and Middle Time Axis Levels and between the Middle and Bottom Time Axis Levels.
- a) The Bottom Border of the Bottom Time Axis Level overlaps with the Inner Frame border of the project view.
- b) The Top Border of the Top Time Line Axis Level overlaps with the Outer Frame border of the project view.
- c) Any Border Color selected for a Top or Bottom Border can therefore conflict with its adjacent Time Axis Level border, Inner Frame border, or Outer Frame border.
- d) As a general rule, Time Axis Level Border settings take priority over Inner and Outer Frame border color settings when you are editing the default colors for both Time Axis Level borders and Inner and Outer Frame borders.
- e) For more information on the Outer Frame border and the Inner Frame Border, please see the section at: Main Tab – Chart Background.
7) The Vertical Gridlines controls provide the means for placing vertical lines between Time Axis Cells that can be contained within the Time Axis Level, or can extend into the graph only, or can encompass both the Time Axis Level’s Cells and the graph.
8) These controls are demonstrated separately and together in the sub-sections that follow.
Editing the Colors of the Top and Bottom Borders of Each Time Axis Level - Example
9) Suppose we want to adopt different colors for the top and bottom borders of the Top Time Axis Level. This is illustrated in the following steps:
- a) Using the PVP form Time Axis tab’s Top Level sub-tab the Top and Bottom Time Axis Level borders are edited to become blue and gold respectively:
- b) Now, using the PVP form Time Axis tab’s Middle Level sub-tab you see that the gold color selection made for the Bottom border of the Top Time Axis Level is now shown in the form as the Top border of the Middle Level:
- c) At this point you can add a border color for the Bottom Border of the Middle Time Axis Level as shown below:
- d) Looking at the PVP form Time Axis tab at the Bottom Level you see that border color from the Bottom border of the Middle Level Time Axis is shown:
- e) The general rule illustrated above is that when Time Axis Levels share Borders, the last color edit made to a shared border is applied and recorded in the two participating Time Axis Levels in the PVP form’s Time Axis tab as shown here for the Middle Level Time Axis sub-tab:
Editing the Width of the Borders of the Each Time Axis Level - Example
10) The Width control for the Top Border, Bottom Border, and Vertical Gridlines are dial controls measured in font points or pixels.
11) In the illustrations above the Width dial control was increased to 3.0 to give more visibility to the Time Axis Level Top and Bottom Borders shown.
Editing the Dash Type of the Borders of the Each Time Axis Level - Example
12) The Border Dash types option selector provides five (5) dash types as shown here:
13) Using the example above, the Solid Dash types is changed to the Dash dot dot types below to illustrate the effect:
Editing Vertical Gridlines in Each Time Axis Level - Example
14) In each Time Axis Level’s Borders: sub-group is the Vertical Gridline control selection dropdown with options to show Vertical Gridlines in the Graph as well as within the Time Axis Level area or both as shown here:
- a) The default is typically In time axis and the option can be applied at any of the three Time Axis Levels as shown here for the Middle Time Axis Level and accented with wider lines for illustrative purposes:
- b) If the In chart option is selected, the Graph looks like this:
- c) If the In chart & graph option is used, the project view looks like this:
15) Caution: There are some conventions that are discussed below pertaining to using the In chart & time axis option over multiple Time Axis Levels.
- a) In the example above, Vertical Gridlines in the Graph are shared at Year, Quarter, and Month Tics where the Month corresponds to a Quarter and Year Tic boundaries.
- b) Although different colors appear at Tic intervals in each of the Time Axis Levels where the In time axis option is used, only one color, usually selected from the last Time Axis Level to apply the Vertical Gridlines In chart & time axis, is shown in the Graph where multiple Tic boundaries overlap.
- c) There is no override provision made for additional application of Vertical Gridlines using the In chart & time axis option. Care should be taken in selecting the sequence of applying Vertical Gridlines with the In chart & time axis option to achieve your specific presentation goals.
- d) When applying the Vertical Gridline In chart option, the same rule applies as discussed above for Vertical Gridline In chart & time axis.
- e) When applying the Vertical Gridlines In time axis option, the result is straight forward in that the Vertical Gridlines are made within the confines of the Time Axis Level where the option is selected.
16) The Vertical Gridlines group of controls in the Borders: sub-group of controls also has a border Width: and Dash type: set of controls which function as described above for Top and Bottom Borders within a Time Axis Level.
Time Axis Background Color(s), Fill Pattern, and Size Controls
Editing Background Color(s) and Fill Patterns
17) Using the controls for Background Color(s) and Fill Patterns is covered in this article: Changing the Time Axis Background Color and Fill Pattern for OnePager Express.
Editing Time Axis Level Heights with the Size Control
18) The Size: control sub-group allows you to set a standard Height for all Cells in each Time Axis Level in either English or Metric units depending on the type of Template being used to create the project view as shown here in inches:
- a) Increasing the Height: value makes the Time Axis Level higher as shown here where the Height: value is increased to 0.53 inches with this PVP form Time Axis tab’s Middle Level sub-tab:
- b) Making a Height: increase increases the Height: of the corresponding Floating Time Axis Level if present.
Time Axis Level Sub-Tabs and the Floating Time Axis
19) As mentioned earlier, most edits made in either the Top, Middle, and/or Bottom Time Axis Level sub-tab in the PVP form’s Time Axis tab that are applied to a Time Axis Level are also applied to the corresponding Floating Time Axis Levels.
20) For more information on the Floating Time Axis feature, please see the article at: The Floating Time Axis Feature for OnePager Express.
Editing Time Axis Format Properties in the Project View Editor
1) Unlike tasks, milestones, and Time Axis Cells, Time Axis Levels cannot be individually selected and edited separately in the project view with the Project View Editor.
2) You do, however, have access to the PVP form’s Time Axis tabs at any Time Axis Level by selecting a Time Axis Cell(s) with the right-click of the mouse to access the Time Axis context menu shown below.
3) Clicking the Time-axis properties… command in the Time Axis context menu accesses the PVP form at the Time Axis tab and the sub-tab for the Time Axis Level you selected.
- a) For example, selecting a Time Axis Level Cell from the Bottom Level and right-clicking the Cell accesses the context menu where you can then click the Time-axis properties… command shown here:
- b) Clicking the Time-axis properties… command accesses the PVP form’s Time Axis tab for the Bottom Level as shown below:
- c) By using the PVP form in this way you are able to edit the Global properties of all Time Axis Level Cells in the Time Axis Level selected. You can also use the sub-tabs in the form above to go to other Time Axis Levels, to the Calendar sub-tab or the Format sub-tab.