Data-Driven Task Link Import Rules for OnePager Express for Version 7.0
- 1 Rules for Importing Data-Driven Task Links – Template Properties Form Rules
- 2 Rules for Importing Data-Driven Task Links – Chart Properties Form Rules
- 3 Rules for Showing Data-Driven Task Links
- 4 Managing Task Links in the Chart
- 5 Related Links
Rules for Importing Data-Driven Task Links – Template Properties Form Rules
The requirements for importing Data-drive Task Links before a chart is created are discussed in this article along with rules for showing Data-Driven Task Links in the chart.
The “Master” switch in the OnePager Express Template Properties form Task Link tab’s Show task links checkbox must be checked ON as shown here:
The default setting for the Show task links checkbox is checked or ON. If this checkbox is unchecked or OFF, Data-driven Task Links cannot be imported and manual Task Links cannot be created or shown. In order to import Data-driven Task Links when a chart is being created, the Import predecessors checkbox located in the Data-Driven Task Links control group of the above Template Properties form’s Task Links tab must also be checked ON as shown below:
In the Template Properties form’s Task Links tab, the Import predecessors checkbox is normally unchecked meaning that the Data-driven Task Link import feature is turned OFF. OnePager Express assumes that the Predecessors field from the Microsoft Excel source plan is used for the Data-driven Task Link information source. OnePager Express only imports predecessor data from the Microsoft Excel predecessor field. Although OnePager Express does not import Successor data from your source plan, successor information is the inverse on predecessor information found in your source plan. This approach guaranties that all your Data-driven Task Links are based on valid information from your Microsoft Excel source plan.
Rules for Importing Data-Driven Task Links – Chart Properties Form Rules
The requirements for importing data-drive Task Links after a chart is created are discussed in this sub-section. Assume for a moment that the current Template Properties form is configured in the Task Links tab such that the Show task links checkbox is checked ON, the Import predecessors checkbox is checked OFF, and the chart is created and looks like this:
In this situation, the chart above is created without the import of Data-driven Task Links thus they cannot be shown. To import and show all Data-driven Task Links, the Chart Properties form must be accessed and the Import and show links checkbox in the Data-Driven Task Links control group of the Chart Properties form’s Task Links tab must be checked ON as shown here:
When you click the Apply or OK button on the Chart Properties form, OnePager Express goes back to your source plan, imports the available Dependency information, and shows the Data-driven Task Links that comply with the show rules discussed below. The revised chart then looks like this:
At this point Data-driven Task Links can be edited by changing the show/hide status or by editing their format properties.
For more information on editing Task Links, please see the articles at: Editing Task Links with the Chart Properties Form for OnePager Express and Manual Editing of Task Links for OnePager Express
Rules for Showing Data-Driven Task Links
Rules Regarding Imported Tasks and Milestones
Although OnePager Express imports all Dependency information when the conditions stated above are met, Data-driven Task Links are not always eligible to be shown in the chart unless the conditions stated below are also met. For a Data-driven Task Link to be shown in the chart, its source plan predecessor and successor tasks must be Flagged for import by OnePager Pro. If either the source plan predecessor or successor task in the pair is not imported, OnePager Express cannot show its associated Data-driven Task Link although the Dependency information is imported.
One or both of the source plan Predecessor/Successor pair of tasks must be within the Start/Finish Date boundaries for the chart for the corresponding Data-driven Task Link to be shown. OnePager Express shows Data-driven Task Link connection lines to tasks that are outside the Start/Finish Date boundaries as long as one of the pair is within the boundaries.
Rules Regarding Hiding Predecessor or Successor Task/Milestone(s)
If you hide a predecessor or successor task bar/milestone symbol that was previously imported, the task bar/milestone symbol is hidden. Any associated Task Links (Data-driven or manual) are hidden. And the Where Are My Links? form (see the subsection following) contains an entry or entries for the associated Task Link(s) with the Show column’s checkbox unchecked. The Where’s My Stuff!? form also has an entry or entries for any of the hidden task bar/milestone symbol(s).
For more information on hiding task bars/milestone symbols and the Where’s My Stuff? form, please see the articles at: Hiding/Unhiding/Moving/Finding/Changing/Resizing Task/Milestone Shapes and Labels and Managing Hidden Tasks and Milestones Using "Where's My Stuff?!"
You are not able to check the Show checkbox for such an entry in the Where Are My Links? form to restore the Data-driven Task Link to the show status as long as its associated task bar/milestone symbol(s) remain hidden. A tool tip is provided when you hover over the Show column checkbox under these conditions.
To restore the hidden Task Link(s) to the show status you must first unhide the task bar/milestone symbol(s) by either:
- 1) Using the Where’s My Stuff!? form to unhide the hidden task bar/milestone symbol(s),
- 2) Use the OnePager ribbon’s Home tab's Show/Hide dropdown list’s Show All Task/Milestones command, or
- 3) Use the UNDO command on the OnePager ribbon if you are able.
Once the hidden task bar/milestone symbol(s) are in the show status, their Task Links are changed to the show status as well.
Managing Task Links in the Chart
After Data-driven Task Links are imported and are being shown in the chart, OnePager Express provides you a tool for managing your Task Links as described in the following subsections:
The OnePager Express Where Are My Links? Form
In OnePager Express, the Chart Properties form Task Link tab, in the Data-Driven Task Links control group there is an additional button, the Where Are My Links? button, as shown here:
The Where Are My Links? form can also be accessed from the Editing control group on the OnePager ribbon’s Home tab by clicking the Show/Hide dropdown and selecting the Where Are My Links? command as shown below:
Using either the Chart Properties form’s Task Links tab or the OnePager ribbon Home tab accesses the Where Are My Links? form shown here:
The Where Are My Links? form above lists all the Data-driven Task Links shown (or hidden) in the current snapshot as well as any manual Task Links. The Where Are My Links? form is “snapshot-dependent” in that OnePager creates the form’s content based upon the snapshot that is being displayed in the Chart Editor . At the top of the form, are controls to Filter entries showing in the form based upon task names such that only task bar/milestone symbols that meet the task name filtering rule appears in the form’s data window.
For example, if you want to show only those entries that relate to Engineering Team 2 task bar names, type the task bar name into the window provided and click the Filter button and the Where Are My Links? form looks like this:
After clicking the Filter button the entries shown in the Where Are My Links? form’s window are only those where the Engineering Team 2 task bar name appears in either a Predecessor or Successor task bar/milestone symbol name regardless of whether the Task Link is showing (or hidden). The current show/hide status is displayed in the Show column’s checkboxes. Clicking the Clear Filter button restores all the entries in the Where Are My Links? form and clears the contents of the search window.
There are four (4) columns in the Where Are My Links? form.
In the Show column (1) you can check or uncheck any entry’s checkbox to control the showing (or hiding), respectively, of the associated Task Links.
The Predecessor column (2) and Successor column (3) provide the Task/Milestone Name participating respectively in the Task Link pair. The numbers in parenthesis following the task name correspond to the Task ID for Microsoft Excel source plans.
The Source column (4) tells you which entries in the form are Data-driven Task Links (Imported) or which are manual Task Links (Manual). The four columns in the form can be sorted by clicking on the column’s header.
Sorting on the Show column means that you are sorting between checked and unchecked entries. Sorting on the Predecessor or Successor columns means that you are sorting alphanumerically on the contents of the entire field. Because of the relationship between these two columns, sorting on the Predecessor column, for example, brings along the corresponding Successor entry and vice versa. Sorting on the Source column means that you are sorting between Imported and Manual entries.
The Use Show/Hide Defaults button at the bottom of the form controls the resetting of defaults for showing (or hiding) Task Links based upon the Task Link Filter rules you established in the Task Link Filter Rules form. This button also applies if you are Showing All Task Links instead of using Task Link Filter rules.
If after establishing which Task Links are to be shown (or hidden) in the Task Links Filter Rules form and you later make edits to any Task Link individually, clicking the Use Show/Hide Defaults button restores all Task Links to the current Task Link Filter rules or the Show all selection.
The two other buttons at the bottom of the Where Are My Links? form can be used to override any pre-established filtering rules and force either a Show All or Hide All Task Link entries in the chart. These two controls are shortcuts that are applied to all entries in the Where Are My Links? form.
Using the Where Are My Links? Form to Show or Hide Task Link
Use the form to quickly edit the show/hide status of any Task Link entry in the form for the current snapshot by either checking (ON) or unchecking (OFF) the checkbox in the Show column of the form for the Task Link entry you want to edit.
The Where Are My Links? form is shown below:
The Where Are My Links? form is “snapshot-dependent” in that OnePager provides a list of Task Links specific to the snapshot that you are currently displaying in the Chart Editor. If you don’t use the Task Links Filter Rules form to conditionally control the showing (or hiding) of Data-driven Task Links, the Where Are My Links? form gives you total manual control over the showing (or hiding) of all Task Links in a snapshot at any time.
For more information on the controls in the Where Are My Links? form, please see the article at: Using the Where Are My Links? Form for OnePager Express
Editing the show/hide status of Task Link(s) in the Where Are My Links? form as described above can turn the edited Task Link(s) into maverick Task Link(s). The edit made to any entry in the Where Are My Links? form applies to the current snapshot.