Label Text Element Ordering for Version 7.1
- 1 Introduction to Text Element Ordering for OnePager
- 2 Label Text Element Ordering
- 3 Related Links
Introduction to Text Element Ordering for OnePager
This article describes OnePager’s Text Element Ordering feature. Illustrations used in this article are from OnePager Pro using data from Microsoft Project but the feature's function, controls, and manual edits apply equally to other OnePager editions that import from data sources like Microsoft Excel, Smartsheet, and Oracle Primavera P6.
Label Text Element Ordering
In previous version of OnePager two or more text elements such as task labels, date labels, or percent complete values associated with a task bar/milestone symbol were represented in the graph horizontally in a fixed order left to right. OnePager version 7.0 and later provides the capabilities and controls for you to change text element ordering as well as select for horizontal or vertical positioning of that order.
The controls for label text element ordering are found in the Template Properties and Chart Properties forms at the Task Bars and Milestones tabs. Label text element ordering controls for OnePager are the same and functions the same in both products. The Change Label Text Element Ordering button is shown below in the Chart Properties form’s Task Bars tab:
Clicking the Change Label Text Element Ordering button accesses the Change Text Element Ordering Change Label Text Element Order form shown below:
When task bar name labels, date labels, and percent compete values are shown in the chart, a typical chart looks like this:
At the top of the Change Text Element Order form there are four radio buttons. These radio buttons represent the four options available for ordering the three text elements with respect to their parent task bar/milestone symbol. These options are discussed below:
Order Text Element Left to Right
With left to right ordering, the first text element (identified in the Order windows in the lower portion of the form) appears to the left of the other text elements. This is the default ordering and is shown in the two illustrations above. This option is typically used when you position task bar/milestone symbol text elements in Label positions that are horizontally oriented such as Left, Right, Best fit left/right, and Best fit in task bar.
Order Top to Bottom
The top to bottom ordering is typically used in situations where you want to keep the text elements compact horizontally. This option is typically used when you position task bar/milestone symbol text elements in Label positions such as Above, Below, Best fit above/below, and Best fit all directions. In many cases it is useful also to increase the height of the row so that sufficient room is provided for up to three text elements as shown below:
As for an example, the chart portion looks like this with text element Label position remaining as Best fit left/right:
Order Horizontal Inside to Outside
The third option radio button, when selected, orders text elements horizontally inside to outside. This means that the first text element is always closest to the task bar, the next text element is farther to the left or right, and the third text element is farthest to the left or right. This text element ordering option is best used when text elements are to appear in the chart in horizontal arrangements. This update to the Change Text Element Order form is shown below:
When this ordering is applied to the chart, it looks like this:
Notice that regardless of the sequencing of the three text elements, the designated first text element is always closest to the task bar.
Order Vertically Inside to Outside
The last option radio button, when selected, orders text elements vertically inside to outside. This means that the first text element is always closest to the task bar, the next text element is farther away from the task bar, and the third text element is farthest away from the task bar in vertical orientation. This text element ordering option is best used when text elements are to appear in the chart in vertical arrangements and when text is placed above or below the task or milestone.
To make an example that is different from the previous examples, we’ll modify the Change Text Element Order form to show Date Labels as the first text element in the ordering. The corresponding Change Text Element Order form is shown below:
When this change is applied to the chart, along with appropriate heightening of rows and selecting the Best fit above/below text element Label position, a selected portion of the chart looks like this:
Again notice that regardless of the sequencing of the three text elements, the designated first text element is always closest to the task bar. In the illustration above, the first text element is Date label(s).
Text Element Order Sequencing
The lower portion of the Change Text Element Order form provides you with the controls to change the sequence of text elements as they are used in the four ordering options discussed in the previous sub-section. The default settings are:
- Task/milestone label – First
- Date label(s) – Second
- Percent Complete - Third
Changing the text element order sequence changes the order of text elements applied to the chart when one of the four ordering options is selected.