Resizing the Height of Swimlanes for Version 7.1
- 1 Overview
- 2 Swimlane Height Changes When Member Rows Change Height
- 3 Resizing the Height of Swimlanes
- 3.1 Important!
- 3.2 Changing the Height of a Single Selected Swimlane
- 3.3 Changing the Height of Several Selected Swimlanes in the Same Level
- 3.4 Changing the Height of Sequentially Selected Swimlanes in the Same Level
- 4 Resizing Swimlanes by Resizing the Chart’s Document Height
- 5 Related Links
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.
Under most circumstances the height of a swimlane is determined by the combined height of rows that are members of the swimlane. Additionally, where there are multiple swimlane levels represented in the chart, an increase or decrease in a member row’s height increases or decreases the height of swimlanes in which the edited row is a member. There are no global controls in OnePager either in the Template Properties or Chart Properties forms for specifically resizing the height of swimlanes.
To manually edit swimlane heights, at least one swimlane level must be present in the chart so that you can select a swimlane and manage its height manually. Swimlane heights can be manually increased or decreased in the Chart Editor by using a left-click in the desired swimlane level cell to select the swimlane and continue using the mouse in double-arrow cursor mode to drag and drop the grab boxes that accompany the swimlane selection to the desired swimlane height.
For more information of Resizing the Height of Rows, please see the article at: Resizing the Height of Rows
Please keep in mind that any increases or decreases in swimlane heights in the chart impacts the heights of subordinate swimlanes, their member rows, and the chart’s height dimension.
This article covers how to adjust individual swimlane heights using available editing techniques in the Chart Editor.
Swimlane Height Changes When Member Rows Change Height
As mentioned above, changing a row’s height changes the height of the swimlane in which the edited row is a member. As an example, we can start with the chart shown below where there are three swimlane levels and two text columns:
To continue the example, we can select a row that is a member of all three swimlane levels in preparation for increasing that selected row’s height shown here:
Using the top grab box on the selected row and dragging the mouse upward, the row’s height is increased as well as the heights of the swimlanes in which the selected row is a member as shown below:
Comparing the two illustrations above, there are a few things to observe:
- 1) Significantly increasing the selected row’s height increased the Left#3 swimlane (Subcontractor A) height.
- 2) The Left#2 swimlane (Integration & Testing) height also increased because the selected row and the Left#3 swimlane in which the selected row is a member increased in swimlane height as well.
- 3) Because the Left#2 swimlane level (Integration & Testing) is a member of the Left#1 swimlane level (Phase III), that highest level swimlane also increased its height.
- 4) Finally, note that the height dimension of the chart is increased by the amount of increase of the selected row.
The example given above illustrates how swimlane levels are increased in height and also illustrates how increasing a selected row or row’s height can impact on the chart visually. When there are fewer swimlane levels visible in the chart, the impact on the entire chart by increasing row height is lessened.
Resizing the Height of Swimlanes
Selection of multiple swimlane level cells using the CTL+Left-Click or the SHIFT+Left-Click methods is restricted to the same swimlane level. That is, you may only use these selection methods to select multiple swimlanes in the same swimlane level. OnePager Pro and Express Version 7.0 ignores any attempt to select a swimlane level cell in a swimlane level other than in the first swimlane level selected.
CTL+Left-Click Selection of Multiple Individual Swimlane Level Cells
To select multiple swimlane level cells in the same swimlane level using the CTL+Left-Click method, initially select the first swimlane level cell without holding the CTL Key down. Then, holding the CTL Key down, select the second and following swimlane level cells until all desired swimlane level cells are selected.
SHIFT+Left-Click Selection of Multiple Sequential Swimlane Level Cells
To select a sequence of swimlane level cells in the same swimlane using the SHIFT+Left-Click method, go to the first swimlane level cell in the sequence, hold the SHIFT Key down, and left-click to select this swimlane level cell. Next, go to the last swimlane level cell in the sequence with the SHIFT Key still held down and left-click this last swimlane cell in the sequence. As a result, all the swimlane level cells from the first in the sequence to the last are selected.
For more information on Selection Method for Multiple Swimlanes, please see this section at: Selection Methods Available for Multiple Swimlane Levels
Changing the Height of a Single Selected Swimlane
In the Chart Editor individual swimlanes in all visible swimlane levels can be selected by performing a left-click in the desired swimlane level cell as shown below:
Once the desired swimlane is selected, used the grab boxes to increase or decrease the swimlane height using the same method as discussed for changing row heights. An example of increasing a selected swimlane height is provided in the sub-section above.
Depending on your schedule discussion needs, you can increase or decrease the swimlane height of any swimlane level visible in the chart using the above method as illustrated here for increasing the swimlane height of a Left#2 swimlane:
Looking at the illustration above reveals several interesting impacts to the chart:
- 1) Increasing the Left#2 swimlane level’s height increases the height of the subordinate Left#3 swimlane levels and all its member rows.
- 2) Because the selected Left#2 swimlane level (Integration & Testing) is a member of a Left#1 swimlane level (Phase III) that Left #1 swimlane level (Phase III) is increased in height.
- 3) As a result of the overall increase in swimlane level heights, the height dimension of the chart is increased as shown in the Chart Properties form’s Page Layout tab’s Document Setup control group’s Document height dial value window below:
The examples provided in this sub-section illustrates that it is possible to select any swimlane level cell and its swimlane and use the grab boxes provided to increase or decrease the swimlane height. If, as an alternative, you use the double-left-click to select a specific swimlane level cell, the action does not select the entire swimlane and it is not possible (using this selection method) to adjust the swimlane level’s height as shown below:
Multiple swimlane levels can be edited with respect to swimlane height using either of the multiple swimlane selection methods described in the above sub-section.
Changing the Height of Several Selected Swimlanes in the Same Level
As an example, if we use the CTL+Left-Click method to select three swimlanes in the same Left#3 swimlane level, the resulting selection looks like this:
To increase the height of all three swimlanes, move the cursor to one of the top grab boxes until the cursor becomes the double-arrow shape as shown here:
With the double-arrow cursor showing (mouse left-click button held down), move the mouse upward to the desired swimlane height and release the mouse left-click button as shown below:
At the end of the operation, all three selected swimlanes have their respective heights increased by the same amount and their member rows are increased in height.
Changing the Height of Sequentially Selected Swimlanes in the Same Level
As another example, if we use the SHIFT+Left-Click method to select four consecutive swimlanes in the same Left#3 swimlane level, the resulting selection looks like this:
As shown in the previous example above, to increase the height of all four swimlanes, move the cursor to one of the top grab boxes until the cursor becomes the double-arrow shape as shown here:
With the double-arrow cursor showing (mouse left-click button held down), move the mouse upward to the desired swimlane height and release the mouse left-click button as shown here:
Resizing Swimlanes by Resizing the Chart’s Document Height
All swimlane levels and their member rows can be increased or decreased in height by resizing the entire chart. Recall that the Template Properties and Chart Properties form’s Page Layout tab’s Documentation Setup control group has a control for setting Document height as shown below in its default setting:
If it is necessary to increase all row and swimlane height in the chart, this can be done by increasing the value in the Document height dial value control after clicking the Document height radio button ON.
For the purpose of this example, if we change the Document height dial value control from its default value of 8.6 to 12.0, the resulting chart looks like this:
Comparing the two chart illustrations above, after the Document height increase, the resulting chart has increased row heights, increased swimlane heights, and the chart’s height dimension is increased to 12.0. Because the chart’s height dimension is changed, the charts appearance in output media is changed as well and some adjustments may be required.