Task Bars Tab (OnePager Pro)
This tab page, shown below, lets you control the style and decoration of task bars. Additionally, within this tab are the controls for creating and managing Conditional Formatting rules.
1) Gantt Bar Properties: Collected in this group are all the controls associated with defining or changing the properties of Gantt bars (task bars). These controls include:
- a) Shape: The drop down menu shows the eight (8) varieties of task bar shapes available for use.
- b) Fill: This drop down menu shows the five (5) available task bars fill or texture options.
- c) Gantt Bar Height: Allows you to set the bar height as an absolute quantity (inches or centimeters) or as a percentage of the row height, which is shown in parentheses for reference.
- d) Border Controls: In the upper right of the form, these controls allow you change the color of the Gantt bar border, the width of the border and the border’s style. Further, you have the capability to establish the border color to be the same as the Gantt bar fill color.
- e) Gantt Bar/Milestone Fill Color: You may specify a single color for all Gantt bars via the “Color Chooser” form when this radio button is selected. More commonly, selecting the “Color-code based on” radio button allows you to select a column from your Microsoft Project plan to assign a data-driven to each task.
- i) The data-driven color assignment is sometimes referred to as “round-robin” because OnePager goes in sequence through the color palette and assigns a new color when it finds a new distinct value in the data. If it finds more distinct values than there are colors in the palette, it starts over at the beginning of the palette and uses each color for a second data value, and so on.
- ii) Also note that the “Color-code based on” selects a single data column that applies to both task bars and milestones. This is one of the few places where tasks and milestones are constrained to have the same default behavior.
- iii) Use of conditional formatting for color assignments allows you to distinguish the color assignments of tasks from those of milestones.
2) Gantt Bar Decorations: There are seven (7) decorations for Gantt bars. Each may be turned on by checking the associated check box. Each of these decoration’s controls may be accessed by clicking the adjacent button. Following are brief descriptions of each decoration:
- a) Gantt Bar Label Properties: Clicking this button will display the “Set Label Properties” form shown below wherein the Gantt bar label font properties and label position may be set.
- b) %Complete Properties…: Clicking this button will show the “Set percent-complete properties” form shown below which controls the display characteristics of the %Complete representation for Gantt bars.
- c) Critical Path Properties: This button, when selected, will display the “Set critical-path properties” form shown below which allows you to control the color and height, with respect to the height of the Gantt bar, of the critical path representation in the Gantt bar.
- d) Baseline Properties: Clicking this button will show the “Set baseline properties” form shown below which controls the shape, fill, and color of baseline bars, the connecting line properties, and how the baseline dates will be displays.
- e) Date Label Properties…: This button, when selected, will display the “Set date label properties” form shown below which allows you to control the properties of the date label for a Gantt bar. You can control the date label’s font properties, the position and display of the start and finish date, the format of the date label, and how to separate the date from the task bar’s label text.
- f) Deadline Properties…: Clicking this button will show the “Set deadline properties” form which controls for the shape, fill, and position of the deadline maker controls. It also lets you set a special color to denote deadlines that have not been met. Additionally, as with “Baseline Properties” form described above, the form controls connecting lines for deadlines and the properties of deadline date display.
- g) Endpoint Properties…: Clicking this button shows the “Set endpoint properties” form shown below which controls all properties for up to four endpoints. Each endpoint can display the date held in any date column from Microsoft Project. These properties are essentially the same controls as described above for “Deadline Properties” form, above.
3) Conditional Formatting: This group of the “Task Bar” tab has one button, the “Manage Rules…” button. Clicking this button displays the “Conditional Formatting Rules” form shown below which permits you to define, change, and copy rules governing the display of task bars based on data imported from your Microsoft Project plan. There are two ways to get to the same conditional-formatting form: (1) via the “Task Bar” tab or (2) via the “Milestones” tab. Complete details on how to use conditional formatting are given below in a separate section.