Displaying bar and task information in the bar chart

In addition to displaying fields in spreadsheet columns, you can display the same fields - and the results of any formulae that you have defined - on each bar in the bar chart.

You can display fields in three locations in the bar chart:

  • To the left of the first task on each bar: Object ID displayed to the left of the first task on a bar.
  • To the right of the last task on each bar: Object ID displayed to the right of the last task on a bar.
  • On top of each task: Object ID displayed on top of each task.

You can display fields in more than one location at the same time. For example, you could display the bar name to the right of the last task on each bar and the task WBS code on top of each task.

You specify the fields that you want to display in the bar chart, the location in which to display them and the font in which to display the information, using the Task data display group on the Tasks tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog.

If you display a 'URL'-type user-defined field that displays a link to an external document to the left or right of tasks in the bar chart, the contents of the field appears as a clickable hyperlink. Note that 'URL'-type fields are not clickable if you display them on top of tasks.

A clickable URL

You can configure the information that some fields display by specifying parameters. For example, if you choose to display certain cost-related fields, you can select a specific cost centre and a specific range of dates. If the field that you select supports parameters, the the Ellipsis button button to the right becomes enabled. Click this button to access the Attributes dialog, in which you can specify the parameters.

Select the Opaque background check box to display the information with a white background, or clear the check box to display the information with a transparent background. The task data display information you specify here is also displayed in CBS and RBS views; in CBS and RBS views, the information displayed for each resource allocation is derived from resource allocations rather than from tasks.

Related Topics:

Setting task display options

Linking objects to external documents

Work breakdown structure

Unique task ID numbering

WBN task ID numbering