Selectively format MS Project successor/predecessor link arrows (Feature Request) RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Hi,

    On larger project plans the dependency arrows can become so dense they're hard to follow, or worse they obscure a key dependency.  Dependency meta data are important for tracking schedule shifts, but there are many instances (waterfall within an agile project) where I don't need to see all of the arrows.

    As a user, I'd like to be able to:

    +Edit at the individual task level:

    --whether a successor or predecessor arrow is visible (individually controllable)

    --what the beginning and end of the arrow look like, irrespective of bar style

    --color/line pattern/transparency of the arrow

    [Effectively I'd like all of the connector formatting options that exist in PPT]

    +Create a style in "Bar Styles" that controls the above so I can use flags to turn visibility on/off (the MSP 2007 workaround (  doesn't work, as setting the style to all white is ignored, and using any pattern and white adds a gray border to the arrow)

    --This could be accomplished by making successor and predecessor options in the "Show For" field in "Bar Styles"

    +Control the layering of elements on the Gantt chart

    --Example:  I usually use all of the text fields for a bar, showing start/end, name, % complete, and resource.  This lets me print just the gantt chart and have all the data I need.  The links default to the "front" layer, which makes them obscure the text.  I'd like to be able to "send to back" the link arrows so the text is superiorly placed.

    --I don't envision this as a task-level attribute, rather a formatting preference for the gantt chart overall.

    +Control any of the above via VBA

    • Edited by MonteB4 Friday, December 19, 2014 4:41 PM Adding clarity
    Friday, December 19, 2014 2:39 PM

All replies

  • I would love all of the above.  Or, at a minimum a way to thicken the weight of the link arrows
    Monday, June 6, 2016 6:40 PM
  • Sean,

    You missed the thread of where to post your Project requests by one. Try this thread:


    Monday, June 6, 2016 7:42 PM
  • Hi Monte/Sean,

    Worth adding your request to uservoice - 

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    Monday, June 6, 2016 11:19 PM