default bar text RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    After adding a task, the bar on the right shows the resource name by default. How can I permanently change this default, so that all future bars in a project will show the task name at the top of the bar?


    Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:59 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Double-click in an empty spot of the graphical part, a form "Bar Styles" comes up.

    Look for all the styles to do with task representation (task, critical, ...)

    Select such a line, then below click Text.

    You can then enter/change/delete all entries (right, left, top...)


    Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:51 AM
  • Hi and thanks for your input.

    In fact the dialog "Bar Style" does not affect future task-bars.
    I would like to set my bar style (text of bars) once, and then all future bars should look like my predefinitions.

    Have you got an idea?


    Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:20 AM
  • I Patrick,

    Better try before claiming something untrue.

    Bar StyleS as I describe WILL affect future tasks.

    It 100% replies to your question.


    Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:36 AM
  • Patrick,

    As Jan explains, use Bar Styles and not Format Bar!

    Gérard Ducouret [Project MVP], Certifié Project 70632, Certifié ITIL

    Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:26 PM
  • Hi

    I absolutely didn't think that the advice was generally wrong (since you are Project MVP), but in my case the "Bar Styles" had no influence to further tasks.

    I just made a second test with MS Project 2013 Professional, the application is not connected to any Project Server:

    1. Creating new empty project
    2. I double-click in an empty spot of the graphical part and the form "Bar Styles" comes up
    3. I change the bar color from blue to orange
    4. I change the top text to “Name”.
    5. I click ok.
    6. I add a test task with a name and with a duration of 3 days.
    7. I click ok.
    8. The bar is displayed with the default color blue and with no text on the top.

    What do I need to configure in addition for the correct result?


    Saturday, September 28, 2013 2:07 PM
  • You create a new task in a new project. I assume it has a duration of 1d as you don't say. You change bar styles for the Task bar. You add a new task and give it a duration of 3d.

    If your View shows critical tasks, the second task is critical so you also need to format the Critical bar style. Otherwise Jan's instructions work fine.

    For the same View to be seen in new projects use the Organizer to copy the View to the Global.mpt file

    Rod Gill

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    Rod Gill Project Management

    Saturday, September 28, 2013 11:17 PM
  • Hi all,

    It's so frustrating when people do not completely apply my advice and then claim that it does not work.

    Re-read my first reply, especially this:

    Look for all the styles to do with task representation (task, critical, ...)

    Rod pinpoints to critical tasks, I suspect you did not change Manually Scheduled tasks. I know this is more work than expected but if you wnt to change all bars, you have to mosdify all the styles that describe the different tasks.


    Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:49 AM
  • Indeed I did it for all styles (I basically deleted the ones I don't use, so I end up with just a few) and for any new task, summary or milestone I have now the start date to the left and the name to the right. Thank you so much! (for some reason, when I was selecting all tasks to do it manually, I would have double layers of writing for my summary taks, now I don't bother anymore :) )
    Sunday, August 13, 2017 9:35 AM