A Gantt chart is a graphical representation (horizontal bar chart) of the start and end dates of the tasks within a project. It can be a useful tool to provide a visual overview of a project.
The Gantt chart is accessed by clicking on the
Gantt option at the top of the Projects area.
The horizontal bars next to each task begin at the task’s Start Date and end at the task’s End Date. To the left of the bars, columns such as
% COMPLETE (if specified) are displayed. The bars will be partially darkened to reflect the
% COMPLETE value. Dependency lines between bars interconnect tasks. Mouse over a bar, and the predecessor tasks are highlighted. With a click and drag, these bars can also be stretched to the left or right to adjust start and end dates, or dragged from the middle to keep the duration, but adjust both the start and end date.
The default view of the Gantt chart shows a monthly view, for a six month period, beginning with the current month. You can switch to a shorter or longer timeframe for the project by selecting
Years from the
Timescale drop-down list, located at the top. Click on the black triangles to the left and right of the dates header to move to an earlier or later time period. Also, click the light arrows to the far left and far right of each row to quickly jump backwards or forwards in time to see the bar for the specified row.