Progress lines in MS Project
Progress lines show whether tasks are behind, or right on schedule. They appear as lines on the Gantt Chart view.
- Display progress lines at regular intervals
- Display progress lines based on a specific status date
- Display progress lines for specific dates you select
- Display progress lines compared with the baseline plan
The progress lines can be a little difficult to interpret. The lines drag left for tasks that are behind schedule and are vertical for tasks that are on track. Lets look at this more closely:
In this example the progress lines are shown against a project status date of 23/03 (Status date is set under Project > Project Information). The black lines on the task bars indicate % completion.
- Task 1 is 75% complete, but it was due to finish on 20/03 so it is behind schedule. The progress line drags to the left.
- Task 2 was completed on schedule. The progress line is straight down.
- Task 3 is 50% complete, but behind schedule, it should be 80% complete by the status date.
- Task 4 is not started and behind schedule as it is was due to be completed on 23/03.
- Task 5 is ahead of schedule. The progress line is vertical and the task % completion is ahead.
- Task 6 is on track. The progress line is vertical and the % complete is on track.
Show progress lines
Go to Tools > Tracking > Progress lines.
In MS Project 2010 Choose Format > Format > Gridlines > Progress Lines
Choose your options in the dialog box. To show the lines from "At project status date" you will need to set the Project Status date under Project > Project Information.
Select the line style in the "Line Styles" tab.
Click OK. Progress lines will appear in the Gantt View.
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