Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Should I switch up my P6 schedule bar chart from its usual look?” Well, let me tell you, jazzing up your bar chart format can be a game-changer, especially for those complex tasks. It’s all about making things crystal clear and keeping everyone on the same page.

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your schedule bar chart and impress your stakeholders, why not play around with customising those activity bars? Let’s dive into an easy, step-by-step guide on how you can make your progress bar style pop and display resources on the Gantt Chart in a way that’s both fun and functional.

Ready? Let’s Get Started:

0 – First Things First – Access the Bar Settings
    • Head over to View > Bars on your P6. That’s where all the magic begins.
1 – Tweak Those Existing Bars
    • Uncheck the ‘Actual Work’ and ‘Remaining Work’ boxes. We’re making room for something cooler!
2 – Introduce Your New Bar Superstars
    • Time to add two new bars. Call the first one “Current Works” and the second “Actual Progress”. These are going to be your new best friends.


3 – Style the ‘Actual Progress’ Bar
    • This one gets its Timescale set to “Actual Bar”. Keep the filter as “All Activities”.
    • For style, go for a sleek, narrow bar in the middle position, and paint it a cool blue. It’s like giving your chart a personal touch!


4 – Dress Up ‘Current Works’ Bar
    • Set the Timescale to “Current Bar” and filter it to “All Activities”.
    • Now, give it a makeover! Change the bar style to a lively green colour. It’s all about standing out.


5 – Resource Labels: Your Secret Ingredient (But It’s Optional)
    • Pick the “Current Works” bar.
    • Click on Bar Labels and choose where you want your labels to hang out (like on the left side of the bar).
    • Add your label, maybe Resource IDs, but hey, don’t go label crazy. We’re aiming for informative, not overwhelming.


Quick Tip – Use If you’re more of a minimalist, feel free to skip the resource labels. Also, always hit ‘save’ on your layout before moving on. No one likes to lose their awesome work, right?

If you’re finding it a bit tricky to nail the bar style you want, don’t worry! Have a bit of fun playing around with the ‘Shift up‘ and ‘Shift down‘ options. These little tweaks can help you get those bars looking just right. Keep experimenting – you’ve got this!

You’ve got yourself a bar chart that’s not just informative but also has a personality! This new look will not only catch eyes but will also make communicating project timelines a breeze.



Your Turn to Shine!

Now it’s time for you to play around with your activity bar chart. See how these little tweaks can turn your schedule bar chart into a powerhouse of clear, effective communication. Go on, give it a try!

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