Project 2016 For Dummies
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Several views in Project 2016 include gridlines to indicate certain elements, such as a break between weeks or the status date (that is, the date to which progress has been tracked on a project). These lines help someone reading the plan to discern intervals of time or breaks in information; for example, gridlines can be used to indicate major and minor column breaks.

You can modify these gridlines in several ways, including changing the color and style of the lines and the interval at which they appear.

To modify gridlines, use the Gridlines dialog box and follow these steps:

  1. Right-click any area of a view that contains a grid (for example, the chart area of Gantt Chart view or Calendar view) and then choose Gridlines.

    The Gridlines dialog box appears, as shown. You can also display the Gantt Chart Tools Format contextual tab, select Gridlines in the Format group, and then click Gridlines to open the dialog box.

    The Gridlines dialog box.
  2. In the Line to Change list, select the gridline you want to modify.
  3. Use the Normal Type and Color lists to select a line style and color.
  4. If you want to use a contrasting color at various intervals in the grid to make it easier to read, follow these steps:
    1. Select an interval at which to include a contrasting line. This setting is typically used with a different style or color from the Normal line setting to mark minor intervals for a grid. Note that not every type of gridline can use contrasting intervals.
    2. Choose the type and color of that line from the lists.
  5. Click the OK button to save these settings.

You make choices for modifying gridlines one by one, and you have no Reset button to revert to the original settings. Gridlines modified in one view don't affect gridlines in any other view.

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Cynthia Snyder is a well-known speaker, consultant, and trainer on project management, as well as the project manager of the team that updated PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition. Her other books include PMP Certification All-in-One For Dummies and A User's Manual to the PMBOK.

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