Tracking Gantt

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The Tracking Chart view displays task information in two panels: the left panel displays information as a sheet and the right panel displays information as a chart. Panel 1 displays the task information as a sheet and includes details about start and finish task dates, resources assigned to them or % complete. The following columns are usually referred: Id, Indicators, Name, Duration, Start, Finish, Predecessors, Resource Names, Percent Complete. Panel 2 displays the Gantt bar representation of the tasks, chart showing a baseline and scheduled Gantt bars for each task.  

Use the Tracking Gantt view to compare the baseline schedule with the actual schedule.

Note To access the Tracking Gantt view, on the View menu, click Tracking Gantt. 

Legend: The Tracking Chart displays blue bars for common Tasks, black rhombuses for Milestones, blue bars connected with suspension dots for Task Splits, black bars for Summary Tasks. The background displays the Project's calendar time span. 

Deadlines [1]: A deadline indicates the target date when the user wants a task to be completed. The deadline is displayed in Tracking Chart as a green arrow. 

Links: The Gantt panel display links that show the predecessor or the successor relation between tasks. 

Bar Texts: A various project information (such as duration, constraint type, finish etc) can be used for the bar texts in order to describe a task. The position of the bar texts can be: left, right, top, bottom and inside. 

Best uses    Use the Tracking Gantt view to:

  • View tasks graphically while still having access to detailed information about the tasks. (Tracking Gantt view) 

  • View tasks as rolled-up bars or milestones on their respective summary task bars, enabling you to see your whole project without losing sight of the tasks [1]. (Bar, Milestone, and Milestone Date Rollup views) 

  • See how tasks progress across time and evaluate the slack and slippage between tasks. You can track progress by comparing planned and actual start and finish dates, and by checking the completion percentage of each task [1]. (Detail Gantt view) 

  • Review changes made to tasks during levelling and the effects of resource leveling on task completion [1]. (Leveling Gantt view) 

  • See how tasks progress across time. Review progress by comparing planned (baseline) dates and actual start and finish dates, and by checking the progress of each task [1]. (Tracking Gantt view) 

  • See the baselines the project manager saved for the project [1]. (Multiple Baselines Gantt view)


Application is able to read the following formatting and style customizations made by the project manager for each of the Tracking Chart views in Microsoft® Project and saved in the .mpp file: 

Layout options - options for drawing the links between tasks, date format, bar height, etc. 

Bar styles - the styles for drawing the bars and displaying information about bars in the particular view 

Text styles - the font styles for the various texts in the view 

Bar formatting - the specific formatting of a particular bar in the chart, in case the project manager intentionally changed the format to make the task stand-out from the others by its visual presentation 

Row, Column, and Cell Font formatting - the specific font formatting of a particular row, column, or cell in the sheet portion of the view, in case the project manager intentionally applied a different format to highlight the particular task, field, or value 

Progress Lines formatting[1] - the progress lines activated for the view and formatting options related to them 

Timescale formatting - the formatting of the different timescale tiers, as well as the calendar and presentation of the working and non-working days 

Gridlines formatting[1] - the formatting of the different gridlines for the sheet and chart portions of the view 

Drawings [1] - the different drawings and text boxes placed on the chart by the project manager, in order to place additional information for the tasks or emphasize a certain phase in the plan. 

You are also able to customize the Tracking Chart views, using one of the following opportunities: 

Change the different Layout options for the active Tracking Chart view [1]. 

Display, hide, or change the appearance of the timescale tiers. 

Display, hide, or change the appearance of nonworking time [1]. 

Create a combination view for the Tracking Chart view to display additional information about the tasks or about the resources assigned to those tasks in a different view [2]. 


The sheet portion displays categories of information about the tasks, arranged in tables. The default table for the Tracking Chart views depends on the view. For example, the default table for the standard Tracking Chart view is the Entry table, for the Bar and Milestone Rollup - the Rollup table, for the Tracking Gantt - the Tracking table, etc. You can also select any of the task tables to display information about the project's tasks. 


The Tracking Chart view can use any of the task filters to display only the tasks you want to see. When you select a filter, both the sheet and chart portions of the Tracking Chart display the information as defined by that filter's criteria. The default filter is the All Tasks filter. 

Grouping [3] 

The Tracking Chart view allows you to group tasks. 

Zoom in and out [1] 

The timeline units for the right portion of the Tracking Chart view are displayed at the top of the chart. By default, displays two units of time. You can adjust these time units to display up to three units of time, and you can change it so that different time units are displayed. For example, you can zoom out to a bigger picture of your project's tasks by displaying Years and Months, or you can zoom in to see the exact start and finish dates for your project's tasks by changing the timescale to Weeks and Days. 

Use the task list 

You can list each of your project's tasks in the grid portion on the left side of the Tracking Chart view, and then organize them into a hierarchy of summary tasks and subtasks. You can also link tasks together, to show task dependencies. 

Allowed actions: 

Create and insert a new task (single or recurring) 

Outline tasks into subtasks and summary tasks 

Create task dependencies (links) within your project 

Create and link tasks 

Text Style customization 

Entry Table customization – insert or hide column changes can be saved just on Entry table. 

Use the chart 

In addition to the grid portion of the view, the Tracking Chart view also provides an illustrated version of your task list, with Gantt bars that show the duration of your project's tasks across a timeline. This part of the Tracking Chart view is called the chart. For each task, the associated Gantt bar begins at the start date, and ends at the finish date. If you have linked tasks together, the Gantt bars are connected on the chart with link lines. 

Change colors and add text 

You can: 

Change the color, shape, or pattern of Gantt bars. 

Create a new type of Gantt bar, such as one that shows available slack or delayed tasks. 

Add text to Gantt bars. 

Display task names for individual Gantt bars on a summary task bar. 

Change the height of Gantt bars. 

Change the appearance of link lines between Gantt bars.