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Misleading milestone markers

By default, milestones markers are set to appear on their Start date. Suppose you have a 4-day task with a Start date of December 12 and a Finish date of December 16. If you change this task to a milestone, the duration, start date, and finish dates remain the same. However, the Gantt bar for the task in the chart area of the Gantt chart changes to a milestone marker on December 12. The position of the milestone marker can be mislead ing because there's no longer anything drawn to show the end of the task.

You can change the bar style for the milestone marker. By default, the style is drawn From Start To Start, but you can change it to be From Finish To Finish. Click Format, Bar Styles. In the grid, click in the From field for the Milestone style and then click Finish. Click in the To field for the Milestone style and then click Finish, which causes the milestone marker to sit on the Finish date (see Figure 5-21).

Figure 5-21. You can change the milestone marker to appear on the Finish date rather than the Start date.

Figure 5-21. You can change the milestone marker to appear on the Finish date rather than the Start date.

Or you can change the bar style to include a bar showing duration, with the milestone marker at the end of the bar. In the Bar Styles dialog box, click the Appearance field for the Milestone style. Below the grid, under Middle, enter a shape, pattern, and color for the Gantt bar you want to represent the milestone bar. Under End, enter the shape, type, and color for the end marker for the milestone Gantt bar. In the grid, change the From field to Start and the To field to Finish, which gives you a Gantt bar showing the duration of the milestone task as well as a symbol to mark the end of the task and the completion of the milestone (see Figure 5-22).

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