Modifying a Usage View

Usage views, such as the Resource Usage and Task Usage view, display information divided across time periods. Usage views include a sheet view in the left pane and a timephased grid (the timesheet) with the field details in the right pane. You can customize the sheet and the timescale for the timesheet as you can in the Gantt Chart and other views. You can also choose which fields you want to see in the timesheet.


To select and format the timephased fields shown in the timesheet in a usage view, follow these steps:

Move up

Click View, Resource Usage or choose another usage view.

Right-click the timesheet, click Detail Styles, and then click the Usage Details tab.

The Usage Details tab lists the different timephased fields you can display in the timesheet, such as Work, Actual Work, Overtime Work, and Cost (see Figure 25-11).

Figure 25-11. Choose the fields to display and their formatting in the Detail Styles dialog box.

Figure 25-11. Choose the fields to display and their formatting in the Detail Styles dialog box.

In the Available Fields list, click the fields you want to add to the timesheet portion of the Usage View and then click Show.

To remove a field from showing in the timesheet, click its name in the Show These Fields list and then click Hide.

To change the order in which fields appear, click a field in the Show These Fields list and then click the Move up or down arrow buttons.

Choose the font, color, and pattern for the selected field if you want to change its appearance in the timesheet.

Tip Adding fields in the timesheet

To quickly add a field, right-click the timesheet and then click the field you want to add on the shortcut menu. A check box appears in front of the field name on the shortcut menu, and another row of timephased information appears in the timesheet for each task.

To remove a field from the timesheet, right-click the timesheet, and click the field you want to remove on the shortcut menu.

The Usage Properties tab in the Detail Styles dialog box includes the following options for formatting the detail headers and the data within the timesheet:

• If you want to align the data in the timesheet cells, click Right, Left, or Center in the

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• If you can't see the field names on the left side of the timesheet, click Yes in the Display ®

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• If the field names are missing in some of the rows, select the Repeat Details Header On All Assignment Rows check box.

• If the field names take up too much space, select the Display Short Detail Header Names check box.

For information about modifying the text styles or gridlines in a Usage view, follow the steps described in "Format Text Styles and Individual Text" and "Formatting the Appearance of Gridlines," earlier in this chapter on page 771. For information about formatting the sheet portion of the Usage view, see "Modifying a Sheet View," later in this chapter on page 780, and "Customizing Tables," later in this chapter on page 785. For information about formatting the timescale, see "Modifying the Timescale" below.

The values in the timesheet often exceed the width of the columns. Instead of adjusting the width of columns in the Timescale dialog box, you can resize them in the Usage view timesheet with the mouse. To resize columns in the timesheet, follow these steps:

1 Position the mouse pointer between two column headings in the timesheet until it changes to a two-headed arrow.

2 Drag the pointer to the left or right until the columns are the desired width.

If the usage view is part of a combination view that's displaying a timesheet in both panes, changing the column width in one pane changes the width in the other pane so the timesheet columns always line up.

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