They appear above the schedule area and there are quite a few to choose from. End of story. Right?
Not necessarily! Learn how to master the date headings and you have mastered a key component of your Milestones schedule. Read on.
- Headings can be above the schedule, below, or both. Headings can also be attached to any task row.
- Choose from over 40 standard date heading styles, ranging from years (even centuries) to minutes.
- Compress future or past dates using logarithmic view.
- Milestones Professional offers custom headings which extend date heading flexibility.
- Use “Curtains” to extend the date headings into the schedule area and highlight a holiday shutdown or critical schedule period.
- Show a day or month at a time and “scroll” horizontally through your schedule.
- Easily change the font size, style, color and shading of each heading level.
TIP: Click right on the date headings to see and change properties.
Logarithmic headings, curtains and more!
This Integrated Master Schedule – Project Roadmap shows some of Milestones Professional’s date heading bells and whistles.
- Logarithmic View – In Milestones, it’s easy to expand a year (or more) while reducing the width of future and/or past years. This schedule shows 2019 (current year at the time this schedule was published) 3 times wider than other years on the schedule.
- Curtains – Two curtains are shown, one which covers past years (2017-2018) and one which covers future years (2020-2021). Curtains are easy to customize and add to any schedule. These curtains extend into the date heading area.
- Vertical grid lines – Vertical lines can be shown Yearly (or FY yearly), Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly, Daily, and Minute. They can also be aligned with user defined (custom) date headings.
- Task row headings – Notice the custom heading shown in the middle of the schedule. Date headings can be attached to any task row.
Step by step instructions
Add a bit of color
- Apply a color theme for a new look.
- Customize individual headings with special effects (like fading)
- Change the color of the heading dividers
Colorful custom headings
This All Project Status schedule shows a big picture overview of the status of several projects.
The custom date heading for this schedule is placed above and below the schedule (other options are no headings, headings only at the bottom, and headings attached to a task row.)
What’s unique about the date headings on the schedule to the left?
They were built using Milestones Professional’s custom headings. Custom headings make it easy to set up headings which represent specific time periods. The first heading shows colored monthly headings while the second one shows 3 periods, one spanning 4 months and the other two spanning 2 months each. Up to 4 custom headings can be shown at a time.
Set the start and end dates for the schedule:
- Click the Dates tab.
- In the Start and End Dates section use the Calendar icons to change the dates. (any
date between 100 CD (A.D.) through 7000 CE (A.D.)
Headings by numbers
Sometimes when building a schedule you might not want to show the actual date, but show a relative date from some starting point. With all the flexibility built in to Milestones, it’s easy to set up a proposed schedule (like for a contract proposal) and then later, set the actual dates and “shift” all dates on the proposed schedule to the real schedule dates once the contract is awarded.
This can be done by year, quarter, month, week, day, hour or even minute. For contract proposals the most common is “Month after start of contract” as shown to the left.
Numbered headings can even be shown with a frequency (show a number every 10 months for example.)