How to Make a Gantt Chart in Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project can help users auto create a Gantt chart out of the data of the project. In this article, I will show you how to make a Gantt chart in Microsoft Project. Gantt charts allow you to view project processes, manage resources, and even estimate costs.

How would you like to create your Gantt chart?

How to Make a Gantt Chart in Microsoft Project

Step 1: Open Your Project File

Enable Microsoft Project and open your project file (.mpp). As you can see, the interface consists of 2 separate panes. The left pane is a worksheet in which you enter the data of task names, duration days, start dates, finish dates, predecessors, and resources names. The right pane is the Gantt Chart, which shows the timeline of the project.

open a blank project file

Step 2: Enter the Project Data

Enter the data of your project on the left pane and the software will automatically create a Gantt chart on the right pane. In this example, I just input the task names, duration days, start dates, and finish dates.

enter data in the project file

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Step 3: Add Gantt Chart Wizard on the Ribbon

To add the Gantt Chart Wizard on the ribbon, you need to:

  1. Click on File > Options to open the Project Option dialog box;
  2. Click on Customize Ribbon;
  3. In the right column under Main Tabs, right-click on the tab where the Wizard will be inserted and choose Add New Group in the context menu;
  4. The newly-added group will be listed as New Group (Custom), right-click on it and rename it. Here I called it as Wizard.
  5. rename the new group
  6. In the left column of the pane, select Commands Not in the Ribbon under Choose commands from. After that, you need to find Gantt Chart Wizard on the scroll list and click Add button between the columns.
  7. add Gantt Chart Wizard on the tab

    Note: Before you add Gantt Chart Wizard to the Main Tabs, you have to make sure that you select Wizard (Custom). Otherwise, it will be added on another tab.

  8. Click OK on the dialog box. Here is the Gantt Chart Wizard button on the View tab.
  9. Gantt Chart Wizard button on the tab

Step 4: Customize the Gantt Chart

After you add the Gantt Chart Wizard on the ribbon, you can use it to format your Gantt bars.

The first step is to decide what kind of information will be displayed on the chart.

Gantt Chart Wizard formatting options

The second step is to decide what task information will be displayed on the Gantt bars.

The third step is to decide whether to show the links between dependent tasks or not.

Here is what the Gantt chart looks like now:

customized Gantt charts

How to Make a Gantt Chart in Edraw Max

Step 1: Select Gantt Chart Template

Enable Edraw Max, select Gantt Chart under the category of “Project Management”, then you will see some common Gantt Chart templates. You can choose one of the templates to make your own Gantt chart or start from scratch.

Abundant Gantt chart templates in Edraw Max

If you want to see more free Gantt chart templates, you can visit Edraw Template and find suitable templates.

Abundant Gantt chart templates in Edraw Max website

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Step 2: Make Your Own Gantt Chart

Click on the plus icon on the Home page to open the main interface and start to create a Gantt chart on the blank drawing page.

the blank drawing page in Edraw Max

Edraw Max allows users to import the project data in the formats of XLSX and CSV. Click on the Gantt Chart icon to open the Gantt Chart pane. Then click the Import button, seek the data file on the dialog box and click Open.

Note: the data of the project is suggested to be sorted out in the same way as the below picture.

the sample data of the project

Therefore, in this example, the Gantt chart will be like:

Edraw Max made a Gantt chart

Step 3: Customize Your Gantt chart

Select one of the Gantt bars, the formatting tools on the toolbar and the Task Information section will be activated. Thus, you can change the colors of the bar, or edit its task information.

formatting tools in Edraw Max

How to Export a Gantt Chart as Office Files

When you have created your own Gantt chart in Edraw Max, you can save the document by pressing Ctrl + S or clicking the Save button on the upper right corner of the main interface.

Save a Gantt chart in Edraw Max

Moreover, you could export the Gantt chart in the formats of DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. Go to File tab, click Export, you can choose the desired file type and then Edraw Max will automatically export and save your Gantt chart in your computer. All the exported office files from Edraw Max are editable.

Therefore, it will be much easier and more convenient for you to share and transfer your Gantt charts with anyone else, even if he or she hasn’t used Edraw Max before.

Export a Gantt Chart in Edraw Max

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