New to excel 2007 gantt chart

I am struggling with excel 2007 gantt charting.. I have had enough problems with charts and graphs in 2003, OMG, here comes 2007 which is suppose to be easy.. yeah right... I am attaching a very small excel spreadhseet with just a little bit of data.. can someone PLEASE take this info and put it into a gantt chart so that I can learn from it and add to it... thank you so very much..
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello armymom,

see the attached as a starting point.

Gantt charts can be created with stacked horizontal bars. The first series is the Opened date, the second series is the duration (= the difference between Due date and opened date)

The first series is set to no fill and no line, so it is invisible.

The X axis can be tweaked to show the first of the month only, but that will require a few tricks with more data series and an XY chart overlayed.

Please let me know if that is something you can work with.

armymom13Author Commented:
this looks really good, is there a way to show % complete? by adding a column and inputting my numbers? LIke the first issue is 49% completed.
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello armymom,

take 2 attached.

To show percentage complete, you need a few more columns. One to enter the percentage, another one to calculate how many days that represents, and a third one to calculate how many days are left til due date.

The stacked bars now contain the columns Opened, ccomplete and cduration.

I've added the percentage numbers as labels to the bars. This can not be done with native Excel functionality, but with a free tool called Chart Labeler, which can be downloaded here:

cheers, teylyn

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armymom13Author Commented:
I love take 2, it does exactly what I want it to, and now I will study it, and learn how to do it myself... Thank you, and I will definitely download the tool... thanks Again...
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Thanks for the grade!
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