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MS Project - copy existing view including Gantt bar styles

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I have a custom view in an mpp that includes extensive Gantt bar symbol styling. When I copy the view, the styling is not included. How can I copy the entire bar style from the original view to the copy?
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I was afraid that was the case. Unfortunately the bar styling I want to copy is extensive and complex. It's going to be a major PITA to recreate it manually, but so be it.

It's good to know this, though. Thanks for the info.
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One other possibility is to save it as a template but I think even then you would have to manually format each new task

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Dr. Thomas HenkelmannDirector Consulting Services
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Hi,

sure there is a possibility to copy the gantt chart configuration you did in one project and copy it to the other.

Steps needed:
1. in your "source" project create a copy of the "Gantt Chart" view. You can do this from the "View" ribbon, click on "Other views...", then "More views...". Now select the "Gantt Chart" (I assume you made the changes there?) and click on "Copy", then save with a new name.
2. Make sure you have the "Developer" ribbon visible. If not, click on "File".."Options".."Customize ribbon" and set the checkmark for "Developer"
3. Open the second project where you want to transfer the gantt chart settings to.
4. Click on "Organizer" in the "Devloper" ribbon. Select the first project at the pulldown on the lower left, select the second project on the lower right.
5. Now select the renamed view from the left and "copy" to the right.
6. In the second project select this view. Done!

Please let me know if you need additional help.

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Thomas

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I need to create the copy of the view in the same project. Can I do this directly, or would I have to follow the steps outlined above and then copy the view back into the original mpp?
Dr. Thomas HenkelmannDirector Consulting Services
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ah, then you can surely just copy inside the same project. But a stupid question: what for?

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I need an exact copy of the original view, with its bar styles, that I can modify (use smaller fonts, etc.)
Dr. Thomas HenkelmannDirector Consulting Services
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Got it - should work the way I described it. If not, please let me know. I tried and it works for me.
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Dg- please re-assign the points to Thausla if this works, I'll be using it too!
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NB: this approach does work if all the changes are to the 'bar styles' not directly modified on the gantt
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