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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Changing the Way Text Looks

Different Gantt Chart views may show the critical path in red or slack time as narrow green lines, but text appears in the same old Arial 8-point font. Project text styles make it easy to format text for different categories of information like row and column headings, text for critical tasks, or text at the same position on task bars.

Whether you want to emphasize critical tasks with bold red letters or your tired eyes beg for larger text, you can use text styles to change formatting quickly, and keep formatting consistent. Choose the type of information to format (headings, milestones, and so on) and the text formatting you want (font, font size, font style, color, and the new Project 2007 feature background color). Or, you can reformat a single string of text for special emphasis, like the "Manager of the Year" caption under your boss's picture. This section explains how to do both.

Changing Categories of Text

Project text styles are watered-down versions of their Word cousins: Project doesn't let you change as many text characteristics. Just as a heading style in Word changes all the headings in a document, a text style drapes itself over every occurrence of text in its category. Set the text style for milestone tasks to bold green Blackadder ITC font, and the text for every milestone task follows suit. If a task or resource no longer fits the category, then Project takes care of adjusting the text formatting. Here's how to format text using text styles: ...

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