How to Make a Gantt Chart in
There is a lot of Project Management software available to manage projects, but these tools create complex schedules that are often too confusing for executive reporting or client reviews.
Google Docs are easily editable and accessible from the cloud, which makes them useful for collaborating on projects. Although there is no native Google apps solution for project management, Google spreadsheets is perfectly suitable for tracking project schedules. When it comes time to presenting those schedules to customers or management, you will need to create a Gantt chart.
I will show you how to easily create a simple Gantt chart in Google Docs. If you have access to Microsoft PowerPoint, I will show you how to turn your Google Docs data into a beautiful Gantt chart or timeline, which may be better suited for project reporting. The short video at the bottom of the page demonstrates how to do this.
Below I will demonstrate how to manually create a simple Gantt chart in Google Docs. If you wish to create more professional visuals for high-level presentations, I will show you how to instantly turn your data into a beautiful Gantt chart using a free browser-based tool called Office Timeline Online.
How to manually make a Gantt chart in Google Docs
How to make a Gantt chart automatically with Office Timeline Online
The Timeline View is where the real magic happens. Here you can personalize everything with a few clicks – you can instantly change any font, color, shape, position or date format, or add extra details such as Today's Date or Elapsed Time. In my final Gantt chart below, you can see I've played with different milestone sizes and shapes, formatted fonts, and switched on the Percent Complete indicator for tasks.
With a free Office Timeline Online account, your Gantt chart will be automatically saved in the cloud, so you can access and update it easily whenever needed. Drag & drop tasks and milestones in Timeline View to adjust their dates on the fly, or use the Data View to edit, add or remove items effortlessly. When ready to present your Gantt chart, you can download it as a .png image or as a native PowerPoint slide with all objects fully editable.