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In Microsoft Excel, you can create Gantt charts that show the task status for project planning and control. This article describes how to programmatically
generate this type of chart using a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications procedure.
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site:;EN-US;CNTACTMS (;en-us;cntactms) To create a Visual Basic for
Applications macro in Excel that you can use to create a Gantt chart, follow these steps:
1. Start Excel.
2. Press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor.
3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
4. Type or paste the following code in the Visual Basic module sheet:
5. Press ALT+F11 to return to Excel.
Using the Macro
To use the Gantt_chart macro, follow these steps:
1. In a new Excel worksheet, type the following values:
2. Select cells A2:D8.
3. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
4. Click Gantt_chart, and then click Run.
Option Explicit Sub Gantt_Chart() 'Define the variables. Dim rge As String Dim ValueAxisMinValue As Date Dim shtname As
String Dim Title As String, aChart As Chart 'Store the location of the data as a string. rge = Selection.Address()
'Store the start date for the chart. ValueAxisMinValue = Selection.Cells(2, 2).Value 'Ask user for the Chart title.
Title = InputBox("Please enter the title") 'Store the sheet name. shtname = ActiveSheet.Name 'Turn off screen updating.
Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'Create a chart located on a chart sheet. Set aChart = Charts.Add With
aChart .ChartWizard Source:=Sheets(shtname).Range(rge), _ Gallery:=xlBar, Format:=3, PlotBy:=xlColumns, _
CategoryLabels:=1, SeriesLabels:=1, HasLegend:=1, _ Title:=Title, CategoryTitle:="", ValueTitle:="", _ ExtraTitle:=""
'Remove the legend. .Legend.Delete 'Create and format the series. With .SeriesCollection(1) With .Border .Weight =
xlThin .LineStyle = xlNone End With .InvertIfNegative = False .Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone End With 'Modify the
category (x) axis. With .Axes(xlCategory) .ReversePlotOrder = True .TickLabelSpacing = 1 .TickMarkSpacing =
1 .AxisBetweenCategories = True End With 'Modify the value (y) axis. With .Axes(xlValue) .MinimumScale =
ValueAxisMinValue .MaximumScaleIsAuto = True .MinorUnitIsAuto = True .MajorUnitIsAuto = True .Crosses =
xlAutomatic .ReversePlotOrder = False .ScaleType = False .HasMajorGridlines = True .HasMinorGridlines = False End With
End With 'Turn screen updating back on. Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub
A1: B1: START C1: DAYS D1: DAYS A2: TASK B2: DATE C2: COMPLETED D2: REMAINING A3: TASK-1 B3: 1/1/91 C3: 150 D3: 15 A4:
TASK-2 B4: 5/1/91 C4: 21 D4: 31 A5: TASK-3 B5: 7/1/91 C5: 0 D5: 114 A6: TASK-4 B6: 10/1/91 C6: 0 D6: 4 A7: TASK-5 B7:
10/15/91 C7: 0 D7: 31 A8: TASK-6 B8: 11/1/91 C8: 0 D8: 2
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