Using WORD to make a GANTT chart
There are two ways of doing this. One is to use tables and the other is to use text boxes.
Gantt Charts using Tables
A template for this is in Template Word Gantt 1.
- This approach uses the WORD tables. It is best to activate the
Tables and Borders toolbar by going to View, Toolbars, and clicking
Tables and Borders.
- To use the template, Change the months to suit the project and
type in the activities to be carried out
- To create a table from fresh, go to "Insert Table" in your
document and adjust as in the example above.
- For each activity, colour the appropriate cells using the Fill
tool in the Tables and Borders toolbar above.
- You can then create a simple Gantt chart similar to the one
- Copy it and paste it into your project plan
Gantt Charts using Text Boxes
A template for this is in Template Word Gantt 2.
To create the above:
- Go to
the "Table" menu, select "Insert Table", and create a table of 9
columns (the number of months needed) by 2 rows.
- The first row is the heading.
Type in the months May to Jan making each
"Bold". Then select the whole row and select grey from "Shading
Colour" in the Tables toolbar.
- Then resize the second row to the depth shown. (Cursor over the bottom
line of the second row until it changes to a resizing cursor and then drag the
- Then create the text boxes with text and colouring as described on the
previous page for STAGES. Stretch each to represent the time needed for that
activity and drag them around the chart to put them in
Note: You may well need to change the Wrapping Style on the text box to get it to float over the table - select the box, go to (Format - Text Box - Wrapping) and select None.