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Task manager user interface

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019

Task manager user interface

Task manager user interface

Task manager lists all the tasks included in the current Tekla Structures model and shows the timescale of your project.

To open Task manager , click Manage on the ribbon and then click Tasks.

The tasks and taskin the task manager, a representation of a piece of work that needs to be carried out in order to complete a project

properties are shown as a task listlist that displays task information belonging to a certain scenario

in a table. Task manager contains a set of default tasks that depend on the Tekla Structures environment. The default tasks contain the recommended settings. You can modify and delete the default tasks.

The Gantt chartdiagram that displays the schedule related to a scenario in a graphic form

shows the timescale of the project using the following symbols:

Symbol

Description

The task is not linked to any model object.

The task has planned start and end dates.

The task has actual start and end dates.

Shows the completeness of the task.

The task is a summary task.

Summary tasks can contain other summary tasks as subtasks.

Shows the dependency between tasks.

Shows a milestone.

The task is locked.

The task is marked as lockedin the task list.

Modify your Task manager view

You can modify the Task manager view to show the relevant task properties and the timescale.

To open Task manager , click Manage on the ribbon and then click Tasks.

To Do this

Show or hide the tasks

Click> Task List.

A check markin front of Task List indicates that the task list is shown.

Show or hide the Gantt chart

Click> Gantt Chart.

A check markin front of Gantt Chart indicates that the Gantt chart is shown.

Show or hide a task property in the task list

  1. Click> Task List Items.
  2. Select a task property to show or hide it.

A check markin front of the property indicates that the property is shown.

When you open Task manager the next time, the selections you made in the previous Task manager session are in use.

Show or hide a task property in the Gantt Chart

  1. Click> Gantt Chart Settings.
  2. Select a task property to show or hide it.

    Note that you must have the actual start and end dates defined for a task to show them in the Gantt chart.

A check markin front of the property indicates that the property is shown in the Gantt chart.

Change how dates and months are shown in Task manager

Task manager shows the dates and months as set in the Windows regional and language settings.

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Go to the Region and Language settings and select the format you want to use.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart Tekla Structures for the change to take effect.

Change the Gantt chart timescale

  1. Click.
  2. Select a timescale option.

Fit to the project automatically selects the appropriate timescale option to show the whole project schedule in the Gantt chart.

You can also change the timescale by dragging the mouse on the Gantt chart. Hold down the right mouse button and drag the mouse to the left to make the timescale narrower, and to the right to make the timescale wider.

Zoom in the Gantt chart

  • To zoom to a task in the Gantt chart, select a task in the task list and press Ctrl + 1.
  • To zoom to the whole scenario, press Ctrl + 2.
  • To place the Gantt chart symbol of the selected task in the middle of the chart, press Ctrl + 3.

Change the size of the buttons in Task manager

Click> Large icons.

Change the colors of Gantt chart symbols

  1. Click> Set Colors.
  2. Click the color you want to change.
  3. Select a color.
  4. Click OK.

Keep the Task manager dialog box on top of other windows on your screen

Click> Stay on top.

Modify the calendar in Task manager

Task manager has a calendar that is used when calculating the task length. You can modify the calendar by adding, modifying and removing holidays and other non-working periods.

Non-working periods change the task duration automatically but they do not change the planned or actual end dates of a task. This means that the workload of the task may change. For example, adding an extra non-working day for a one-week task changes the duration from 5 to 4 days increasing the workload of one day. Weekends are by default non-working periods.

To open Task manager , click Manage on the ribbon and then click Tasks.

To Do this

Set the length of the working day

  1. Click> Non-working Periods....
  2. Type the working hours in the From and To boxes.
  3. Click Set working day.
  4. Click OK.

Add non-working periods to the calendar

  1. Click> Non-working Periods....
  2. Click Add.
  3. Type a descriptive name in the Name box.
  4. Select the Start date and the End date.
  5. Set the Recurrence frequency to non-recurring, weekly or yearly.
  6. Set the Range of recurrence for recurrent non-working periods.
  7. Click OK.

To modify a non-working period, select a period in the Non-working Periods dialog box and click Modify.

To delete a non-working period, select a period in the Non-working Periods dialog box and click Remove.

Import a holiday file from Microsoft Outlook

  1. Click> Non-working Periods....
  2. Click Import Holidays....
  3. Browse for the holiday file.
  4. Select the country from the list.
  5. Click OK.

Import a calendar

You can import a calendar from Microsoft Project, for example.

Note:

The imported calendar overrides the existing calendar in Task manager.

  1. Click> Import....
  2. Browse for the file to import.
  3. Select the Import calendar option.
  4. Click OK.

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