How to create graphic indicator for Task Status in MS PROJECT 2013


here is the question from one of my Blog Reader: “Hi Nenad, You are a lifesaver my friend 🙂 many thanks .., Another question, is there anyway I can color-code the various statuses ? so if LATE then show in RED, on schedule Green and so on ..

Many thanks


Here is the answer in MS PROJECT 2013!

First, I’m going to create brand new Project:


I will add the Status field in my Project, as well:


Now I will set the Status date to Thursday, Feb 19th:


and I will get:


Now I’m going to create Custom field, step by step:


and then:








Value 1 means – On time, value 2 means – Late, and value 3 means – Future. Now I will show this custom field in Gantt Chart, and I will get:


It’s easy!





About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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2 Responses to How to create graphic indicator for Task Status in MS PROJECT 2013

  1. Nikki says:

    thank you.

  2. K.Gokulraj says:

    Where do we specify this 1 for On time, 2 means late and 3 means future?

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