Changing the date format on Gantt chart bars

A while back I posted about how you can change the format of dates in Project. The post showed how easily you could change the format of the dates within the main data entry window of Project. One of my readers pointed out that this was not reflected in the Gantt chart bat text automatically, as you can see below.

Entry date format doesn't match the bar date format

Changing the format of these dates is just as simple as changing the other date formats. Either right click on the Gantt chart to bring up the context menu and select Layout.

Right click - Layout

Or on the Gantt Format ribbon choose Layout.

Gantt Format Ribbon -> Layout


This will bring up a dialog where you can customise how links are displayed between tasks, bar height and most importantly, the format of any dates on the various bars.

Layout dialog - Bar Date Format

Select the format you want and click ok. Your Gantt bars will now reflect your chosen format.

Matching date formats


How to change the Project Date Format

Recently a user asked on the forums about how to customise the date format of Project 2010 as it was not reflecting his localised regional settings by default.

Gantt Chart View

Project comes with a large set of predefined date formats that can be used throughout the application and will do its best to match one of these to the settings you have in your locale, but it can’t match all of them.

However setting the date format manually couldn’t be simpler, to do so,  choose File > Options > Date Format and select the format of the date you want to use, there are 21 different formats to choose from which should meet any of your customisation needs.

Project Options