Adding text to crowded schedules

Symbol Text - best for dense schedules

With symbol text, you can enter up to 3 lines of text with any symbol on your schedule. The example below, shows a symbol with 3 lines of symbol text:

 

 
Adjust the location of the symbol text:
Simple keyboard shortcuts make adjusting the placement of your symbol text easy.

1 Click the Arrow tool in the toolbox.
2 On the schedule, click once on the symbol with the text.
3 Hold down the ALT key.
4 Click the arrow keys to move the text around.  The left and right arrows will move the text horizontally while the up and down arrows will move the text vertically.

 
Navigate to another symbol:
Sometimes, on a dense schedule, it may be difficult to select the symbol you want to adjust.  By using the keyboard, it may be easier to access symbols in a very crowded area:
1 Click the Arrow tool in the toolbox.
2 On the schedule, click once on any symbol near the symbol you want to change.
3 Use the left and right arrow keys to move to other symbols on the task row.  Use the up and down arrow keys to move to a symbol on a different row.
 
Make the symbol text appear at an angle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Under Tools | Options | View/Display)   

It’s possible to show symbol text at an angle. Simply double-click a symbol on the schedule and check “Draw Text at Angle” on the Text tab of the Symbol Properties dialog.  The default angle is set to 45 degrees. It can be changed under Tools | Options | View/Display.

Text above and in the middle of the symbol will be drawn up from the symbol at a 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 135, or 150-degree angle. Alternately, if the text is below the symbol it is drawn down at -30,-45, -60, -90, -120, -135, or -150 degrees. Any text greater than 90 degrees is reversed so that it is not upside-down.

Note: When the “Draw Text at Angle” selection is active, the following constraints happen automatically:

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Only a single line of text is drawn regardless of how many are in the symbol.

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No text box is drawn even if selected in the Toolbox for this symbol type.

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The “Force background color” option under Tools | Options | View/Display is ignored. The degrees setting defaults to 45 degrees. It can be changed under Tools | Options | View/Display

Vertically move symbol text (AKA remote text)

The First example three symbols on the second row which have overlapping symbol text.  This problem is easily solved using a new technique which creates a comment symbol and vertical link with easy mouse operations. 

Here is the the result using the new technique.

How to vertically move symbol text:

1.

Click the Arrow tool in the ToolBox.

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On the schedule, click once on the symbol with the text.

3.

Hold down the CTRL and the T keys.

4.

Click and drag to move the symbol and its text to another task row. The first time this operation is initiated the Symbol Text Move Settings box will appear. 

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If the Symbol Text Move Settings box appears, choose a symbol.  The best type to choose is a null, or blank symbol.

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If the Symbol Text Move Settings box appears, choose a symbol.  The best type to choose is a null, or blank symbol.  Also, choose a vertical connection type to use for the remote text.

Adjust the symbol date and/or text position with the keyboard:

1.

Click the Arrow tool in the ToolBox.

2.

On the schedule, click once on the symbol with the text or date to move.

3.

Hold down the ALT and CTRL keys to move the date, or just ALT to move the text.

4.

Click the arrow keys to move the text around.  The text will move as you click the arrow keys.