Primavera P6 Bar Labels Explained

Primavera P6 Bar Labels
Primavera P6 Bar Labels

Activities are represented as bars in the Primavera P6 Gantt Chart View. Primavera P6 Bar Labels window can be used to filter bars, create new bar labels and customize each label. Bar labeling features are helpful for changing the color, pattern and the height of the bars in order to to distinguish diffrent types of activities. Bars showing different activity types such as level of effort, milestone, task dependent can also be displayed, filtered or customized. In this article we will review Primavera P6 Bar Labels.

Primavera P6 Bar Labels

Select View | Bars in the main drop down menu at the top of the screen. This will display the Bars window in below figure. (Figure 1)

Figure 1 Bars
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 1 Bars

Primavera P6 enables you to use many different types of bars to represent different kinds of activitiy types and activity status. For example level of effort activity bar color may be different than actual work bars or remaining work bar pattern may be stripe. You can also display or hide each type or bar bay clicking display or hide switch. (Figure 2)


Figure 2 Display or Hide Bar
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 2 Display or Hide Bar

Several timescale options are available for each bar. You can select timescale option from a drop down menu and the timescale can be remain bar, actual bar, current bar, early bar etc. as shown in the Figure 3.

Figure 3 Timescale Options
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 3 Timescale Options

The preview column shows how the bar look like. You can customize the color, pattern, shape and height of the bars as shown in the Figure 4.

Figure 4 Bar Preview
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 4 Bar Preview

You can also change other features by clicking the Options button on the Bars window. (Figure 5)

Figure 5 Options
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 5 Options

Relationships and legend can be shown, sight lines can be customized and the progress line can be cutomized by using the Bar Chart Options Window. (Figure 6)

Figure 6 Bar Chart Options
Primavera P6 Bar Labels – Figure 6 Bar Chart Options


Primavera P6 Bar Labels feature enables to modify the activity bars or create new bar types. It is a flexible tool to demonstrate different activity types and activity status clearly.


See Also

Primavera P6 Relationships

Primavera P6 Resource Curves

Primavera P6 Work Breakdown Structure

Assigning Expenses in Primavera P6

Primavera P6 Adding Activities and Activity Types

Creating Four Week Look Ahead Schedule in P6

Primavera P6 Activity Codes: Creating and Assigning

Primavera P6 Resources: Creating and Assigning


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