Grid Options

In NetPoint, a horizontal grid system guides the placement of all activities, delays, milestones, benchmarks, and hammocks. Although they can be temporarily positioned between grids while selected, they will always snap to the nearest grid as soon as they’re deselected. Info objects, shades and shapes, notepads, and text boxes, however, are free to be positioned anywhere on the canvas.

Grids provide an important reference point for objects on the canvas. In addition, they can be strategically used for improving the look and layout of the network. For example, the amount of space between grids can be adjusted, and grids can be added or removed.

Grid spacing determines how much vertical space there is between adjacent horizontal grid lines, but it will not actually stretch the canvas (increase or decrease its height). The maximum allowed value is determined by the current size of the page and the positions of existing objects within the canvas. The grid spacing can only be increased if the bottom grid is unoccupied. If objects already reside on the bottom grid, they must be moved higher in order to increase grid spacing.

NOTE: The default grid spacing of 0.500 inches allows activities with single line descriptions to be displayed with both the duration and the float block, without the chance of any text overlapping (using a small global text size). A grid spacing of 0.350 inches allows activities with single line descriptions to be displayed with either the duration or the float block (but not both), without the chance of any text overlapping (using a small global text size). Values smaller than 0.350 should only be used to customize advanced schedule layouts, because they may cause numerous text collisions unless activities are placed more than 1 grid apart.

Steps

Changing the Grid Spacing

  1. With the Select Tool Select Tool Icon chosen in the toolbar, click the small grey box at either the far right or left edge of the canvas of any grid.
  2. Drag the cursor up (to decrease spacing) or down (to increase spacing) until it changes to a double-sided arrow and a decimal value appears.
  3. When satisfied, let go of the mouse.

or,

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Formatting tab.
  2. Next to Grid Spacing, click the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the value accordingly.
  3. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.

Adding/Removing Grids

  1. With the Select Tool Select Tool Icon chosen in the toolbar, right-click immediately above the desired grid.
  2. Choose Insert Grid at # or Remove Grid # accordingly.

NOTE: Grids that contain objects cannot be removed.

Lining Up Activities

  1. With the Select Tool Select Tool Icon chosen in the toolbar, click the activity that you want subsequently selected activities to align to.
  2. Press and hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard and select additional activities. Alternatively, you can click on a blank portion of the canvas and drag a rectangular marquee box around all the activities, so long as they are next to each other.
  3. Click Objects > Line Up Activities in the menu bar.

NOTE: If no activity is selected first (e.g.. a group is only selected by drawing a box around them), then the activities will align to the grid of whichever activity was added to the canvas first.

Hiding/Showing Grid Numbers

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Displays tab.
  2. Next to Grid Numbers, check or uncheck the box to show or hide grid numbers respectively.
  3. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.

Changing Layout Spacing

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Formatting tab.
  2. Next to Intermediate Grids, choose Single for no intermediate grids between active grids, Double for one intermediate grid between active grids, and Triple for two intermediate grids between active grids.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.