If you want to be able to look at several sub-projects and all their tasks at the same time while you do your planning, then the Outline tab is the best place to do that.
You can use the “zooming” feature (also called hoisting in Outlining applications) to zoom-in on a specific project and only look at it’s sub-projects and their tasks together in one place.
For example, if you only want to see projects in the Work result area, you can use zooming to only view this particular branch of the outline.
- Select the row of the outline where you want to zoom in by clicking on the row header. This row will be the new root of the hierarchy after you zoom in. In this case, select the Work result area row
- Select the Outline->Zoom In command.
The outline should now be zoomed in on the Work result area, showing only its children. You can tell when the outline is zoomed because the caption of the outline grid displays the root of the zoom hierarchy.
Zoom: Work (Result Area)
If you want to see more of the hierarchy, you can use the Outline->Zoom Out and Outline->Clear Zoom commands.
- Zoom Out – This command zooms out by one increment to the parent of the current zoom root
- Clear Zoom – This command clears the zoom completely and returns the outline to its normal state
- Select the Outline->Clear Zoom command.
The normal outline should now be displayed once again.
You can zoom to a specific item in the Outline using the Outline -> Zoom to Item… command. This command displays a dialog box that lets you select the item that you want to use as the new zoom root in the Outline and is a handy way to switch from one zoom root to another.