Change the Color of Task Bars

The sheet owner and shared collaborators with Editor or Admin access to a sheet can manually change the color the task bar. Task bars are the bars that are displayed horizontally in Gantt and Calendar Views, and vertically on the left side of cards in Card View.

To change the color of a task bar:

  1. Right-click on the task bar. (Depending on your view, this is either: an individual Gantt bar, or calendar event bar, vertical color bar on a card)
  2. If you are in Gantt View or Calendar View, select Color Settings to bring up the color palette.

    If you are in Card View, the color palette will appear immediately after you right-click on the task bar.
     
  3. Select your desired color. The task bar color will change instantly to your selection.
     
  4. Click the Save button on the toolbar to save your color change to the sheet.

NOTES:

  • These options aren't available in the Gantt or Calendar view of a report. The color you see in the report reflects the color of the Gantt or Calendar within the associated sheet.
  • You can select multiple calendar or Gantt bars by pressing [Ctrl] or [Shift] on your keyboard, then dragging them all to a new location. Doing so will change the dates in the column to reflect the new position on the calendar or Gantt chart.
  • To set a default color for your calendar and Gantt bars, apply Colors & Logo to your account. All new sheets created afterwards will inherit the selected color. You can find more information on this here in our Help Center.
  • You can use the Conditional Formatting button on the toolbar to set up rules that automatically apply colors to Gantt and calendar bars based on criteria. Check out the Help Center article on Conditional Formatting for more information.
  • When dependencies are enabled, the color of parent row Gantt and calendar bars will always be grey and this can’t be changed. Details on the dependencies functionality can be found here in our Help Center.
  • When you enable critical path, a red border is applied around the Gantt bars to visually indicate the sequence of tasks that must be completed on time in order for the project to finish by its due date. The color of the border can't be changed. More information on this is available in our Help Center article on Tracking a Project's Critical Path.