Try These Shortcuts to Move and Change the Timescale in Project’s Gantt Chart View

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated June 11, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Project® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Standard and Professional)

The timescale in the Gantt Chart view appears on the right side and displays units of time. The default is weeks with days below. You can change the timescale in a number of ways. For many users, clicking on the plus or minus sign on the bottom right of the screen is the standard method for zooming in and out and changing the timescale.

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The following are 10 useful keyboard shortcuts you can use to change the timescale in the Gantt Chart view (and other similar views).

1. Show smaller time units

Press Ctrl +  /.

2. Show larger time units

Press Ctrl + * (asterisk) on the numeric keyboard or Ctrl + Shift + 8 on the standard keyboard.

3. Display the bar or diamond in the Gantt Chart for the current task

Press Ctrl + Shift + F5.

4. Move the timescale to beginning of the project

Press Alt + Home.

5. Move the timescale to end of the project

Press Alt + End.

6. Scroll the timescale left

Press Alt + left arrow.

7. Scroll the timescale right

Press Alt + right arrow.

8. Move the timescale left one screen

Press Alt + Page Up.

9. Move the timescale right one screen

Press Alt + Page Down.

10. Access the Zoom dialog box

To access the Zoom dialog box in the Ribbon, press Alt > W > Q > Z.

Do not hold down Shift and do not press these keys at the same time, instead press them in order – Alt then W then Q then Z.

This displays the Zoom dialog box with the very useful Reset button. You can also set a custom zoom level here.

Zoom dialog box in Microsoft Project.

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