You might have noticed when you went to create a new document that you could choose a Gantt chart template via the Tables category. This might be a good option for you if you’re not really familiar with what a Gantt chart looks like and just want to take a look at all the elements. However, we highly recommend starting with a blank canvas and use the shape library you imported.
You created this amazing new diagram where you’ve customized all the text, colors, and layout. Why not just create your own custom Gantt Chart template? You didn’t go through the whole process of setting all of this up just to click exit and never see it again, right? Creating a custom Gantt chart template in draw.io puts a lot of power and efficiency into your diagramming hands. It’s something you can keep using, again and again, requiring you only to adapt the text to suit your next project.
We wrote a whole post on how to set up your template so that each time you create a new diagram it appears in the dialog box along with the other templates. This template can also be made available to your team so that you can all collaborate. This gives all of you control over one chart that you can work on together and maintain an overview of how your project is going.
Defining your needs
We want to give you as many ways as possible to make draw.io your own. If you are unsure as to whether or not you should create a custom template or a custom library, we would say that it depends completely on your needs.
A custom template would be more useful if you have tasks and timelines that repeat at regular intervals. If your tasks are the same in May as it will be through to December, you would benefit more from creating a template. The next time you want to create a new diagram, your custom template will be ready to go via the template manager.
Do you only occasionally need a Gantt chart because you don’t have projects that repeat at regular intervals? Or perhaps you only need to create Gantt charts once in a while for a presentation or an information page. Then learning how to create a custom library with our step-by-step guide might be the better route for you. This gives you the opportunity to break out of a static template. Keep in mind that a custom library will then become available to everyone making it collaborative. They can do this by selecting + more shapes at the bottom of the shape library section and scroll down to custom libraries where you can activate the checkbox.