How to use the Office Timeline for Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Office Timeline for Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Office Timeline is a free Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010,2013 and 2016 that quickly makes your timeline and project slides.  It only takes a few minutes to create a beautiful slide that you can present to management, colleagues, and customers.  All you have to do is enter your project data, and it builds a Gantt slide that you can customize to suit your presentation.

Download the Office Timeline here

How does Office Timeline for PowerPoint Work?

As soon as you install, an Office Timeline ribbon in PowerPoint becomes available and you can start creating your project plan by clicking the New button.  This launches the Office Timeline wizard which guides you through three steps.

You can watch video tutorials here available at the Office Timeline Website

The first step is to select the style of timeline you want to build. Choose between a Metro, Gantt, Phases or Interval style and then hit the Next arrow to begin entering your project data.

You will enter the date and description of your key project milestones. You can choose the color and style of milestone marker, for example a red triangle marker or blue flag marker. You can also choose which milestones will be positioned above or below the time band. When you are done, hit the Next arrow to enter your task information.

Now enter the start date and finish date of your key project tasks in the wizard. You can also choose the color and what shape you would like each task band to be. Once you have made your selection hit the Next arrow to customize your timeline.

Download the Free Edition Office Timeline template here Office Timeline Free Edition

To use unlimited Office Timeline Templates you will need to upgrade to Office Timeline Plus available at $59 (at the time of this blog post)

You will make most of your customizations in the Style wizard. The General Tab is focused on the time band, and it enables you to change colors, turn on the Elapsed Time display and position a Today Marker.  There is more you can do using the Style Wizard’s other tabs.  For example, on the Scale Tab, you can change the timeline scale to days, weeks, quarters, months or years, and on the Task Tab you can add horizontal or vertical task connectors and format them.  Now you are done, click the Check box and Office Timeline will build your presentation.

Once your timeline is built you can use the ribbon to make additional tweaks.  The Change button allows you to select another timeline style on the fly or change from a flat to a gel style.  From the ribbon you can also reposition your timeline higher or lower on the slide, move task text from left to right to center or change the way your dates are displayed.

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Acknowledgement: Some of the content in this post was adopted from Office Timeline Website. We are not affiliated to Office Timeline in any way. All logos belong to the respective owners. 

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