Best Timeline Creators For Creating Awesome Timelines

When creating a timeline for a project or important event, it is best to use helpful tools or templates so that the timeline can be created accurately without any kind of miscalculations or flaws. One way of doing this is to use PowerPoint templates, such as the Workplan or Arrow PowerPoint timeline template. However, if the requirements of your timeline are too complex, then it might be worth using more comprehensive tools instead of a simple template. For this reason we have compiled a list of some of the best timeline creators that can be used for creating robust timelines, instead of having to create one from a blank timeline template.

Google Slides Timeline Creator

Update 2020: Most of the timeline creator tools reviewed in this article are no longer available. However, at this time there are new timeline makers and tools that can help you to make timelines for your projects and presentations.

Google Slides has a great feature to create timelines for your presentations with no hassle.

Timeline Creator using Google Slides

To use it, open a new Google Slides document or visit website.

Then, Insert a Diagram using Insert -> Diagram menu option. Choose Timeline and select the timeline style that you want to use.


If you’re looking to create a professional timeline for work or personal use, look no further than Preceden. With numerous export options and an easy to use interface, Preceden let will help you create and share a great looking timeline in minutes. Preceden is free to try with paid versions available for unlimited access.

Go to Preceden

Office Timeline

Office Timeline for Microsoft Office and PowerPoint

If you are looking for a PowerPoint add-in that can help you create attractive timelines then the best option is to use Office Timeline. This powerful add-in for MS PowerPoint has been designed to make the complex task of creating elaborate timelines easy. In fact, with Office Timeline you can create a comprehensive project timeline in just a few minutes.


OfficeTimeline add-in for PowerPoint provides a timeline creation wizard that allows adding basic information regarding a project which is then translated into a timeline. For more details, check out our review of OfficeTimeline.


Timelines can also be created with the help of web services such as TimeGlider. While it is not as elaborate as one might like, however TimeGlider can get the job done for you if you require creating timelines for educational projects (e.g. a history timeline for a history project). You can create free timelines by simply heading over to the TimeGlider website from where you can not only create free timelines but also collaborate with friends and publish zooming timelines.

Go to TimeGlider

Example of Timeglider Timeline created with Legend and showing business people like Warren Buffet and Bush

Timeline PowerPoint Templates

If you don’t want to rely on a Timeline Creator, you can use the tools you already know how to use, like PowerPoint, to create awesome templates. Moreover, online you can find free and premium Timeline templates for PowerPoint and Google Slides that are pre-designed with any given number of milestones or steps and will help you to prepare timeline slides in minutes, without hassle. Here is an example of a timeline template available in SlideModel.

Snake Diagram Timeline Template for PowerPoint

In conclusion, we can see there are plenty of different tools that we can use to make timelines and roadmap illustrations for our PowerPoint presentations, Keynote as well as other 3rd party timeline tools with animations, transitions and nice effects. The final choice will depend on many different factors: if we are creating a PowerPoint presentation or PPT template, if we want to show the presentation embedded in a website or blog, or if we want to print the timeline in a document.

Download free PowerPoint templates with timelines and timeline templates for presentations.

Go to Free Timeline Templates

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