Create PowerPoint Timelines In Just 2 Minutes With Office Timeline
Even if you have been using MS PowerPoint since years, you might find it hard to create a project timeline creator. While one can create PowerPoint presentations quite easily by using ready-made templates, timelines are far more complex to create. Office Timeline is a powerful PowerPoint add-in that helps create visually appealing project timelines in just a matter of a few minutes.
For those of you who may be new to the concept of PowerPoint timelines, they are used to display the schedule of a project and contain details like the time of initiation of a project, milestones, as well as the expected time on completion.
To download this free add-in simply head over to the download link provided at the end of this post and enter some basic information about yourself. Once you have filled the form, you will be taken to the download page. When filling out the form, make sure that you select the correct PowerPoint Version (2007 or 2010) and operating system (Windows XP/Vista or Windows 7). As you might notice from the download page, this is a joint venture between the developers of Office Timeline and FPPT.
To install this add-in, launch the setup file and follow the on screen instructions. Make sure that MS PowerPoint is closed before initiating the installation process. After Office Timeline is installed, launch MS PowerPoint to begin creating your timeline by using the Office Timeline tab. This new tab will be automatically added after the installation wizard closes. To create a new Timeline click on the New button.
This will launch a wizard that can help you instantly create a project timeline. You can select an appropriate format in the first step of the wizard. The available styles include Standard, Gantt, Phases and Intervals.
In the next step, you will be asked to enter milestones. You can add milestone titles and change milestone colors to make the timeline more visually appealing and easy to understand.
After entering the milestones, you will require adding the intervals. When adding intervals, you can change the shape of each interval by clicking the Shape option next to the title (of each interval). Click Finish to create the timeline.
After your timeline is complete, you can edit it further by adding tables and altering the interval or milestones. You can also use the Bolt-Ons option to tweak the look of your timeline and make changes to e.g. the milestone date format by using the Settings option (Gear icon).
In case you would like to know more about how to use this add-in, you can head over to the About drop down menu from within the Office Timeline Tab and open video tutorials in your default browser. You can also find out more about this add-in from the video demo below.
While Office Timeline is a free PowerPoint add-in it also has some very powerful features in the paid version. The paid version of Office Timeline (Office Timeline Plus Private License) costs $39.90. You can also purchase the Office Timeline Business license worth $49 per license. The paid version of this add-in provides users with more enhanced options and additional flexibility regarding the creation of timelines. You can see the extra features of the paid version of this timeline creator here.