How Office Timeline Makes IT Slides for PowerPoint

In Information Technology communicating project plans is a critical. Successful projects start with a clear timeline showing the target dates for your important milestones, and the tasks required to achieve them. Office Tools like Microsoft Visio and Excel are good, but extremely difficult at making professional looking timelines that your team, clients and management expect to see. Heavy Project tools, like Microsoft Project, produce overly complex gantt images which are not compatible with PowerPoint or suitable for high level presentations. The post below shows how to easily build and update these project timeline slides with a free PowerPoint add-in called Office Timeline.

Until now building a professional looking IT plan or project timeline in PowerPoint has been a difficult, and time-consuming task. Additionally when an IT schedule slips more effort is required to change the project slide. Templates are helpful however they are static and become difficult to update or change. Office Timeline solves these problems.

Office Timeline is a free, lightweight PowerPoint add-in that makes it easy to build and manage graphical IT project slides

Office Timeline is a free project presentation tool for PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013. It was created to make it very simple to design, build and maintain professional IT project slides for customers and management reviews. Since it is a lightweight PowerPoint add-on, it builds these IT slides natively in PowerPoint so they are easy to communicate and share with your project stakeholders.

FPPT.com has teamed with Office Timeline to help your IT project reviews stand out amongst clients and managers. You can download the free Office Timeline PowerPoint plug in from http://fppt.com/officetimeline. Additionally, for a limited time, you can get a 10% discount on Office Timeline Plus when you use the promotion code. Find out more here.

How Office Timeline makes IT slides for PowerPoint Presentations

Here is a quick look at how it works. Download and install Office Timeline from http://fppt.com/officetimeline. Once installed it will add an Office Timeline tab (see image below) to your PowerPoint ribbon. Click New to launch the Office Timeline wizard which will guide you through a couple easy set-up and design steps.

timeline toolbar

Select the type of slide you want to build from several style types then click the Next arrow to begin entering your IT schedule and to customize it.

new timeline example

Enter the key Project Milestones and Tasks and set their dates or durations (in the Office Timeline Plus edition you can paste schedules directly from excel). Make some optional style choices such as changing the color or shape for each item. When you have finished click the Next arrow to choose customizations for your slide.

edit timeline in consulting project

Make Stylistic and design choices for how you want Milestones, Tasks, and Timeband, and Scaling to appear, then click the green Check to build your slide.

timeline styles

You are done and now have a great professional looking IT slide that will stand out in project reviews, proposals, kick-off meetings or executive presentations. At any time, you can make changes to the slide by simply clicking on the Milestone, Task or Style buttons on the ribbon. This will re-access the wizards and you can quickly update your data or change your design choices. Office Timeline will instantly rebuild your slide with those changes.

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