How to Create a Horizontal Timeline

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How to Create a Horizontal Timeline
Excel, PowerPoint and Word can insert horizontal timelines to display a sequence. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word 2010 contain timeline templates, including horizontal timelines. A horizontal timeline displays graphics and concise text to represent a project's process. A horizontal timeline that runs from left to right can give an orderly, step-by-step look. The "Insert" tab on the command ribbon includes a "SmartArt" command. The "SmartArt" list includes the "Process" group of timeline graphics. Examples of horizontal timelines include simple process and picture accent process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the document.

  2. 2

    Click the "Insert" tab on the command ribbon.

  3. 3

    Click the "SmartArt" button in the "Illustrations" group. A dialogue window appears.

  4. 4

    Click the "Process" command. The graphics for timelines appear.

  5. 5

    Select a graphic, such as simple process, closed chevron process or picture accent process. These examples display a horizontal progression from left to right. The graphic appears on the Word document.

  6. 6

    Resize or move the graphic on the document. Point over the resize arrows or click the pull handles that frame the graphic.

  7. 7

    Type the text, such as a date, event or deadline, between the square brackets in the text boxes.

  8. 8

    Save this Word document.

Tips and warnings

  • The "Design" tab in the SmartArt Tools ribbon can add entries to the horizontal timeline. Click the "Add Shape" button in the "Create Graphic" group.

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