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How to Create Timelines in PowerPoint

Updated March 23, 2017

If you want to create a timeline, you can use Microsoft PowerPoint to do so. You can access Microsoft Office Online through PowerPoint and on Microsoft Office Online, you can search for and download a timeline template. This saves a lot of time compared to creating a timeline from scratch. After you download the timeline template in PowerPoint, you can edit it and add the information you want displayed in the timeline.

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  1. Open PowerPoint and click the Office button. Select "New" when the Office menu opens. You can create a new presentation or search for a template here.

  2. Type "timeline" in the Microsoft Office Online search bar on the "New Document" window and press "Enter." A list of timeline templates will open.

  3. Scroll through the timeline templates available. If you want to see a larger version of a timeline, click the template name and a larger image of the timeline will show up in the pane to the left of the window.

  4. Select the timeline template you want to use and click "Download." The timeline template will download and open as a new presentation.

  5. Highlight and delete the sample text from the timeline. After you remove the sample text, enter the dates and information you want included in the timeline.

  6. Click the Office button and select "Save As." Enter a name for the timeline when the "Save As" window opens and click "Save."

  7. Tip

    If you want to insert the timeline you created as a slide in another presentation, right-click over the timeline slide from the slide overview. The slide overview is located to the left of the PowerPoint window. Select "Copy" from the menu that opens. Open the presentation you want to insert the timeline in, right-click over the slide overview and select "Paste." The timeline slide will be inserted in your presentation.

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About the Author

Erika Dean has been writing since 2000. She has published many articles for Demand Studios and enjoys writing about the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows OS, and the Internet (MySpace, Facebook, email). Dean has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop University and is a former English/language arts teacher.

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