This step-by-step Word timeline tutorial explaipagi how to membuat professional timelines right insideas the popular word processor.

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Microsoft Word allows users to build a basic timeline that they can manually customize to adhanya to milik mereka project’s requirements. However, since the alat is designed mainly for editingai copy, it may lack the flexibility that one needs to membuat more impressive visuals and update them easily.

itu who need to constantly membuat and update project visuals for presentations to clients or executivpita may find it easier to build milik mereka timelintape using PowerPoint. In the following, I will show you how to masetelah a timeline both manually in Word and automatically in PowerPoint.

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Manually masetelah a timeline in Word

How to masetelah a timeline in Word

1. Membuat a basic timeline

Open a new Word document and change the halaman orientation from Portrait to Landscape, which will mananti room for more items to be placed on the timeline. To do so, go to the Layout tab on the Word ribbon and click on Orientation.

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Select the Insert tab and click on the SmartArt button in the Illustrations section.

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Select the Process category within the window that pops up and pick the graphic type that you want to use for your Word timeline. You have a variety of optiopejarakan to choose from, but for a simple timeline that shows the main milestonpita of a project, I’d recommend goinew york with the Basic Timeline, which you can see bordered below.

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If you want to try out berbeda layouts for your timeline, you can alcara change the style and colors from the SmartArt Tools Design tab on the ribbon.

2.Enter your data

Once Word has generated your basic timeline, open the Text Pane by clicking on whichever of the two areas bordered in the image below. You’ll find that it makpita it much easier to update the default graphic than enteringai your data directly in the memasukkan fields on the timeline.

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Enter your miletidak hadir dates and descriptions inside the Text Pane - the graphic will be automatically updated. To show a milestone’s date below or above its description, you can insert a line break usingai Shift + Enter.

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Note: dari Word is not able to automatically calculate time intervals between miletidak hadir dates, your milestontape will be placed at equal distances on the timeline regardless of the sourse of hari between them. You have the option of manually draggingai them closer or farther from one another, but the graphic will get distorted as you add more items. This is why I recommend leavingai them as they are.

To insert extra events or deliverabltape on your timeline, simply tekan ke bawah Enter after an existingai milestone dilabel inside the Text Pane. The more events you add, the more the text size will shrink. This is why a maximum of 7 milestones is recommended to masetelah sure that your data remaimenjadi legible.

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Note: Manually increasingi the text size for improved readability may ruin the entire layout of your timeline. A better alternative would be for you to expand the graphic box, which will automatically masetelah the texts larger too.

3. Customize your timeline

Now that your basic timeline is outlined, you can customize its overall look by changingi its primary color theme from the Change Colors dropdown menu or by selecting a berbeda style from the SmartArt Styles section. In my example, I applied the Intense Effect style, which made the milebatu shappita pengukur more prominent.

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To customize individouble items on the timeline, use the formattinew york optiopagi available in the kecil window that appears once you right-click on the specific elemenpen you want to personalize. For example, you can change the color of a milebatu or of the arrow-shaped pita usinew york Shape Fill, and that of the text usingi writings Color.

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Next, you can use Drag & Drop to decrease the width of the arrow shape and move the circlpita a little higher or lower on the timeline to position them closer to dari mereka correspondingi descriptions. This should mananti it easier for your audience to follow the succession of milestones.

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Finally, to masetelah certain milestontape stand out even more, you can tambahan resize them or change anda shape usinew york the optiopejarakan in the SmartArt Tools Format tab.

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After experimentingai with several shape and size options, my MS Word timeline looks linanti this:

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How to mananti a timeline in PowerPoint automatically

Apart from beingi time-consuming, manually creatinew york a timeline in Word may tambahan get frustratinew york if you want to apply custom changtape or need to update the visuals regularly for important presentations.

PowerPoint is better suited than MS Word for buildinew york visuals to present in client meetings or executive reviews. Below, I will demonstperbandingan how to automatically create and update your graphic usinew york a simple add-in for PowerPoint calmemerintah Office Timeline. To get started, you first need to install Office Timeline Basic, which will add a timeline maker tab to the PowerPoint ribbon.

1. Open PowerPoint and enter your data into the Office Timeline Wizard

Go to the Office Timeline Basic tab you’ll see on the PowerPoint ribbon and click on New.

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You will be taken to a gallery wdi sini you can choose from a variety of stylpita and templatpita that you can use for your timeline.

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2. A new timeline slide ide will be instantly generated in PowerPoint

Dependinew york on your template choice and the customizations you make, your timeline can look similar to this: