How to Make a Quick & Easy Timeline

By Emmanuelle Douglas

Time lines are used to illustrate events that take place during a period of time. They can be created by using time line templates that exist on your computer or online template galleries. The templates can be updated with your events and saved for future reference. Microsoft, Google and OpenOffice all have free templates that are available for download. Select the template that represents your time line need and modify it so it represents your time line.

Microsoft Excel

Step 1

Open Excel on your computer and select “New.” Type “Timeline” in the search box and hit the "Start Searching" arrow. Review the time lines that appear. Preview the time line by clicking the time line image and reviewing it in the right task pane.

Step 2

Download the template by clicking the image and the “Download” icon in the right task pane. The template opens in Excel.

Step 3

Edit the information text boxes by highlighting the default text and adding your timed event information. Update the date text boxes by highlighting the default text and typing your time line date information.

Step 4

Save the time line by clicking the “Save” icon in the Quick Access Toolbar.

Google Documents

Step 1

Go to the Google Documents website (see Resources). Type “Timeline” in the search box. Click “Search Templates.” Review the time line templates that appear. Download the template by clicking the “Use This Template” button.

Step 2

Edit the information text boxes by highlighting the default text and adding your timed event information. Update the date text boxes by highlighting the default text and typing your time line date information.

Step 3

Save the time line by clicking “File” and “Save.”

OpenOffice

Step 1

Go to the OpenOffice website (see Resources). Type “Timeline” in the search box. Click on "Search." Review the time line templates that appear. Download the template by pressing the “Use It!” button.

Step 2

Edit the information text boxes by highlighting the default text and adding your timed event information. Update the date text boxes by highlighting the default text and typing your time line date information.

Step 3

Save the time line by clicking “File” and “Save.”

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