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Timeline Examples

Your stakeholders are more likely to understand your project plans, operational processes and major events when they visualize them. Use these timeline examples to create accurate and convincing visuals that are the perfect addition to your important presentations, roadmaps, or business proposals. Download and edit the samples manually in PowerPoint or use the to update them with just a few clicks.

Clinical Timeline Example
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Here on this page, we’ve put together a diverse range of timeline models that cover various use cases, including a project timeline sample, a business plan timeline example, a sample workplan and timeline, as well as an event timeline example.

Offering a done-for-you solution that can be easily customized, our premade samples help you save considerable time and effort in planning your projects, tracking activities, or visualizing important events and milestones.

Project Timeline
Project Timeline Example

Free simple project timeline example to easily visualize all the critical project actions, deadlines and events from start to finish.

Project Management Timeline Example
Project Management Timeline

Generic project management timeline model with tasks organized in phases and timescale set in weeks.

Event Planning Timeline Example
Event Planning Timeline

An event timeline illustrating major activities and their deadlines on a single summary slide to help planners never lose sight of pending milestones.

Workplan Timeline Example
Workplan Timeline

A work plan timeline example for making a high-level presentation of how your strategy will be executed.

Business Plan Timeline Example
Business Plan Timeline

A dynamic timeline that uses color customization for milestones, tasks and KPIs to showcase synchronized efforts.

Historical Timeline Example
Historical Timeline

A static overview of a personality’s life that can serve as a model for other similar chronologies.


Frequently asked questions about timeline types and examples

What is an example of a timeline?

Timelines are displays of events arranged in chronological order.

Examples of timelines can be:

  • An overview of historical events;

  • A timeline of scientific discoveries;

  • A detailed agenda or itinerary;

  • A schedule of activities that conveys information such as milestones, due dates, and ongoing tasks for any project work.

Taking the form of a horizontal bar with events and dates listed along it, a timeline illustrates the evolution of these items over a certain period of time. Useful across all industries, timelines can help visualize complex information in an easy-to-understand manner for various types of project work such as:

  • Developing a new product or service;

  • Organizing a meeting;

  • Acquiring a new or modified data system;

  • Implementing a new business process.

To find examples of professional timelines that you can use for free, browse our collection of templates and make your own awesome timeline in minutes.

Example of a timeline

What types of timelines are there?

There are various types of timelines, categorized, among others, according to:

  • The form in which you choose to show your data - for example, horizontal or vertical timelines.

  • The degree of interaction - interactive or static timelines.

  • The nature of the data you want to illustrate – from chronological timelines, such as historical chronologies, to sequential timelines, cause and effect timelines, project roadmaps, and cross-functional swimlane diagrams.

To see various types of timelines, browse our collection of timeline examples. Choose the model you prefer, download it as a PowerPoint file, and easily customize it to best fit the specifics of your work.

Find even more ideas of timelines and the way to implement them easily with Office Timeline, our PowerPoint add-in that offers an extensive series of pre-built templates. To try it for free, just download and install the free trial, then automatically generate various types of timelines using your own data by importing it, copying it or manual data input.

Free timeline templates in Office Timeline

How do you draw a simple timeline?

A timeline is a simple way to represent and track the passage of time, a sequence of events, or to illustrate cause and effect situations.

You can draw a simple timeline by creating a list of events in chronological order and then drawing a line to connect the events. The most basic method is to use a straight line that can then be enriched with additional details as desired.

  1. First, decide what span of time you want to represent. This could be a period of days, weeks, months, years, or centuries.

  2. Then, draw a straight line, divided into equal intervals. These intervals can be of any length, but should be uniform throughout the timeline.

  3. Next, label the timeline with the dates or years that correspond to each interval. If you are tracking a specific event, you can also include brief descriptions of what happened during that time period.

  4. Finally, add any additional features that you want, such as images, colors, or charts. These can help to make your timeline more visually interesting and easier to understand.

If you want to draw a simple or a more complex, professionally designed timeline, you can try for free our Office Timeline PowerPoint add-in. You just need to download and install the free trial. With this tool, your timelines can look like one of these:

Examples of timelines you can create with Office Timeline

How do I present my timeline?

If you need to present a timeline, the easiest method is to include it in a PowerPoint presentation. There are a few different ways you can do it. You can use a built-in PowerPoint timeline template, or you can create your own timeline in PowerPoint using shapes and lines. For step-by-step instructions on how to create timelines in PowerPoint, check out this tutorial on how to make a timeline in PowerPoint.

If you are looking for ways to make your presentations stand out, include professional timelines. Build them easily with the help of our automated timeline maker, Office Timeline, an easy-to-use PowerPoint add-in that you can download and try for free. Or browse our collection of awesome timeline templates that you can download and use for free.

Timeline maker for PowerPoint

What is a chronological timeline example?

A chronological timeline shows a sequence of events in the order that they occurred. A chronological timeline example would start with the date of an event and then list all the events that happened leading up to that date in chronological order.

For example, a chronological timeline of an important period in the history of the United States would list the events in the order that they occurred, starting with the Plymouth Colony formation in 1620 and ending with the World War II.

Here is how a chronological timeline can look like:

Example of historical timeline in the downloadable timelines collection

This timeline was made with a professional timeline maker, the Office Timeline PowerPoint add-in. You can download and install the free trial here.

What are the key elements of a timeline?

Timelines can be used to visualize any type of information that can be arranged in a linear way, such as historical events, the age of different species of animals, or the steps in a process. A timeline typically includes a sequence of events, listed in chronological order, with each event being accompanied by a title or brief description.

An effective timeline includes some key elements, such as:

  1. A clear and concise format. This will ensure that your timeline is easy to follow and understand.

  2. Dates. Obviously, a timeline requires dates in order to track the progression of events over time.

  3. Descriptions. In addition to dates, each event should also have a short description so that readers can easily see what happened and when.

  4. Images or illustrations. Visual aids can be very helpful in understanding a timeline and visually distinguishing between different items, especially if there are complex concepts involved.

The most basic timelines simply use a line to connect the events, with the earliest event on the left and the most recent event on the right. More complex timelines may use different symbols or colors to represent different types of events and may include additional information.

Timeline with tasks, milestones, and swimlanes

The timeline above was created with a professional timeline maker, Office Timeline, a PowerPoint add-in that automatically generated beautiful timelines. Once created, timelines can be saved as PowerPoint slides, PDFs or images, and used in a presentation with any of your preferred Microsoft Office tools. To try this tool for free, download and install the free trial here.

How do you make a good timeline in PowerPoint?

Effective timelines require a few key elements: clear and concise text, strong visual elements, and a logical flow. Here are some tips to help you create a timeline that will engage and inform your audience:

  1. Start by outlining your timeline. What are the key points you want to communicate? Work backwards from your end goal to determine the steps needed to get there.

  2. Include clear start and end dates for each phase or event in your timeline.

  3. Include brief descriptions of each milestone or event.


  4. Use relevant images or videos. Strong visual elements help guide your audience through the timeline. Colors, shapes, and icons highlight the key points better. Animation and transitions add interest and movement to your timeline.

  5. Test your timeline before you share it with your audience. Make sure it flows logically and that all the elements are easy to understand.

For step-by-step instructions on how to create timelines in PowerPoint from scratch, check out our tutorial on how to make a timeline in PowerPoint. If you’re looking for a shortcut, you can use one of the built-in templates in PowerPoint and customize as needed.

Timeline templates in PowerPoint

For more professional timeline ideas and more inspiration for your work, check out our rich template collection. Download and use them for free to make your own awesome timeline.

The fastest and easiest way to create impressive, professional timelines in PowerPoint is to use an automated timeline maker such as the Office Timeline add-in. If you need to create a timeline quickly and don't have time to input data manually, this tool imports data automatically from project management software and it also offers you the option to copy-paste data from Excel, or to input it manually. You can try this tool for free, just download and install the free trial here.

What is a timeline in a project?

Developing a timeline for a project can be a helpful way to stay organized and on track. When creating a timeline, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. First, identify the start date and end date for the project.

  2. Then, break down the project into smaller tasks and estimate how long each task will take.

  3. Once you have a list of tasks and estimated timeframes, you can start to put together a timeline.

  4. If you're working with a team on a project, it can be helpful to create a timeline that includes milestones for each team member. This way, everyone knows what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

With the help of a timeline, you can also track progress and identify any potential bottlenecks.

Creating a timeline for a project may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be this way. With a professional tool such as Office Timeline, your presentation is ready in just a few clicks. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint add-in that can help you skyrocket your productivity and save you a lot of time. You can give it a try, download and install the free trial here.

Project swimlane template made with Office Timeline

How do you make a timeline for a school project?

A timeline is a great way to organize and visualize information for a school project. Creating a timeline helps you organize and visualize information. By including key events and dates, you can see the sequence of events and better understand cause and effect.

Here are some tips for creating a timeline for your school project:

  1. Choose a format. You can create a timeline as a list, chart, or even a mind map.

  2. Decide what information to include. A timeline should include key events and dates. You may also want to include other important information such as names, places, and descriptions.

  3. Organize your information. Once you have gathered all of your information, you will need to organize it in a logical order. This can be chronological, cause and effect, or another order that makes sense for your project.

  4. Create your timeline. Use a specially designed tool or draw your own timeline from scratch in Microsoft Office tools such as Word or PowerPoint or Excel. Learn how to draw a timeline using your preferred Microsoft Office tool.

  5. Add visuals. Adding visuals to your timeline can make it more engaging and easier to understand. You can use photos, illustrations, and even videos.

Example of timeline for school project

The timeline above was created with the help of Office Timeline, a professional timeline maker that works with PowerPoint and that you can download and install for free.

To find more templates and inspiration for your work, browse our collection of timeline examples.

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