Credit: Amberdawn 2011Do you need to know how to create a timeline for a business document, flier, or school project? Do you have Microsoft Word? Then you can! Word has data graphing software capable of inserting charts and images, and timeline management graphics are just as easy because it's just one more type of graph that you can create. The trick is the data graphing software in Word doesn't call it a timeline; it categorizes it as an "organization chart." This vague term can disguise the fact that anyone can easily learn how to create a timeline in Microsoft Word for work or a project, but if you follow these steps I'll show you how to do just that.
Credit: Amberdawn 2011Click insert and then select "organization chart." You'll see that the default chart for the data graphing software has 3 boxes below and one above. You will be able to change the number of boxes later in this tutorial.
Credit: Amberdawn 2011Click inside each box to type your text. In the bottom three boxes, type the year, then enter, then the text you'd like associated with the year. Traditionally when a student learns how to create a timeline I tell them to start with the earliest year on the left, and proceed to the right in chronological order. Then type the title of your timeline in the top box.
Credit: Amberdawn 2011Click inthe background (white space surrounding the chart) if you wish to add more boxes. This will cause the timeline management dialogue box to pop up. Highlight the top box and then click "insert shape." You'll notice that the data graphing software adds another box on the right. You can continue adding boxes as needed. If the boxes start to look crowded, you can change the layout from "profile" to "landscape."
Change your page layout to landscape if you need more horizontal space. To do this, click file, then page setup. Click on "landscape."
Credit: Amberdawn 2011Elongate the timeline. Click on the image once and you'll see the data graphing software creates a box of small dots around it, with white circles in the corners and center. Mouse over the right center circle and you'll notice your cursor changes to a horizontal arrow. Click and drag toward the right to stretch out the timeline.
Finish! You can change the fonts in the timeline management boxes just as you would for any document, but otherwise your timeline is complete. Good luck learning how to create a timeline in Microsoft Word.