Creating a timeline in PowerPoint - how it works
A timeline can be used in your presentation to show a certain development. However, you cannot add this directly in PowerPoint via a macro or built-in function. If you want to create a timeline according to your wishes, it is necessary to build it yourself.
How to create a timeline in PowerPointWith a timeline you have the possibility to show the course of a certain event pictorially in your presentation. PowerPoint does not provide a special function or macro for this, which is why you have to build the timeline yourself piece by piece.
- Start PowerPoint and open an empty slide.
- Then go to "Insert" at the top and click on "Shapes" here.
- Now pick an arrow shape of your choice. This represents the basic construct of your timeline. Here it is recommended to use a "block arrow".
- Draw the arrow as long as you need your timeline.
- Go to "Shapes" again and select the first line in the "Lines" area.
- Now set a horizontal line everywhere on the arrow, where an entry for the timeline should follow. Extend the lines if events are close to each other.
- To designate the individual stages, you need a text field. Therefore, go to "Insert" and then "Text field". Drag this at the appropriate place in the appropriate size and write the desired text in it.
- Insert as many text boxes as you need for the events.
- If you also want to name the arrow, go to "Text box" and click directly on the arrow.