How to Create a Timeline in Microsoft Visio


If you need to create a timeline to show the status of a project for business, to illustrate a history or book report for school or to help you schedule personal time, Microsoft Office offers many applications that will do the job for you. If you have access to MS Visio, however, you have a program that boasts efficient and powerful diagramming capabilities. Learn how you can use Microsoft Visio to create a timeline.

  • Open Visio. Go to the "File" menu and select "New." Click on "Schedule," select "Timeline" and click "Create."

  • Choose a timeline template from the left task pane and drag it onto the drawing page. The "Configure Timeline" dialog box will open.

  • Enter the time period you want the timeline to display. Enter a time scale, such as hours, days or years. Click "OK."

  • Drag a milestone shape from the milestone templates on the left pane onto the desired location on the timeline. The "Configure Milestone" dialog box will open. Enter the time or date of the milestone along with details and click "OK."

  • Customize the timeline. Right-click the shape and select "Format" to make changes to the fill color, shadow, font or other features. Save the timeline when you are finished.

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