Create a timeline in Office for Mac

When you want to show a sequence of events, such as project milestones or events, you can use a SmartArt graphic timeline. After you create the timeline, you can add events, move events, change layouts and colors, and apply different styles.

Sample timeline graphic
  1. On the Insert tab, click SmartArt > Process.

    Insert Smart Art on the Insert tab
  2. Click Basic Timeline or one of the other process-related graphics.

    Insert a basic timeline
  3. Click the [Text] placeholders and enter the details of your events.

    Tip:  You can also open the Text Pane and enter your text there. On the SmartArt Design tab, click Text Pane.

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Add more events to your timeline

  1. Click a shape in the timeline.

    click a shape in the timeline
  2. On the SmartArt Design tab, click Add Shape, and then click Add Shape Before or Add Shape After.

    add a shape before or after
  3. Enter the text you want.

Move an event on your timeline

  1. On the timeline, click the text of the event you want to move.

    click the event text to move it earlier or later
  2. On the SmartArt Design tab, click Move Up (left), or Move Down (right).

    choose the move up or move down commands

Change to a different timeline layout

  1. Click the timeline.

  2. On the SmartArt Design tab, point to the layout panel and click the down arrow.

    Choosing a new layout for timeline
  3. Pick a timeline or process-related SmartArt graphic, like the following:

    • To show progression in a timeline, click Accent Process.

      Accent process example
    • To create a timeline with pictures or photos, click Continuous Picture List. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures.

      Continuous pictures list example

Change the colors of your timeline

  1. Click the timeline.

  2. On the SmartArt Design tab, click Change Colors, and then click the color combination you want.

    chage the color scheme of the timeline

Apply a SmartArt style

Give your timeline a professional look by using a SmartArt style to apply a combination of effects, such as line style, bevel, or 3-D perspective.

  1. Click the timeline.

  2. On the SmartArt Design tab, click the style you want.

    Apply a style to the smart art timeline
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