One of the attractions of PowerPoint is the ability to represent information visually by using a large library of available graphics, such as charts and graphs. If you want to make a timeline, all right, Microsoft is ready. Here’s how to do it.
Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to add a timeline. Once there, navigate to the “Insert” tab and select “SmartArt” from the “Illustration” group.
The “Select SmartArt Graphic” window will appear. Here, select “Process” from the left panel.
A library of SmartArt graphics that focus on the process will appear. You can choose the style that you like the most for your timeline. In this example, we will use the “Basic Timeline” option.
Once selected, information about the SmartArt option will be displayed in the right panel. When you are ready to enter SmartArt, select the “OK” button.
The timeline will now appear on the slide, along with a window where you will type the respective text for the timeline.
Text entered in the box will automatically reflect the actual timeline.
By default, this timeline will have three bullets to fill. To add more, place your cursor at the end of the last item in the list in the text window, press “Enter,” and then type the desired text. Repeat this step as many times as needed.
The text size and placement of bullets on the timeline will adjust automatically.
When you have finished adding text, select the “X” button at the top right of the text window.
If you need to adjust the timeline color to align with the presentation, select the timeline and then click “Change Color” in the “SmartArt Style” group on the “SmartArt Design” tab.
A menu will appear, displaying a large library with a different color scheme for the timeline. In this example, we will use the “Gradient Loop” from the “Accent 6” group.
Once selected, changes will occur in your timeline.
And, of course, you can adjust bullets and text in the timeline by clicking and dragging each item.
Finally, if you need to add or remove bullets from (or edit text in) the timeline, you can bring back the text editing window by selecting the timeline and then clicking on the “Left Arrow” icon found on the left side of the window. graph box.