Timeline diagrams present events during specific intervals shown chronologically along a line. These events may be historic, related to a specific criminal case or business development, or they may be important milestones in a project.
Timelines are designed to provide a broad overview of a sequence of events in time. They don't go into detail, but links to events, information and images may be added as needed.
A timeline diagram consists of a horizontal bar or line representing time progressing from left to right. This bar is marked with events or steps to indicate when they should or did happen.
In project management, timelines are most useful for showing important milestones and deadlines.
SmartDraw's simple timeline templates let you quickly add events along a horizontal line that represents any time period you define. Click any shape to add text, change colors, add photos and images as necessary.
Use lines and arrows to pinpoint special events and details.
You can also use less conventional timeline templates to display events for a presentation or as an infographic.
Watch this video on how to make a timeline:
The best way to understand timelines is to look at some examples of timelines.
Click on any of these timelines included in SmartDraw and edit them:
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