Timeline Templates for Excel
A timeline can be a useful way to visualize changes or events that occur over periods of time. Excel can be a great tool for creating timelines, particularly when you want to perform date calculations or take advantage of the drawing tools in Excel. See below for some example timeline templates to help you get started.
Common Uses for Timelines
- Display a project schedule.
- Deliverable dates - Milestones - Task completion -
- Chronologically arrange past events.
- Innovations in science between 1800 and 2000 - World history -
- Represent a person's life history.
- Depiction of life events along with historical time periods or local events -
- Map historic events and time periods.
- History of the universe - Theory of evolution - Geologic time -
Example Timeline Spreadsheets
This project schedule template can be used for creating nice looking project timelines. It is very similar to a gantt chart but it doesn't have all the features that a typical gantt chart would have.
Vertical Timeline Using Shape Objectsfor Excel
Template DetailsLicense: Private Use
(not for distribution or resale) Author: Jon Wittwer
I like using Excel has a drawing canvas, especially for timelines, because the canvas is nearly infinite in size. A vertical timeline is easy to create using shape objects (lines, text boxes, callouts, etc.). You can use this template to give you a head start. Format a shape or callout the way you want and then use copy/paste to duplicate the shape and add your events.
A Gantt chart is typically used in business and engineering to plan and schedule projects. However, if you need a special project timeline to include in a presentation or some other document, you might want to try creating it using the drawing tools in Excel. This free spreadsheet below contains two example project schedules.
Time Period Comparisons
In geneological (family history) research, timelines are particularly useful for comparing events and people's life spans. This example spreadsheet uses stacked bar charts to compare a few different people living before and during the civil war. By the way, if you're into family history, you may also want to try the new Family Tree Template.
Automated Timeline Templates
Vertical Bubble Chart Timeline
Horizontal Bubble Chart Timeline
(For Excel 2013+) Learn how to create a timeline using a Bubble Chart! The axis labels can be customized easily and the bubbles for the axis and timeline events can be different sizes.
Create a historical or project timeline quickly and easily using this original Vertex42 timeline template. This page was originally an article explaining how to create a timeline using an XY chart and error bars for leaderlines, but now you can download the time line template and get a huge head start on your project!
Create a dynamic vertical timeline in Excel using a scatter chart, data labels, and leader lines. Download the template or follow the instructions to create the timeline from scratch.
Create a project timeline in Excel using a stacked bar graph and different colors for different phases or categories. Great for high-level project timelines.
Create a project timeline showing both milestones and tasks, using a scatter chart with data labels and leader lines.