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Naomi Walsh on a Must-Have Free Timeline Maker

I’m Naomi Walsh and I am a novice consultant. One of the challenges of breaking into consulting is presenting yourself as a professional. One way that I do this is to share timelines for projects that I am working on – they show that I am organized and prepared, and provide a visual planning aid for those with whom I am working.

Hot Tip – Office Timeline 2010: I recently found this free PowerPoint plug-in that incorporates an extremely easy to use timeline maker right into PowerPoint. It includes a wizard that walks you through, step-by-step, adding planning stages and milestones, creates a great-looking timeline, and then has options for tweaking the results. And, it’s free.

Office Timeline Once Installed in PowerPoint

The resulting timelines may be shared within a PowerPoint presentation or, as here, clipped and incorporated into other documents. The example timeline below took me less than five minutes to make. It shows the basic functionality, but you can get much more detailed.

Example Timeline

Lesson Learned: Installation can take a few iterations. It took me over 20 minutes to get Office Timeline finally installed on my laptop as I needed to install two other items first. But, the install wizard walked me through the process each step of the way and that is the only challenge I’ve had with the program.

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  • pptTREME · December 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I have learned using tools and plug-ins can literally save hours and quite a bit of frustration, too.


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  • Anne Vo · December 8, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Not to worry, Naomi. This is why I continue to maintain a dual platform household. Thank you for the great resource!


  • Admin comment by Susan Kistler · December 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    One thing to note – they just launched on Office Timeline + and it costs the exorbitant price of $2,99. The link for it is at the TOP of the homepage, but if you scroll down, the link for the free version is still there at the bottom left corner. I may upgrade just to support the group’s work.


  • Nathalie · December 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much.


  • Johanna · December 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks, Naomi! Your post was one of the few that highlighted a tool/approach I didn’t already know about. Much appreciation:)


  • Naomi · December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I am sorry Anne. I did not think that it worked only for those using windows. I should have realized this and put it in the review. I do not know of an equivalent option for people using Macintosh computers.


  • Admin comment by Susan Kistler · December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I actually have this installed on my mac laptop – but I’m running bootcamp, so it is booted as a PC. Running great though. I’m afraid I don’t know of a Mac equivalent, will contact Naomi.


  • Jennifer Lewis · December 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I agree with Anne; this particular plugin is for Windows users only.


  • Jane Davidson · December 5, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Awesome – thanks for sharing this gem!



  • Anne Vo · December 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Thanks for this, Naomi! Do you know of an equivalent resource for Macs?


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