Creating Horizontal and Vertical Timelines in PowerPoint

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In this Free Guided Project, you will:

Create customized horizontal and vertical timelines in PowerPoint using given data.

Enhance the appearance of your horizontal and vertical timelines using design elements in PowerPoint.

Communicate information and data effectively with the use of horizontal and vertical timelines in PowerPoint.

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2 hours
No download needed
Split-screen video
Desktop only

By the end of this project, you will be able to create two different types of timelines that display easy to read information with aesthetically pleasing designs within Microsoft PowerPoint. You will learn when to utilize a horizontal versus a vertical timeline to effectively communicate information in a visual format to your intended audience. The timelines will include the goals, steps and timeframes in which projects are to be completed. In this project, we will choose a timeline from pre-created ones given by Microsoft PowerPoint and use simple shapes to design our own. Each one will be customized according to your own needs. Afterwards, you will improve the timelines by adding design elements and colors.


Professionals who need to present information in a horizontal or vertical timeline format using Microsoft PowerPoint to effectively communicate.

Skills you will develop

  • Project Management

  • Communication

  • Communication Design

  • Organizing (Management)

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Access PowerPoint and familiarize yourself with adding slides and an overall theme style.

  2. Create a horizontal timeline in PowerPoint.

  3. Improve your horizontal timeline with PowerPoint design elements.

  4. Build a vertical timeline in PowerPoint using shapes.

  5. Generate a vertical timeline with given data in PowerPoint and identify when to utilize one.

  6. Enhance the appearance of your vertical timeline using design elements in PowerPoint.

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

Frequently Asked Questions

Because your workspace contains a cloud desktop that is sized for a laptop or desktop computer, Guided Projects are not available on your mobile device.

Guided Project instructors are subject matter experts who have experience in the skill, tool or domain of their project and are passionate about sharing their knowledge to impact millions of learners around the world.

You can download and keep any of your created files from the Guided Project. To do so, you can use the “File Browser” feature while you are accessing your cloud desktop.

At the top of the page, you can press on the experience level for this Guided Project to view any knowledge prerequisites. For every level of Guided Project, your instructor will walk you through step-by-step.

Yes, everything you need to complete your Guided Project will be available in a cloud desktop that is available in your browser.

You'll learn by doing through completing tasks in a split-screen environment directly in your browser. On the left side of the screen, you'll complete the task in your workspace. On the right side of the screen, you'll watch an instructor walk you through the project, step-by-step.