How to create a timeline in Google Slides


Timelines are ideal for presenting chronological lists of events from start to finish. Here’s how to create one in Google Slides.

Google Slide Timeline

Including a timeline in your presentation is a great way to simplify the content and better tell your brand’s story. Instead of going back and forth between your business accomplishments and future plans, you can provide your audience with a visual representation.

Before you start creating the timeline, write down the information you want to add. Make sure you only add important information, as it shouldn’t be too cluttered with text and calls.

1. Use a timeline template

Google Slides has a quick fix if you don’t want to spend time creating your own timeline diagram, or if you don’t need a complicated chart for your presentation. You can use any of the available templates and customize it to meet your needs.

Follow these steps to insert a timeline diagram into your Google Slides presentation.

  1. Make sure you have selected the correct slide, open the Insert menu and select Diagram.
  2. In the right sidebar, choose the Chronology model.
  3. Use the Appointment and Color drop-down menus to configure your scheme. Google Slides adjusts the previews as you change the color and number of dates, so you can see the timeline design.
    Create a presentation in Google Slides
  4. Click on one of the timelines to insert it on the slide. Depending on the template you select, there are different field texts such as project name, project manager, task details, etc. To add information to the timeline, just double-click on the text fields.
  5. Use different colors to highlight progress over time. To change the color of an element, select it and click Fill color from the toolbar. The colors already used for your timeline are listed below Custom.
    Fill color option in Google Slides


You may need to copy the diagram to another slide. Select the entire diagram, use the Copy command, navigate to the other slide, and just paste it there.

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2. Create a timeline from scratch

If you can’t find a Google Slides template that you like or need more customization options for your presentation, you can create a timeline from scratch using shapes, reminders, and boxes. text. Although it takes longer than just inserting a template, you can get a timeline that matches your style and needs.

Here’s how to create a timeline in Google Slides:

  1. Insert the timeline axis. On the toolbar menu, click Line. You can use any line style you want. For this example, we will insert a straight line.
  2. With the row selected, open Line color to select its color. Then go to Line thickness and adjust the thickness.
  3. Add the shapes that will contain the dates. Open the Shapes drop-down menu Insert menu and choose the shape you want to use. You can use circles, rounded rectangles, hexagons, etc.
    Custom timeline in Google Slides
  4. Once you’ve added the shape, resize it and use the Fill color, Border color, Border weight, and Border dash menus to customize it.
  5. Copy and paste it according to the number of dates you want to insert. When rearranging these shapes, Google Slides will show you guidelines, so you can place them on the same axis and have an equal distance between them.
    Editing a timeline in Google Slides
  6. To add captions for each step shown in the timeline, go to Insert> Shapes> Reminders and select the one you like. Alternatively, you can use any shape you want from the Shapes menu.
  7. Resize the call and edit it using the same tools mentioned above.
  8. Copy and paste it as many times as needed. Then rearrange the captions using the guidelines.
  9. If you don’t want to clutter up the timeline, you can place the calls on both sides of the axis. Right click on the legend and navigate to Rotation> Flip vertically. Reverse calls will have the text backwards. To remedy this, insert a text box on it.
    A chronological presentation in Google Slides
  10. Group all the elements. Once you’ve selected the entire timeline, open the To organise menu and select Group. Or use the Ctrl + Alt + G keyboard shortcut.

Improve your presentation with a timeline

Hopefully, you are now looking at a timeline that represents the progress of your business or project. Adding a timeline is one of the many ways to make your presentation more visually appealing and come up with ideas or concepts that are easy to understand.

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