Intuitive, easy-to-follow, powerful – these are three of the most important characteristics that make successful presentations stand out from the 35 million PowerPoint presentations given every day. Here, at Konsus, we specialize in offering our clients quality presentations, either from scratch or starting from the client’s vision and building from there.
One of the most used PowerPoint templates and one that can give a presentation all of the attributes mentioned above, if used efficiently, is the PowerPoint timeline template.
What is a timeline?
A timeline is a visual representation of information or events displayed in chronological order.
Here is a segment of a PowerPoint timeline depicting a part of a company’s history and its major milestones between 1987 and 2017.
When and why are timelines used?
PowerPoint timeline templates are frequently used by business professionals because these types of templates are clean and clear, presenting information in an intuitive, succinct and professional manner, keeping the audience engaged and focused.
Timeline templates can differ quite a lot, depending on their purpose, whether for planning, educating or informing, but also depending on their business utility, from delegating basic tasks to presenting more complex infrastructure rollouts.
Some of the most common types of timelines used in business include:
Since it is such an important PowerPoint slide that is used frequently, we have created some timeline variations for you to download for free:
1. Project timeline template
This multi-color, minimalist project timeline template is great for pitching a project to a client, in an in-house management meeting, or for presenting a new project to the team and organizing it efficiently. The minimalist format will let you focus on relevant information, but at the same time present it to the audience in a visual-friendly manner. This timeline format is great for splitting the project stages into quarterly time sequences.
2. Business plan timeline template
This formal corporate template is great for presenting the company’s yearly business plan or an event timeline. This business timeline template uses quarters as time units, but this can be easily changed, depending on the purpose of the presentation.
3. Wave timeline template
This wave timeline template has an original design, bold colors and manages to differentiate itself from the common horizontal or vertical timeline templates we usually see. We believe this would be a great choice for a creative marketing timeline.
4. Hexagon timeline template
This modern and minimalist timeline manages to make the most out of a slide’s space, due to its creative layout. It can be used for a number of purposes, whether as a business timeline template, a project management timeline template or even an event timeline template.
5. Creative timeline template
Our designers have created this edgy and vibrant orange template with the client’s objective in mind. This creative approach is great for a project timeline template, such as presenting tasks or setting milestones, but also for succinct business plan timeline presentations.
6. Event timeline template
This clear and intuitive event timeline template can efficiently be used for a wide array of events, such as conferences, meetings, workshops, etc. If it needs to be used for a multiple-day event, it can easily be replicated for different days.
7. Meeting timeline template
Our designers have created this colorful and flat graphics event timeline template, which can be a great option for event or meeting timelines. It can also be used for project management purposes if the hours are replaced by dates.
8. Baloon timeline design template
Colorful, minimalist and with a modern feel, this PowerPoint template can best be used as a business plan timeline or even as a history timeline template, showcasing the company’s completed milestones or highlighting the key moments in its history.
9. Circle timeline template
This clean, professional task timeline template was created by our Konsus designers especially for project managers who wish to use it as a project management timeline template that is easy to follow and highlights the essential tasks of a project. Its clarity and readability make it easier for every person involved in the project to follow and get a transparent image of the project flow.
10. History timeline template
This stylish, professional history timeline template can be used as either an in-house presentation tool in the orientation process for new employees or for high-level client presentations. It can increase their confidence in the company by presenting its history and biggest achievements.
11. Arrow timeline template
This multi-color, modern timeline design template is very effective as a business plan template, or even as a project timeline, highlighting milestones or goals progressively, from idea to success, as emphasized by the arrow pointing upwards. Generally, arrows are a great addition to timeline presentations, conveying a journey and making it easier for the audience to follow the process or flow described.
12. Professional business plan timeline template
Our designers know how much professionalism and visual impact matter in the business context, and that is exactly why they created this modern, flat-graphic design, suitable for business presentations or for breaking down a project into key tasks for the team.
13. Modern history timeline template
The visual impact of a history timeline presentation can be the key element that makes or breaks a presentation of this kind. This modern and elegant history timeline template will definitely stir the audience’s curiosity and keep them alert.
14. Project management timeline template
Unlike some of the project management PowerPoint templates we’ve seen before, this one uses time instead of tasks as a reference, splitting the project into monthly milestones.
15. Road timeline template
This multi-color, modern-looking timeline is a great example of an inspired and original vertical timeline template. This can be used in presenting business or project milestones, plans or events.
Because we know how important it is for business professionals to be presented with several choice options, we have also created a list of the 14 best places to find both paid and free PowerPoint timeline templates:
According to our specialists at Konsus, top three choices are:
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person and you have an idea in mind, or you want to see how a timeline template is actually created, check out one of the insightful and clearly explained YouTube tutorials on how to create an interactive timeline in PowerPoint and learn how to do this yourself.
What is the Office Timeline PowerPoint Add-in?
The Office Timeline PowerPoint Add-in is a Microsoft PowerPoint plugin that can quickly and efficiently help you create timeline and project slides. Once you have the plugin installed, you may choose between Metro, Phases, Interval or Gantt styles. From there on, you can easily start creating your timeline since it is pretty intuitive.
Alternatives to PowerPoint for creating a timeline
Are there any alternatives to PowerPoint when creating a timeline presentation? Yes, there are. You can create a timeline using Word or Excel. We have put together a list of the best free timeline templates for either of these two Microsoft Office programs.
Free timeline templates - Word:
Free timeline templates - Excel:
If you are looking for a timeline infographic template to organize the information and present it in a linear way, websites like Behance or Canva have a vast collection of great timeline infographics, such as this illustrated timeline infographic.
Whether or not you already have an image of what your business timeline presentation should look like, our experienced design specialists at Konsus are here to help you make your best presentation, either by creating a complex, high-end design or by creatively implementing your specifications.