Starting with version 3.17, the Office Timeline add-in allows users to create their own custom timeline templates and use them for any future work. The following guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you make the most out of the feature.
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A) How to create a custom template
Start a new timeline or open a previously built one. For timelines created with older versions of the add-in, you may be prompted to first update the slide before you can use it.
After you’ve finished styling your timeline, click the Template button and select Create Template (the big "+" icon).
The timeline will be saved in your template gallery for future use.
B) How to import into a custom template
Click New on the Office Timeline ribbon and then double-click the template of your choice to open its preview window.
From the preview window, click on the Import button, select the project management tool you wish to load your data from, and then follow the usual import steps.
Note: The same steps are valid if you wish to import data into one of the add-in’s pre-formatted Styles or stock templates.
C) How to apply a custom template to any existing timeline
To change the look of an existing timeline, users can instantly apply a custom template to it or switch to a different style. To do so, click the Template button on the ribbon and select the preferred template or style from the menu.
D) Share your custom template
To share a custom template with your team, simply open it in PowerPoint (create a timeline slide out of it), and then save and send it as a .pptx file.
Then, instruct your team to open the timeline slide and click Template -> Create (+) on the Office Timeline ribbon to save it as a template on their own machines.
E) How to rename or delete a custom template
To rename a custom template from your gallery, simply click New on the Office Timeline ribbon, right-click the template you wish to rename, and select Rename.
To remove a custom template from your gallery, click New on the Office Timeline ribbon, right-click the template you wish to dispose of, and select Delete.
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