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20 Best Free Microsoft Word Timeline Templates to Download for 2022

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Do you need to look back at historical events or look ahead for future planning? There is nothing like a timeline diagram to help you get a snapshot of this all on one page. We'll explore some timeline templates for Word that'll fit all types of use cases.

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Business Brochure Template is a premium print template on Envato Elements with a timeline page

You could create a timeline from scratch, but why waste your time. There are loads of free and premium Microsoft Word timeline templates for you to pick from. If you're on a budget, there are free timeline templates in Word docs to help you out. 

You want the best possible option and have a budget to work with. So, check out the selection of MS Word templates from Envato Elements. Also check out GraphicRiver's premium Word templates. You'll find timeline templates Word in various print template formats. These formats include  proposal, magazine, brochure, or resume templates. Select a timeline that best suits your needs and start creating.

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If you need to impress clients or stakeholders, Envato Elements is your best bet. There are loads of print templates in MS Word that include timeline pages. You can either use the whole timeline template for Word to create an entire proposal or just use the timeline pages on their own. 

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Envato Elements' selection of premium print templates in MS Word with timeline pages

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GraphicRiver is a great platform to test out premium files before signing up for Envato Elements. It works on a pay-per-download model and has loads of premium print templates in MS Word. We'll explore some premium timeline chart templates in Word in the next section. 

5 Top Premium Microsoft Word Timeline Templates for 2022 (Envato Elements & GraphicRiver) 

Here are some top premium timeline diagram templates in Word from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Use any of these Microsoft Word timeline templates to create an impressive timeline for all your projects quickly:

1. Project Proposal With Timeline

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This project proposal is a 24-page template document. It's designed in Adobe InDesign but is compatible with Microsoft Word. It comes with loads of other project-related pages. This allows you to pick and work with the pages you need accordingly.

2. SEO Proposal With Timeline in MS Word

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Lay out your brief timeline on this one-pager. The template works well if you need to summarize a project timeline. This will work well for audiences that don't need in-depth details. Easily customize this template in MS Word for any project.

3. Proposal With Timeline in MS Word and InDesign

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This two-page template allows you to show your timeline in a minimalistic line diagram. It also allows you to include a description for each topic. Break down your timeline into simple steps so anyone can read it easily. This format works well for timelines that need to be shared with external parties. 

4. Full Proposal Package With Timeline

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This complete proposal package was created in Adobe InDesign. And it's also compatible with Microsoft Word and Excel. There are two project timelines on this timeline template Word. The first is a bar chart that allows you to list 16 different tasks and map out their timelines. The second page is for descriptions and tables so that you can explain the timeline chart well.  

5. Business Plan With Timeline in MS Word

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This is a 15-page Business Plan. It was built based on Guy Kawasaki's guidelines on pitching or presenting a concept. The events and timeline page is broken into two. The top section has a timeline chart. The bottom section is only text. This allows you to show your timeline and explain it all on one page.

20 Top Free MS Word Timeline Examples to Download (2022)

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Now it's time to explore 20 free timeline templates that are Word docs found online for anyone to use: 

1. Free 12-month Timeline Template Word Download

This one-page free timeline template Word document is broken up into 12 months. This  allows you to list down points accordingly. 

2. Free Wedding Timeline Checklist

Use this free timeline template Word to plan tasks according to your wedding timeline. You can check them off as you complete them. 

3. Free Project Planning Timeline Template Word

This free timeline template Word is broken down into days of the month. List down tasks for your project for each day. 

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4. Free Business Timeline Chart Template Word

This simple template has the months of the year in a bar line in the middle of the document. Points for each month go above and below this bar. 

5. Free History Timeline Template Word

This timeline template for Word also comes with a bar in the middle of the page. This bar is broken down by years. Events that happened in that year are mentioned above and below the bar. 

6. Morning Routine - Free Timeline Chart Template Word

This free timeline template Word comes with a time bar in blue and text boxes in green. 

7. Free Project Timeline Template Word

Divide your project into phases. Also schedule the tasks accordingly in this timeline template. 

8. Free 1-Month Business Plan Timeline Diagram Template Word

Include all your tasks and steps you need to take in a single month.

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9. Free 2-Month Business Plan Timeline Template Word Download

Track your activities for two months with this simple free timeline template Word. 

10. 3-Month Business Plan - Free Timeline Template Word Doc.

Plan out your quarterly activities with this template. 

11. Free Monthly Project Timeline Template Word Download

Track your progress over 31 days with this document. 

12. Status Report - Project Timeline Template Word Download

Use this status report to get an overview of work done, scheduled tasks, and project timeline.

13. Purple - Free History Timeline Template Word

The background of this free timeline template Word is purple. The text boxes are white with black fonts. The timeline bar is green. 

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14. Construction - Project Timeline Template Word Download

List out milestones, activities, and deliverable with this timeline document. 

15. Table - Project Timeline Chart Template Word

This is a horizontal timeline chart document that doesn't leave much space on the paper. 

16. Vertical - Free History Timeline Template Word

This is a minimalistic free timeline template Word where you can list down events and even include images. 

17. Events - Free Timeline Diagram Template Word

This document allows you to focus on six events by adding an image and text for each of them. 

18. Wedding - Free Timeline Diagram Template Word

Brides and grooms can highlight their timeline together on a vertical diagram. 

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19. Marketing - Free Timeline Chart Template Word

This free timeline template Word has six text boxes in shades of blue and green. 

20. Research - Free Timeline Template Word Doc

This one-page document allows you to break down research planning or findings. 

How to Make a Great Timeline Document in Microsoft Word Quickly

Now that you've got your Word timeline template, you're ready to customize it. In this section, we'll go over how you can customize your timeline template Word. Just follow the steps below.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I'm using the premium template, Project Proposal Landscape.

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Project Proposal Landscape is a great template for creating a timeline.

It’s a stunning twenty four page template with free fonts. 

1. Add in Text 

Before we get into adding the timeline, we'll add our text for the document. We'll just copy and paste our text into the text placeholders. Simply double click the text placeholder, right click, and select Paste.

Adding in text to the premium Microsoft Word timeline template.

2. Add a Color Scheme

Next, you'll want to change the templates color scheme to match your projects. Head over to the Design tab on the top menu header. Next, choose the Color drop-down menu. This displays all the color schemes that you can choose from. Pick the one that best suits your project.

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You can change the color scheme to fit your project.

3. Build the Timeline

To create a timeline in our Word template we'll add an arrow and text box. Click on the Insert tab. In the toolbar, click the Draw a Shape button. From there, you can click on the arrow option. Resize the arrow to fit in your design. 
 
Next, choose the Draw a Text Box button in the Insert tab. Now, draw a diagonal line where you want your text box. Then start typing your text. Add as many text boxes as you need for your timeline. 
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You can add in arrows and text boxes to create a timeline.

4. Add in images

Now it's time to add in our images to the document. Most templates will have image placeholders for this. To add in an image, choose the Insert head option. Next choose the Pictures icon and select the Picture from File... option. From there, choose the image you want to add from your computer. 

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Add in images to the image placeholders in your template.

5. Check for Spelling and Grammar

An often overlooked part of creating any type of document is the spelling and grammar. Make sure that you don't have any misspelled words and the grammar is correct.

Having grammatical and spelling issues is a surefire way to look unprofessional. Do one final proof read over your document before exporting it. 
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Check your spelling and grammar.

Let's look at some timeline design tips. 

5 Quick Microsoft Word Timeline Design Tips for 2022

Let's explore five quick tips that'll help you create the best possible timeline page. These tips will immediately improve your work and help you impress your audience. New to Microsoft Word? Check out this Quick Start Guide

Here are the five tips:

1. Use a Premium Pre-built Template

Complete proposal templates helpful are another great option for timeline templates. If you're planning a business project, there are premium full project templates on Envato. These multipurpose print templates have relevant pages you'll need for various use. 

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Proposal Brochure, a complete premium proposal template on Envato Elements

Take your time while browsing and download a template that allows you to do what you need to. Be picky during this initial stage. A suitable template saves time and turns into an impressive document. 

2. Be Consistent With Your Branding

Once you've picked your premium business template in MS Word, it's time to make changes. You can change the color scheme and even fonts according to your brand identity. Also, include your logo. Your template will immediately be in line with your branding. You'll look more professional to your audience as well. 

3. Draw Attention With Bright Colors

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Brief Proposal, a premium template from Envato Elements uses color to draw attention

Bright colors draw attention to essential parts of a document. It's the easiest way to add more focus or differentiate elements. Your proposal or project plan instantly becomes more visually pleasing too. Thankfully with a professional timeline template for Word, all the design elements are taken care of. 

4. Keep It Minimal

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Proposal in MS Word & InDesign, premium minimalistic template on Envato Elements

Keep all pages clean and to the point. Try doing the following:

  • Use infographics to visualize processes, facts, and figures.
  • Turn paragraphs into bullet points.
  • Be selective with the information you include. Not everything is necessary. 
  • Have timelines with fewer sections. It's easier to follow.

5. Use More Visuals

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Business icons on Envato Elements, an example of premium visuals for MS Word documents

Visuals like photos, infographics, icons, or illustrations attract attention. They're key design elements to any document. They are all taken care of when you use a professional Microsoft Word timeline template. If you need to add your visuals, check out our options from Envato Elements.  

Discover More Top Microsoft Word Template Designs

You haven't found what you've got in mind? Check out other multipurpose MS Word templates for inspiration. These three articles below have loads of MS Word templates for you to pick from.

Common Microsoft Word Timeline Questions Answered (FAQ)

Microsoft Word is a very in-depth document software. That is why we created this FAQ section for you. To help you getting your common Microsoft Word timeline questions answered:

1. Can You Make a Timeline in Word Quickly?

Yes, you can! Microsoft Word is very flexible. It's got the tools necessary to create a timeline a basic timeline very quickly. For a detailed tutorial on how to do this, check out the article below:

2. Can I Add Background Images to My Timelines?

You absolutely can. Background images are a great element to add to your timelines. They add that much needed interest and professional polish. Check out the tutorial to find out how to add and edit background images:

3. Can I Create a Custom Page Layout for my Timeline Document?

Having a custom page layout gives you the ultimate flexibility in your design. This will help you  start your timelines with a head start. The article below explains how you can create your custom page layouts and create templates out of them:

4. Does Microsoft Word Have a Spelling and Grammar Checker?

Yes, it does! Having all your text spelled correctly is incredibly important. If you've got errors in your document, you'll look unprofessional. The guide below goes over how to use the spelling and grammar checker: 

5. How Do I Add Page Numbers to my Document?

Page numbers can help you keep your timeline document organized and can even be required.

Learn more in this tutorial on how to add not only page numbers, but also headers and footers: 

Looking to improve you Word documents? Check out the section below!

Learn More About Making Great Word Documents in 2022

There are always tricks and tips you can use to improve any of your Word document creation. Pin this Microsoft Word Tutorial Guide as a favorite and refer to it from time to time. It's a compilation of how-to tutorials. These tutorials will help you with just about any questions you may have about MS Word.

Here are three examples: 

Get a Premium Microsoft Word Timeline Template Today!

There are tons of free history timeline templates in Word found online for everyone to use. But they may not be the best option if you need to impress current or potential clients. A premium timeline template for Word is the way to go.

Start your search at Envato Elements. An active subscription unlocks access to professional creative assets, including premium timeline templates in MS Word. Download any digital file as and when you need it without any extra monthly costs.

If you need to test out premium, check out GraphicRiver. Buy and download any premium timeline chart template in Word one at a time. With GraphicRiver, you can purchase single premium creative files  

Get your hands on a premium print template that includes a timeline page and start creating like a pro. Subscribe and download one now!

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Daniel Strongin. Daniel is a freelance instructor for Envato Tuts+.

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