A Quick Guide to Timelines in Microsoft Project

On the View tab in the Microsoft Project Ribbon there is an option to show or hide the Project Timeline.  The Timeline allows you to easily create a high level view of your project plan that you can then share through other Office applications such as PowerPoint and Outlook.

Viewing Microsoft Project Timelines

You can use the Timeline to zoom or change the time displayed for your project:
Microsoft Project Timeline

Click on the Timeline to select it and then click the Format tab so see specific options:
Microsoft Project Timeline TabNote: When the Timeline is active, many of the commands on the Task and Resource tabs of the ribbon will be greyed out.  Click back on the Gantt chart/Gantt table to work as normal.

Click the Copy Timeline command to be able to paste a picture of your project into an email or other document.

Click the Existing Tasks command to display specific tasks on the timeline:Microsoft Project Timeline Dialog

Tip: You can also drag and drop tasks onto the Timeline.

Right click the Timeline to change how tasks are displayed: tasks can be displayed on the timeline as a bar, or as callouts.

You can also apply formatting to the Timeline by clicking the relevant task and using the font commands.