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15+ Best Timeline Templates in 2021: DOC, PPT, Excel & More

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15+ Best Timeline Templates in 2021: DOC, PPT, Excel & More

A well-visualized timeline will help add clarity to your presentation or report. View our list and find the best timeline template for your use case.

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John McTale

Editor-in-chief

Aug 13, 2021

 

 

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You need a timeline template that shows progression, development, and the overall change over time and you need one that doesn’t look bland and boring. That’s just perfect because in this gallery, you’ll see the best, easiest-to-fill-out timeline templates available online in 2021.


Yes, free options are included. Yes, you’ll get a variety of file formats to fit your exact needs. And yes, all those templates for timelines are guaranteed to catch your audience’s attention.

Let’s get started!

 

Storydoc timeline templates

 

Of course, we’ll kick off the list with our very own. And Storydoc timeline templates are like no others available. They’re not standalone—rather, components of interactive, animated presentations.

Sure, a static timeline does its basic job, usually. Shows how the state of things changes, well, over time. Our timelines help you tell a story that sticks. (And they’re 100% mobile responsive).


Have a look at an example of a presentation featuring a timeline. We created it in our presentation maker:

Sample presentation with a timeline transformed in our tool:

Before

After

Slide decks are a relic of the past. With Storydoc, you’ll get interactive content you never thought you’d have. Wow your audience, make a lasting impression, and land more deals with investors. Ready in a flash.

 

Looking to use your timeline in a more elaborate business document? Check out our dedicated galleries with the best templates for any use case you might think of:

Now, let’s see how our competitors fare against us, wink-wink.

 

Best timeline templates from Microsoft

 

Yes, I hear you, Microsoft’s templates are basic and look dated. But (no matter how much it pains me to admit that), they’re still the golden standard. Below, I compile the best timeline templates from their offering.

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Milestone infographic

Almost obsolete in design but very clear and understandable, this timeline template for MS Excel is perfect for setting plans or laying out roadmaps. The design is very simplistic: you have a meandering arrow with large dates in consecutive spots and a text field next to them. The best part? It’s easily adjustable and won’t ever go haywire.

Download here
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Our history (Free)

A very linear PowerPoint timeline template designed to let you tell the history of your organization with a focus on particular milestones. Again, nothing too flashy, but it’s highly readable and very easy to digest.

Download here
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Growth timeline

Show how much you grow! The mockup of this timeline template for PowerPoint shows the process of growing fruits and vegetables—clearly a metaphor for any kind of process you want to highlight in your presentation. Like all other MS timelines, it’s super scannable but this one comes with some more modern-looking vector graphics as a nice bonus.

Download here
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Product roadmap

Great products nead great plans behind them and great plans have to be fitted into a roadmap—so that every stakeholder knows their responsibilities and benchmarks. This project timeline template will let you sketch out the desired evolution of your product easily.

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Gradient history

Aimed at presenting the larger picture and covering a five-year span, the “gradient history” timeline template for PowerPoint comes with a clean, gradient-based design. All colors complement each other, making the final product very eye-pleasing. Not a fan of the color combination? You can choose from several other options and switch between these with a single click.

 

Download here
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Roadmap timeline light (Free)

Another free timeline template you can use for your product efforts. The cool part about it is how two-dimensional it is making it easier to focus on each of the separate milestones you want to list.

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All the templates above?

Yeah, they’re pretty. But Storydoc gives you much more than nice-looking presentations. 

We deliver real results. 

Transform your static presentation with Storydoc and close more deals, improve engagement metrics, and increase your customer base. Like these teams did:

 

Best timeline templates from all over the Internet

 

And now, for the real fun part. These are the timeline templates from more niche designers that I fell in love with and I think you just might as well.

 

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Process flow diagram

Brought to you by the Hislide design studio, it’s more than just a PPT timeline template. Rather, a bundle of slide designs perfect for all kinds of project timelines and some extra slides to add descriptions, important notes, or charts.

Download here
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Gantt chart

MS Excel is a powerful tool but few of us think of spreadsheets as pretty and eye-catching. This project timeline gantt chart template challenges that stereotype, being both functional and really neat in design.

Download here
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Process & timeline

Not your typical linear timeline but more of a week-to-week planner, this cute template for Adobe InDesign has been created by the JanuaryMadeDesign studio. Perfect if you want to keep your and your team’s work organized and make sure everyone stays on the same page in terms of weekly or monthly priorities.

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Project plan timeline (free)

A perfect example of how a burndown chart can be made fun to look at and even more fun to follow. This project timeline template focuses on when each step of the project is supposed to be completed. As a bonus, you get custom vector graphics to illustrate each milestone. And all of that 100% free!

Download here
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E-commerce

Another one of the non-linear timeline templates on our list, the “Ecommerce” design from Visme works as a weekly planner or a weekly report tool. The colors are well-matched and bright items stand out well from the black background.

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Program planning gantt chart

Another gantt chart on our list, this one made fun and quirky by its creators at Visme. Makes following the deadlines easy and uses color coding to distinguish between different stakeholders. Modern fonts mixed with minimalist design give this one a very startup-like feel.

Download here
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Thin line

Boasting perhaps not the most imaginative of names, “Thin line” available at Adobe Stock is elegant, clear, and nicely conveys “the big vision.” Dark background and fluorescent colors give this one a very tech-y look, highly recommended for teams in IT or engineering.

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Business road map

Yup, it’s an overused visual pun: putting a roadmap on a visualization of a map of a road… we’ve seen it before. But heck, who cares, it looks good here and serves its purpose. Everyone looking at this timeline template will know where they’re headed and what lies ahead if they want to get there.

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Key moments

There’s the simplified world map, there’s the vertical timeline… This minimalist template for a timeline brought to you by Sabrina Barrios is clearly intended for organizations with a multinational presence. Will work great for “About us” presentations that need to highlight the expansion of your business!

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Lego

If you’ve visited more than just one of my Storydoc gallery of templates, you know that I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t include at least one quirky design on the list. Speak of the devil, here it comes! “Lego” by Ahmet Samsa uses lego blocks to tell the story of the Danish toy production company. Not sure if this one’s reusable, but I’m in awe of Ahmet’s creativity.

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And that's a wrap!

 

The key thing to remember: pick a timeline that fits your use case. You’ll need a different layout for a roadmap, a different one for the company history, and yet another one for a weekly schedule. Don’t try to adjust a timeline to your needs no matter what, only because you find it pretty. Intuitive readability is the name of the game here!

Well, why are you still here? Go crush that presentation or report you’re working on!

John McTale

Hi, I'm John, Editor-in-chief at Storydoc. As a content marketer and digital writer specializing in B2B SaaS, my main goal is to provide you with up-to-date tips for effective business storytelling and equip you with all the right tools to enable your sales efforts.