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Timelines allow you to show past events and future plans in a visual, scannable way. But how often do you need to pair your timeline with other documentation?

Maybe you want to include a timeline with proposals to show a prospective customer how long it will take to implement and roll out your solution. Maybe you want to point out when each team will begin their tasks as part of project documentation. Or perhaps you are writing a report on the American Revolution, and you want to highlight important dates, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Yorktown.

A timeline can create clarity in the middle of lengthy word documents, but it can be tough to create one in programs like Microsoft Word.

Not anymore. Lucidchart makes it easy to create timelines and other visuals, and because it integrates with many popular apps, you can then place your timeline alongside other important documentation. See how to make a timeline in Word.

5 simple steps to create a timeline in Word

With Lucidchart and its Microsoft Office integration, you can easily create a polished, professional timeline and then add it into your Word document. Follow along with the steps below to get started.

1. Sign up for a Lucidchart account.

It’s free—and you can use it to create a ton of other visuals outside of timelines too.

2. Open a new document in Lucidchart or use one of our Word timeline templates, shown below.

For Lucidchart Pro, Team, and Enterprise accounts, we offer a timeline shape library (used in this first template) that includes timeline blocks, milestones, and intervals that snap in place and adjust as you change the dates. To upgrade your subscription and access this shape library, see our pricing page.

example timeline
Timeline template (Click on image to modify online)
project planning timeline
Project planning timeline (Click on image to modify online)

3. Drag and drop shapes onto the canvas to create a timeline from scratch, or adjust the dates and milestones on the template to fit your project.

Want us to demonstrate how to use the timeline shape library? Watch the tutorial below.

4. Install the Lucidchart add-in for Microsoft Word.

You can add Lucidchart from the Microsoft Store or from Microsoft Word by selecting Insert > Office Add-ins. From there, you’ll need to search for Lucidchart and click “Add” to install. The add-in will appear in Word as a right-hand sidebar.

5. Connect your Lucidchart account, select your timeline from your existing diagrams, and click “Insert” to add your timeline directly into your Word document.

For a complete walkthrough of how to install the Microsoft Word add-in and how to insert your timeline, check out this video!

And there you have it. Whether you’re getting buy-in on project deadlines and milestones or putting the final touches on a school project, you now know how to create a timeline in Word using Lucidchart.