New to Microsoft Project 2016 is the ability to create multiple timelines. At Integent we take snapshots of our timelines to insert into kick off presentations and to share important key dates with our customers through emails and documents.
To create a timeline in Project 2016:
Click on the View ribbon and check the Timeline box to view in a split view. By default a blank timeline is displayed above the current view.
You can easily add tasks to the timeline by right-clicking on a task name and selecting Add to Timeline. Select multiple tasks to quickly fill the timeline.
At Integent we found the easiest way to format the timeline is to display the Timeline view. From the View ribbon select Other Views | Timeline
Once you have the Timeline view displayed click on the Format ribbon and select Existing Tasks. Check the boxes next to the tasks you wish to display on the timeline and click OK to save your changes. Note that every task in the project appears making it very easy to display phases, key tasks and milestones.
New to Project 2016 is the addition of the Timeline Bar. This command allows you to create multiple timelines.
Right click on a bar within the timeline to set a custom Date Range, also new to 2016.
By default all the tasks added to the timeline will be the same color. Click on a task to continue formatting.
Click the paint bucket to select a new color and change the color of the font as needed.
Display tasks with shorter duration as a callout.