Expand a section of a timeline

Expanded timeline example

You can expand a segment of an existing timeline as a second timeline to show more detail.

 Note   You must have a timeline on the drawing page to create an expanded timeline.

From Timeline Shapes, drag the Expanded Timeline shape onto the page.In the Configure Timeline dialog box, specify the options you want for the expanded timeline on the Time Period and Time Format tabs, and then click OK.

 Note   The start and finish dates (or times) must be within the time period of the original timeline.

The expanded timeline appears on the drawing page, and displays the following:

Gray dashed lines to associate the two timelines and indicate the section of the original timeline that the expanded timeline represents.Shared milestones and intervals. These synchronize automatically so that if you change them on one timeline, they also change on the other.

 Note   The expanded timeline uses the same shape type as the original timeline, by default. To change the shape type, right-click the expanded timeline, and then click Set Timeline Type.

Move the expanded timeline.

Select the expanded timeline and then drag it to a new location on the drawing page.

The dashed lines that attach to the original timeline move accordingly, maintaining the visual connection between the timelines.

The expanded timeline represents a segment of the original timeline, but you work with it individually; for example, you add milestones or intervals to the expanded timeline just as you would to the original timeline.

 Note   If you add a milestone or interval to the original timeline, it will also be added to the expanded timeline. If you add a milestone or interval to the expanded timeline, however, it will not be added to the original timeline.

To quickly change the start and end dates of an expanded timeline, drag the control handles Control handle image - yellow diamond on the extension lines of the expanded timeline.

Reconfigure a timeline