Looking for a sleek new way to stay on top of all of your time-sensitive tasks? The Timeline View and Widget work together with the Timeline Column to give you a visual representation of the timelines and deadlines of all your ongoing projects. It allows you to see at a glance the timeframe you and your team have to complete a task or project and to plan accordingly.
How it works
To use the Timeline View or Widget, you need to have one of the following time-based columns on your board.
You have the option to view your timeline via a board view on a single board or to view multiple timelines at once in a Dashboard. With dashboards, you will be able to see timelines from multiple projects in one place while the board views will allow you to see the timeline of one specific project.
Add the Timeline View to a board
To add the Timeline View to your board, click on the located at the top of your board (it will say "Add View" when you hover over it) and select "More views" from the dropdown menu:
Next, choose "Timeline".
Add the Timeline Widget on your dashboard
Once you choose the boards that you want to showcase, click on "Add widget" at the top of the Dashboard page and then "Widgets Center". Once inside the Widgets Center, click "Timeline".
Settings and Customization
Fully customize your Timeline so you can visualize your project in the way that works best for you! Click on the three dot menu in the top right of your view or widget and select "Settings" from the dropdown menu to access the customization options:
- Choose time columns
Choose which time columns you want displayed on your timeline For instance, if you have more than one Timeline Column, Date Column, or Week Column, you can choose the particular ones you want showcased:
- Group timeline bars
Here, you have the option to organize the bars in your timeline however you'd like! You can group them based on some of the columns on your board or by the groups on your board! This can help you manage your tasks, resources, or just give you a visual overview of where everything stands.
Once you've chosen how you'd like to see your timeline bars grouped, you can customize it even further by collapsing and expanding certain groups! Just click the group to collapse, and then click again when you want to expand!
- Color your items however you want
Visualize your timeline according to your color preferences! Go to "Color By" in the Settings dropdown menu to color items according to group, column, board, or no color setting at all. The colors shown are the colors you already have chosen for your board's Main Table View.
- Split View mode
You can view both your timeline and your board together on the same screen with the Split View mode! All you have to do is select 'Split View' at the bottom of the Settings menu. Return to see your Timeline in its regular mode by clicking 'Fullscreen View'.
Time and Date Customization
- Select timeframe
You can choose to view the items in your timeline by days, weeks, months, quarters, or years. Click the drop-down menu at the top-right corner of your screen to select a time scale. You can also use the '+' and '-' buttons to zoom in and out within any time scale.
- Set workdays and weekends
You can choose whether you want your timeline to display Sunday or Monday as the first day of the week! Click "Edit" beside "Set workdays" in the settings panel to be redirected to your account's weekday settings. Check out this article to learn more about it.
- Show today indication
The blue bar running vertically through your board indicates today's date. This is a great point of reference so that you always know where you stand compared to the start and end dates on your timeline. You can remove the blue bar by deselecting "Show Today Indication" as shown in the image above.
Milestones are important dates, rather than a range of dates associated with a task or event. To set a milestone that will appear on your timeline, simply select one date, and click "Set as milestone" at the bottom of your calendar pop-up window (shown below). Milestones will appear in the shape of a diamond in your timeline and will be colored according to the item's status label.
In your Main Table View, a milestone will appear with a diamond to the left colored according to the group it belongs to. If your Timeline Column is set in Deadline Mode, the diamond will be colored according to the item's status. This means that if the item was done on time, the milestone will be green, and if it is overdue, it will appear red.
Update your items directly from the view or widget
All you have to do is click any of the bars in the Timeline View or Widget to open up the item's card. From here, you can make any changes and updates without having to go back and forth to your Main Board View. These changes will be updated within your board as well!
Filter your timeline
You can filter your timeline to display only the information you want to see! The filters can be applied temporarily, or saved for future reference. We'll click the funnel filter icon at the top of the screen, and then select all of the filters we want to use. We can filter using Advanced or Quick Filters.
Check out The Gantt
If you like the timeline, you'll LOVE the Gantt View and Widget just as much as we do! It's similar to the timeline in the sense that your items are displayed across a calendar in the form of bars, but the Gantt View and Widget show your items in a descending waterfall scheme for a more comprehensive visual. The Gantt is a sophisticated and fully customizable tool that works flexibly with your project!
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