How to customize multiple timeline objects simultaneously



To help you create beautiful project visuals even faster, Office Timeline Online enables you to customize and style multiple objects on your graphic at the same time. There are two ways you can do this in Timeline View, and we’ll explain both in the short guide below: 


A)  Multiple Selection

Multiple selection is a quick and efficient way to style your timeline if you wish to apply a specific property (color, size, shape, etc.) to a number of chosen items simultaneously. Here’s how it works:

  1. Hold Shift or Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) and click all items you wish to customize to select them. Make sure to include only items of the same type (only task bars, only milestone dates, etc.). If you take a quick look at the image below, you’ll see we’ve selected tasks #2, #4 and #6 – the ones marked by red borders.screenshot_1.png

  2. With the items selected, use the intuitive Style Pane on the right to customize them. Any changes you make will instantly apply to the whole selection.multiple-selection-change-color-simultaneously.png


B) Apply to All

With large, detailed timelines that have many data points, using multiple selection for mass customization might become a little cumbersome, especially if you wish to apply the same styling options to all objects of the same type. In this situation, you may want to use Office Timeline’s Apply to all functionality.


  1. In Timeline View, select one of the timeline elements you wish to customize, and then change its appearance using the Style Pane. In the image below, you can see we've selected the "Scrub Metrics Defined" milestone shape and styled it as a large orange star.


  2. When done customizing, click on Apply to all at the bottom of the styling section corresponding to your selected item (it should automatically be open in the Style Pane).


  3. Office Timeline Online will instantly apply your selected object’s customizations to all similar timeline elements.updated-timeline-apply-to-all.png

Note: What is important to remember here is that clicking the Apply to All button will impact all properties within the same styling group. For instance, in our example, the web tool applied the same shape, color, size and position to all milestone markers, while keeping titles and dates as they were.

If you wish to selectively apply a single property to all similar timeline elements, click on the small down arrow next to Apply to all and choose the type of customization you wish to replicate.


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