Issue:  Is your timescale not quite divided into increments that you want?   Or is your chart way too wide or narrow?


  • For example,  weeks are shown and you want to see months or vice versa? 
  • At first creation, Timeline Maker automatically places the timescale the length of time on your screen and it is divided up automatically.  Sometimes you want it to look differently or show more or less information in the timescale. 


Solution:  One or more of these solutions may help you.  


1.  Widen the increments (Expand)  along the timescale, effectively spacing out the chart's tic marks, allowing more room for the boxes to print. 
  •  To do this, click on the timescale, then click on the right arrow key on your keyboard.   
  • OR use the toolbar button to expand  it (see the  --> button). 
  • Sometimes this changes the content, such as years to months, on the timescale.
  • New to version 4.2:  Elastic timescale:  Stretch the timescale outward.  Click on the timescale and hold the mouse button down at the edge.  Drag it outward a bit. 


2.  Decrease the increments. (Compress).


  • The reverse of #1, you may narrow your chart by compressing it.  
  • Use the Compress button ( <--- ) or your keyboard's left arrow key to narrow the entire chart's timescale.  
  • Sometimes this changes the content, such as months to years, on the timescale.
  • New to version 4.2:  Elastic timescale:  Shrink the timescale inward.  Click on the timescale and hold the mouse button down at the outward edge.  Drag it  inward a bit. 



3.  Insert Breaks.


  • Where there are inactive areas of on the timeline, ie no events, you can Insert a Break in many cases. It cuts out that section, shown by a jagged break.
  • All versions: To create a break on the timescale, click on it. Run the cursor along it. If it flashes another color, you can insert a break into the chart. Right click and select the option.  To remove a break, right click on the break and choose Delete Break.
  • Version 4 users, click TIMESCALE, Insert Breaks button.  
  • Version 3 users can click are in th HOME then the Auto Breaks button.  
  • Delete any break by hovering the cursor above a break and choosing Delete break.