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.


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.



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.
  • 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.
  • If you are in th HOME tab, try  the Insert Breaks button.