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Digital Storytelling Tools: TimelineJS

About TimelineJS

TimelineJS is the creation of Knight Labs at Northwestern University.  It is freely available. 

Step by Step

Sign In

All you need is a gmail account. 

Make a copy of the timeline template

  • Rename the Google spreadsheet so you can find it in your Drive
  • Do not edit or delete any of the column names
  • There can be no blank rows in the spreadsheet

Plan your timeline slide by slide


  • date format and range
  • background color
  • language, font


Publish Changes


  • Timelines can be shared through links, on social media, or hosted on a web site using the embed code provided