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Tutorial for Timing 001 – Gantts

Using Gantt Charts

This series is used to lay out the timing for established goals and activities. Use star, circle, triangle, other AutoShapes to signify a noteworthy event or activity. Use lines for spans of activity. It is usually better to use a wider line for this type of chart: a 4-point line usually works out well, whether projecting the presentation or printing it out. Each of the "time" segments is exactly the same size. They are actually rectangles, not lines, so that a section may be colored for an added layer of information.

Customizing the Gantts

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Since you are going to be placing text and other important elements on top of the lines and colors of these frameworks, it's best to use subdued colors. Never sacrifice clarity for design.

3D variations

3D should not be used with these frameworks.


Shadows should not be used with these frameworks.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used to create a distinction between the pieces. The lines can then be eliminated. Be sure that the gradients are subtle so that your overlaying text "pops."


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals are best with this type of framework. Perhaps animating the text as reveals instead of the framework is a good scheme to consider.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

TI001 – Timing 001 – Gantts

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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