Three Easy Ways to Make a Gantt chart (+ Free Excel Template).

This article:
Method #1: Create a Gantt chart using the Office Timeline PowerPoint plugin
Method #2: Create a Gantt chart with ExcelDIY version

Method #3: Create a Gantt chart with Vizzlo
Gantt Chart Essential Information Task name
2. Task length
3. Task relationships
4. Task dependencies
5. Milestones

Tips for working with Gantt chartsTip #1 – Start with the Task List
Tip #2: Add the Dependencies
Tip #3: Include Enough Milestones
Tip #4: Use Colors
Tip #5 – Add Your Resources
Bonus Tip: Do not print the Gantt chart!

My conclusion: Gantt charts can be produced using the best tools
FAQWhat information is included in a Gantt chart’s description?
What is a Gantt diagram used for?
How can I create a Gantt chart using Excel?

Next steps

Gantt charts are a common tool for project managers. Gantt charts are everywhere, even if you don’t manage projects, but you are involved in project teams or manage Agile projects.
Microsoft Project is a great tool for creating Gantt charts. I have used it for many years. MS Project and similar tools can be too complicated for project stakeholders who don’t care about the details. Gantt charts are often not the best way to communicate with stakeholders.
What can you do instead? What can you do if your project isn’t big enough to warrant a Gantt chart. Or, if you don’t have the software necessary to create a Gantt Chart,
I can help! This article will show you how to create Gantt charts with Excel and PowerPoint. These are tools that you probably already have. Vizzlo is another graphics program I use to create Gantt chart presentations.
My project management resource library offers a basic Gantt Chart Excel template for free. This is a subscriber-only advantage. You’ll have access to over 20 project management templates and resources that will help you keep your career and projects on track.
You’ll also learn what needs to be in your Gantt chart for it to be useful, and I’ll give you some tips on working with Gantt charts.
Let’s get started!
Method #1: Create a Gantt chart using the Office Timeline PowerPoint plugin
Office Timeline is a free plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s a Gantt chart creator program that allows you to create neat Gantt diagrams from within PowerPoint.
You can set milestones, choose dates and show progress. This feature is only available in the paid version. It is as simple to use as PowerPoint. This is a great way to create Gantt charts directly on your PowerPoint slides, even if you have a lot of PowerPoint status reports.
This video will show you how to create a Gantt Chart using the Office Timeline PowerPoint plugin.
Method #2: Create a Gantt chart with Excel
How can I create an Excel Gantt chart?
That question is often asked of me! Okay, so Excel is not a traditional Gantt charts tool. But I have something that will magically transform Excel into a Gantt charts tool.
Excel is a great tool. We must be realistic about the ability of our stakeholders and teams to review and understand Gantt charts. Excel is the solution. Excel is easy to understand and simple to use because most stakeholders are familiar with spreadsheets.
Here’s an example showing how a Gantt charts Excel schedule might look. It’s clean and colorful, and it shows all you would expect from Gantt charts in a very user-friendly manner.
This spreadsheet was created using the Gantt Excel tool.
DIY version
Excel can be used to create what looks like a Gantt diagram.
Although it’s not a Gantt chart strictly speaking, it’s sufficient as a communication tool to most stakeholders, especially for teams with low project management maturity.

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