There are several ways you can customize the time pivot on a Timeline. You can adjust the timeline's scale and date range, set the timeline's time period indicators, and set other date preferences such as date and year labels.

In addition to customizing a Timeline's time pivot, you can add theme-based data pivots and format the Timeline's layout and colors.

Adjusting the timeline's scale and range

Because a timeline is a time-oriented visualization of a roadmap, one of its main components is the time range represented by the horizontal timeline along the top. 

Adjust the timeline's scale

The scale of a timeline determines the time range that is visible on the screen. 

1. Drag and drop the time slider above the timeline, or drag the handles on either end along the timeline to zoom in or out on the timeline by adjusting the time range that is visible on the screen.
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As you drag the slider, the dates at either end of the timeline change.
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To more precisely set the range, click each date to select and exact Start Date and End Date in the date picker.

Adjust the Timeline's date range

In addition to adjusting the Timeline's scale, you can limit the date range of the entire timeline by setting its start and end dates. A timeline's date range determines two things: 1) The items that are included in a timeline (only those within the set date range), and 2) The outer limits of the timeline slider.

To set the date range:

1. Click the Date Preferences icon on the far left of the timeline.

2. In the Date Preferences dialog, under Date Settings, select a Start Date and an End Date.
3. Click Save.

NOTE: Roadmunk supports roadmaps that extend to 2050. Before setting the date range, take a look at how it affects the time periods you can display on the Timeline.

Setting the Timeline's time period indicators

Timelines are split into time period indicators that are labelled along the top and extend downwards as dotted vertical lines to form the timeline's columns. Today's date, if it's within the timeline's scale, appears as a vertical red line.

You can set each time indicator in the timeline to a different period: Months, Quarters, Halves, or Years. Which time periods you select will depend on the scale of the timeline and the degree of detail that you want.

Set a time period indicator

1. On the timeline, click the time period indicator you want to set.
2. In the dropdown, select the time period: Months, Quarters, Halves, or Years.
TIP: Mouse over each selection to see how it will affect the appearance of the timeline.

Time periods and the Timeline date range

A timeline's date range (see above) determines which time periods you can display on the timeline.

  • Weeks: less than six months
  • Months: less than five years
  • Quarters: less than eight years
  • Halves: less than 15 years

Setting other date preferences

You can set other date preferences in the Date Preferences dialog. 

To open the dialog, click the Date Preferences icon on the far left of the timeline.

1. Label time periods using Calendar Year of Fiscal Year

If your roadmap has a Fiscal Year-End, you can label the time periods in a Timeline using the Calendar Year or the Fiscal Year. If you select Fiscal Year, the items on the Timeline keep their Calendar Year dates but are plotted on the timeline in relation to the Fiscal Year.

To set the label, select Calendar or Fiscal in the Date Label dropdown under Date Settings in the dialog.

NOTE: If your roadmap has a Calendar Year-End, this option is not available and the dropdown will be grayed-out.

2. Set the format of Fiscal Year labels

If your roadmap has a Fiscal Year-end and you choose to label time periods using the Fiscal Year, you can set the format of the labels (FY 2017-2018, FY 2018, FY18, etc.).

To set the format, select it in the Label Style dropdown under Fiscal Year Settings in the dialog.

NOTE: If your roadmap has a Calendar Year-End, this option is not available and the dropdown will be grayed-out.

3. Show weeks on the timeline

If your timeline's date range is less than six months, you can choose to show weeks on the timeline.

1. Under Week Settings in the dialog, select Show weeks on timeline.
2. Select the day to start weeks on in the Week Start Day dropdown.
3. Select the format of weeks in the timeline in the Week Label Format dropdown.

NOTE: If your the timeline date range is less than six months, this option is not available and the checkbox and dropdown will be grayed-out.

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