Notion recently introduced a new way to view your database data, timeline view. Timeline view is essentially a gantt chart view of your database. This sounds complicated but is actually really easy to set up in Notion and this guide will teach you everything you need to know to use the timeline view effectively.
So how do you enable timeline view in Notion? Enclosed below are the steps required to setup timeline view in Notion:
- Open up Notion to your database
- Hover over database and select “Add a View”
- Give view a name and select “Timeline” and click the “Create” button
- Your database will now be in timeline view
- Setup filters and the time interval based on your needs
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Notion Timeline View Tutorial
Open up Notion
Open Notion and navigate to to the page that contains the database that you want to add a timeline view to. Please note you can also add a timeline view to a linked database of an existing database as well. More information on how to create and use linked databases can be found in the tutorial linked below:
In order to effectively use the timeline view in Notion, your database should have a least one column that is a date property type. The timeline view uses dates as the basis of its view.
Adding a Timeline View to a Database in Notion
To add your timeline view to your database in Notion, hover your mouse over the database. An “+ Add a view” button should appear as shown in the screenshot above. Click on the “+ Add a view” button”.
A menu listing the database view types for Notion will appear. Give your view a name and click the “Create” button as shown in the screenshot above. In our example, I gave my timeline view the name “Timeline View“. I recommend using a name that explicitly describes the view.
Your timeline view should now be visible. Each item in your database will appear on the left with the timeline to the right.
Next, let’s learn how to customize the timeline view in Notion.
Customizing the Timeline View in Notion
Notion is great at providing ways to customize how your data appears and this ability extends to the timeline view. The first thing you might want to do is to hide the list of items in your timeline view so that you only see the timeline.
To hide the items in your database while in timeline view, simply click on the “double left arrow” button as shown in the screenshot above.
This will hide the items from the view so that you only see your timeline (like the example shown above). To unhide the list of items in timeline view, click on the double right arrow button.
Your timeline should now have the items showing again.
Choosing the Time Property Column in Timeline View for Notion
If you have more than one date property in your Notion database, you can configure which one your timeline view uses. To select the date property column to use, hover your mouse over the timeline view and click on the ellipsis (…) button.
You should now see a menu like the one above appear on your screen. Select the “Timeline by” option.
Choose the property type to use. In our example, we only have one date property type in our database so we selected it.
Customizing the Time Interval Used in Notion Timeline View
While the default time interval in Notion’s timeline view is monthly, you can change it very easily to suit your needs. To change the time interval of your timeline in Notion, do the following:
Above your timeline, you should see a dropdown menu button on the right hand side as shown above. Click on the button.
A pop-up menu should appear listing the time options that you can pick. The time intervals you can select are:
- Month (default)
Select the option you want. Notion will display your timeline based on your selection.
In our example, we changed the interval to bi-weekly and Notion redrew the timeline to reflect the bi-weekly interval as you can see in the image above.
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Good luck!
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