The term “connectors” refers to the arrows which connect the events to the timescale. By default, the Flag Chart is created with a single connector arrow pointing to the event’s start date on the timescale. However, Timeline Maker Pro allows you to customize your connectors so that, if desired, you can show the duration of events by displaying a connector for both the start and end date.

Tip: To change the default connector setting, select File > Options > Chart and click on the desired setting.

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Choosing a connector style

Timeline Maker Pro provides twelve different connector styles to choose from. Users can modify the fill color, as well as the outline color, line style and thickness.

Note: The program does not allow individual connectors to be modified. Instead, all connectors on the Flag Chart are modified when a change is applied.

To select a connector style:

  1. While viewing your Flag Chart, click the Chart tab.
  2. Click the down arrow under Styles in the Connector group.
  3. Select the desired connector style.

Showing event duration

For events that span a date range, you can choose to show the duration of the event by displaying a connector for both start and end dates.

To show event duration:

  1. While viewing your Flag Chart, click the Chart tab.


#In the Connector group, click the Show Duration checkbox. A checkmark indicates that the option is activated.

Customizing the connector

To select a fill color:

  1. While viewing the Flag Chart, select the Chart tab.
  2. In the Connector group, click the down arrow beside Arrow Fill.
  3. Choose a color from either the Theme Colors (drawn from the theme currently in use), Standard Colors, or click More Colors to choose a custom color.

Tip: If you wish to leave the fill blank, select No Fill in the Arrow Fill drop down list.

To customize the arrow outline:

  1. While viewing the Flag Chart, select the Chart tab.
  2. In the Connector group, click the down arrow beside Arrow Outline.
  3. Choose an outline Style, Color and/or Width.

Tip: If you choose to have no outline, select the first option in the style menu, which looks like a blank space.

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