There are times that you may want a visual representation of your tables to update others or track your progress according to time and dependencies. A great way to visualize data in a Coda table is by turning it into a timeline chart (also sometimes referred to as a Gantt chart depending on the implementation).

Step 1: Create your table

Below, we've built a simple task list for launching a product. We have five phases. Each phase has tasks that must be completed within that period, and each task has a start and end date. 

Step 2: Turn your table into a timeline chart

To see this table as a timeline chart, hover over the table, select Options in the top right, select Charts > Chart Display, and then select Timeline from the dropdown.

Step 3. Give a project overview with your chart

This looks good, but maybe we want to see this project by individual owner instead of each separate task.  First, we'll group the owner column to the left. Now, when we select timeline chart, we have the option to collapse each phase and see a roll up of our tasks by owner.

Step 4. Add further customization

You can customize your timeline view even further by clicking the Chart Options menu:

Some of our favorite customization options are hiding/showing the table title, and adjusting the time axis based on the duration of your tasks.

Troubleshooting

Timeline charts are all about time. So, in order for your timeline to work properly, you must either select START and END columns, with date formats, or START and DURATION columns. If using duration, make sure you specify days with "days" in the text string. 

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