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How To Add a Timer to Your PowerPoint Presentations

Aug 16, 2022
How to add a timer to your PowerPoint presentation

Every good presenter knows the importance of timing during presentations. Fortunately, PowerPoint allows users to add timers to their slides.

Whatever your reasons for needing a countdown timer, we will show you how you can add one to your PowerPoint presentation in this article. You can either insert a ready-made countdown timer or create one yourself.

Without further ado, let's get started.

Using Countdown Timer Add-Ins

If you want to quickly add a timer in PowerPoint, you should take advantage of PowerPoint add-ins. An add-in is a program you can install to give PowerPoint new functionalities. A PowerPoint countdown timer is one of the functionalities you can get with add-ins.

To get an add-in in PowerPoint, locate "Get Add-ins" in the Insert tab. The program will direct you to Microsoft's add-in store from there. Search for "timer" to see the available options in the store.

Additionally, you can download a timer add-in from a third party or get one from a friend. Learn how to add or load a PowerPoint add-in.

Here are some PowerPoint countdown timers you can use:

Easy Timer

Easy Timer is a simple timer for your PowerPoint presentations. It allows users to choose between three types of clocks. These include an analog, bar, digital, and analog clock. Users can also combine the bar and digital clock to create a more advanced timer.

You will find this timer easy to use and customizable. After setting your time, you can set a reminder and choose between different sounds and snooze options.


The Breaktime timer is a tool you will find helpful during your presentation's break. With it, you can time breaks and ensure everyone is back in time.

There's more. Breaktime allows users to utilize a themed background. Design options such as books, drinks, and lunch will make things more interesting.

Though these countdown timers are easy to use, they offer little visual design flexibility. Hence, you might have to find another solution if you want to maintain the visual appeal of your PowerPoint slides. So, you might want to build your own countdown timer from scratch.

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How To Create PowerPoint Timers from Scratch

If you follow the right steps, you can create a timer from scratch without fuss. Here are two countdown timers that you can design yourself:

Bar Countdown Timer

You can create a bar timer if you want your audience to follow the time. Follow these simple steps to create one:

Develop a Shape Base

The first step to creating a bar countdown timer is to draw its shape base.

  • Go to the Insert tab
  • Click on "Shapes"
  • From the drop-down menu, select the rectangle and draw it.  

Additionally, you can beautify your rectangle by coloring it. Right-click on it and select "Fill." 

 If you want to add texts, go to "Insert" and select "Text box." 

Add movement

To add movement to the shape, click on it, and then the Animations tab. If the shape contains texts, press the CMD button to select them.

Go to the toolbar and select "Exit Effects." You should now see the Animation drop-down menu and select "Fly Out."

Customize the Animation

It's time to make your shape appear like a countdown timer.

  • Select "Effect options" from the Animations tab
  • Click on "Property" to open the drop-down menu
  • Choose either "To Left" or "To Right" depending on your preference. Your timer will now disappear in any direction you choose.

Set the Duration

The final step will be to set the duration of your timer.

  • Go to the Animations tab and select the Animation pane.
  • You will find "Duration" in the "Timing" section. Enter the amount of time you need.

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Countdown Clock

There aren't many differences between the bar countdown timer and the countdown clock. Hence, you should find it easy to create.

Choose Your Clock base

Start by choosing the shape you will be using for your clock. Remember not to pick a picture instead of an object.

The shape you pick will represent the inner part of your clock. We recommend that you choose a circle.

  • Go to the Insert tab
  • Select "Shapes" in the toolbar
  • Click on "Circle"

You can insert circles around the the circle to make it appear more like a clock. After that, number the external circles to display the time. Double-click on the circles and enter their numbers.

Alternatively, you can surround your main circle with text boxes. Locate the "Text box" in the Insert tab and enter a number.

Select a color

You can make your clock more appealing by coloring it.

  • Click on the circle and go to the "Shape Format" tab
  • You will find "Format Pane" in the toolbar. Select it to open it up.
  • Click on "Fill" and then "Color." Choose your preferred color.

Add movement

You should add a movement to the clock for your audience to follow the time.

  • Click on "Add Animations" in the Animations tab.
  • Choose the wheel option from the "Entrance" category.

Set the Duration

You can improve the accuracy of your timer with a custom clock duration.

  • Click on the main circle and go to the Animation tab
  • Select the "Animation pane" and go to "Timing"
  • Enter your preferred duration in the "Duration" field

Benefits of Adding Timers to Your Presentation

There are several reasons why you should add a timer to your Microsoft PowerPoint slide. Here are some of them:

  • A timer will come in handy when you need to deliver a presentation over a short period
  • It will allow you to time your quizzes
  • It will help you time your breaks

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Final Thoughts

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I insert a timer into PowerPoint?

Yes, You can insert a timer into PowerPoint using an add-in or by creating one.

How do you set a timer on PowerPoint Slides?

You can quickly set a timer on PowerPoint Slides using a countdown timer add-in.

Can I customize my own countdown timer?

Yes, you can create a custom timer in PowerPoint. We have provided step-by-step guides in this article.

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