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Add a Timer For Google Slides Presentation In 2 Ways

May 11, 2023

Did you know that adding a timer for Google Slides can keep you on track with your presentation? 

Pacing yourself in presentations is easier when you can see how much time you've spent speaking. 

In this article, we will discuss the following:

  • Insert a countdown timer by embedding a YouTube video

  • Add a timer to Google Slides by using a slides timer

  • Advantages of adding timers to your Google Slides presentation

  • Frequently asked questions about timer for Google Slides

Insert a Countdown Timer by Embedding a YouTube Video

One way to insert a timer video into your Google Slides presentation is by embedding a YouTube video timer. To do that, you must follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click the Google Apps icon, and select "Google Slides."

    Click Google Apps button and select Google Slides.
  2. Select an existing presentation from the Google Slides tab.

    Select an existing presentation
  3. Then, click the specific slide in your presentation where you want to add a timer.

    Choose a Google Slide presentation where you want to put the video timer
  4. Go to the Insert tab and click "Video" from the drop-down menu.

    Go to the "Insert" menu bar and select "Video" from the drop-down menu.
  5. Select the "YouTube" option and type "countdown timer" (no quotes) in the search bar. Then, press Enter.

    select YouTube tab and click the search bar. Then type "Countdown timer 5 minutes"
  6. Choose your preferred countdown preview and click Insert.

    Select a particular video timer and click "Insert."
  7. Once your countdown timer appears on your slide, move and adjust it to your desired position.

    Once your video timer appears on your slide, move and adjust it.

Add a Timer to Google Slides by Using the Slides Timer

Another way to embed a timer to your Google Slides is by adding the slides timer extension. Here are the steps:

  1. Type "Slides Timer Chrome extension" (no quotes) on your Google Chrome address bar and press Enter.

    On your address bar, type "Slides Timer Chrome Extension"
  2. Click the "Slides timer extension" on the Google search results.

    click the "Slider Timer extension" on the Google search result.
  3. You'll be redirected to the Chrome web store. Click the "Add to Chrome" button.

    Click "Add to Chrome"
  4. A notification will appear at the top of your Windows; select "Add extension" to continue.

    Click "Add extension"
  5. Once your Slides Timer is visible in your Extensions, go to your Google Slides presentation.

    Once the slides timers appears on your extension go back to your Google Slides
  6. Select a particular slide and create a text box.

    Select a slide then click "Text box" in the toolbar section and drag it to your slide deck.
  7. To create a countdown timer, type "<< + the specified time + >>" (no quotes) on the placeholder.

    type "<< + the specified time + >>" on the placeholder on your slide.
  8. Then, click the "Slide show" button to check if the timer video playback before it goes to the next slide.

    Check if the countdown timer is working.

Advantages of Adding Timers to Your Google Slides Presentation

The following are the benefits of embedding a timer on your Google Slides:

  • It gives specified time for your breaks.

  • You can easily time your quizzes.

  • You can maintain good pacing for your slides.

  • You'll know when to move to the next slide for your presentation.

Final Thoughts on Adding Timers for Google Slides

Adding a timer on Google Slides helps you maintain the ideal pacing for your presentation. Following our instructions, you can easily embed a timer into your slides.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Timer For Google Slides:

What is the significance of embedding a countdown timer for Google Slides?

A timer for Google Slides can help you and your viewers track how much time has gone. Plus, it helps you set a time limit for each slide presentation.

What are the keyboard shortcuts for adding a new slide?

The keyboard shortcuts for adding a new slide are Ctrl + M. 

What are the keyboard shortcuts for enabling "Slideshow presentation mode?"

Press Ctrl + Shift + F5 to start your presentation at the beginning of your Google Slides.

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