If you actively engage your audience, there are times you want them to be aware of the time. For these times you can add a timer to a PowerPoint slide.
There are many different reasons that you use a PowerPoint timer. So, learning how to add a countdown timer to PowerPoint can be helpful. Here are a few examples:
- If you must give a presentation in a short amount of time you can add a timer to PowerPoint slides to keep you on track.
- If you include a Q&A section to your presentation you might want to add a timer so the audience knows that they've a limited time to ask or answer questions.
- A timer can also track the time left in a break for a longer presentation.
In this article, I’ll show you three different methods for how to insert a timer in PowerPoint. You'll also explore some premium templates from Envato Elements and learn why templates are beneficial. Finally, we’ll look over some common PowerPoint questions and answers.
How to Add a Timer to Your PowerPoint Presentation
Timers can have many purposes in your presentation. But mainly, you use them to keep track of time passing or let the audience know the time.
If you want to know how to insert timer in PowerPoint, then keep reading. For this tutorial, I’ll be using the Multima Multipurpose Template from Envato Elements.
Also, for this tutorial, I’ll be focused on slide four. Here's what slide four looks like without edits made to the slide.
Three methods can be used to add a timer to PowerPoint or insert a countdown clock in PowerPoint. Let's take a look at each method:
Method #1 Use an Add-in
Add-ins are PowerPoint tools that you can add to your PowerPoint toolbar. There are add-ins for lots of different tools, including timers. Here are the steps explaining how to add an add-in timer to your slide:
To access the add-in menu, click on the Insert tab. Next, click on the Get Add-ins button in the toolbar.
This causes an add-ins store to pop up in a window. Choose the timer add-in that you want to add to PowerPoint.
Method #2 Create a Bar Timer
The bar method is effective in showing the passage of time. Here are the steps for adding a bar timer to the bar of your presentation slide:
1. Create a Timer Base
To add a bar timer to PowerPoint, click on the Insert tab. Next, click on the Shapes button.
When you click this button, a shape menu drops down. Choose the rectangle shape. Next, draw the rectangle.
If you'd like, right-click on the rectangle and select Fill to change the color of the rectangle.
To add text to the rectangle, click Insert and then click Text Box.
2. Add Movement to Your Timer
Click the rectangle and click on the Animations tab. If you've added text hold down the CMD key to select it as well.
Next, click on the Exit Effects button in the toolbar. When you click on this button, an animation menu drops down. From the Animation menu, click on the Fly Out option.
To make the timer exit to one side of the slide, click on the Animation Pane button in the toolbar. When you click on this button, a pane opens on the right side of your window.
Next, click on the Effect Options section from the pane. There's a Property field under the Effect Options section. Click on the field and the menu drops down.
Finally, choose the To Left option. Selecting this option gives your shape a timer effect.
3. Create a Custom Duration
Click on the Animation tab. In the toolbar, click on the Animation Pane button.
In the pane that appears, click on the Timing section. In the Timing section, there's a Duration field. Click on the field, and the menu drops down. Choose the duration you want or enter a custom duration.
Method # 3 Create a Clock
The clock method is similar to the bar method. This is great for people who want their timer to look more like a clock.
Here are the steps on how to add a clock timer to your slide:
1. Pick Your Clock Base
First, you need to choose a clock base. You can use a shape that came with the template or create your own. Remember, it needs to be a shape and not an image.
This shape will be the inner part of the clock that we'll use as the clock. Next, I'll show you how to make the outside of the clock.
To begin, I moved some elements from the slide to make room for the clock. Now, choose which shape that you want your clock to be. I chose the circle.
Click on the Insert tab. In the toolbar, click on the Shapes button. When you click on this button, a shape menu drops down. Draw the circle where you want your clock to be.
Next, repeat drawing shapes around the middle shape to create a clock. I chose more circles.
After you've drawn the shapes, you’ll need to add numbers to show time. Double click inside the shape and type the number you want.
To add a text box, click the Insert tab. Next, click on the Text Box button in the toolbar button. Draw the text box in the outside shapes. Again, type the number that you want.
2. Pick Your Clock’s Color
Customize your clock by choosing the color. Begin by clicking on the shape.
Next, click on the Shape Format tab. Then, click on the Format Pane button in the toolbar. When you click on this button, a pane appears on the right side of your window.
Now, click on the Fill section of the pane. Then, click on the Color button. When you click on this button, a color menu drops down. Choose the color you want.
3. Add Movement to Your Clock
Now you need to add movement to your clock to show time passing. Begin by clicking on the middle circle.
Next, click on the Animations tab. There's an entrance group in the toolbar with green stars. Scroll to the left until you see the wheel option. Select the wheel option.
4. Customize Your Clock’s Duration
Adding a custom clock duration can make your timer more accurate. Start by selecting the middle circle.
Next, click on the Animations tab. Then click on the Animation Pane button in the toolbar. This opens a pane on the right side of your window.
In the animation pane, click on the Timing section of the pane. Next, there's a Duration field in the timing section. Click on the Duration field. When you click on this field, a menu drops down with duration options. Or you can create a custom duration in this menu.
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FAQ About Microsoft PowerPoint
If you don’t know much about PowerPoint or know some, you still might have questions. Here are some common PowerPoint questions and answers:
1. How Do I Make an Interactive Quiz in my Presentation?
First, figure out what questions you want to ask your audience. After deciding which questions, you want type up the questions and the multiple-choice answers.
Next, add any icons and animations. For a more in-depth tutorial on how to add an interactive quiz to your presentation, read this article:
- How to Make a Basic Interactive Quiz in PowerPoint From a PPT Template (+Video)Andrew Childress30 Aug 2021
2. How Do I Show the Different Options of a Decision?
You can show the decision-making process and different possible outcomes through a decision tree. You can either create a node decision tree or a branch decision tree. Learn how in this tutorial:
- How to Quickly Make a Decision Tree in PowerPoint By Customizing Templates (+ Video)Alexis (Lexi) Rodrigo24 May 2021
3. How Do I Give My Presentation Over Zoom?
It's become more common to present PowerPoint Presentations over a video call. To present your presentation over zoom, you need to have both zoom and Microsoft PowerPoint. Here's an in-depth tutorial on how to give your PowerPoint presentation over Zoom:
- How to Share PowerPoints Presentations in Zoom Webinar Meetings in 2020Andrew Childress23 Nov 2020
4. How Do I Add an Image to my PowerPoint presentation?
There are several ways to add images to presentations:
- You can copy and paste an image into your presentation.
- Another way to add a photo to your presentation is to click on the Insert tab. Next, click on the Pictures button. Choose an option from the drop-down menu depending on the location of your image. Now, double click on the image, resize as needed.
Discover more about working with images below:
5. How Do I Add Charts or Graphs to My PowerPoint Template?
Charts and graphs can be helpful when presenting data.
To add a chart or graph to your template, click on the Insert tab. In the toolbar, click on the Chart button. When you click on this button, a chart menu drops down. Choose the chart you want.
For a more in-depth tutorial, read this article:
Add a Timer to Your Next PowerPoint Presentation
Countdown timers in presentations can help you keep track of time. Or they can make the audience aware of the time.
Premium PowerPoint templates give you a great base that you can add a timer to PowerPoint in. In this article, you found out how to add a timer to PowerPoint. We also went over the benefits of templates from Envato Elements. Finally, I answered common PowerPoint Questions.
Now that you know how, why not download a PowerPoint template now? Add a timer to your next PowerPoint presentation.