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Countdown Timers in PowerPoint

For Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 & 2003

Creating a PowerPoint presentation with countdown timer slides is easy.

Timer Example

You can also download and use this sample timer which increments up to 20 minutes with 1 minute intervals; great for training, speaking, and other presentations. Look for the bit of humor as the timer finishes.

Download These Examples

PowerPoint Countdown Timer (can be used with PowerPoint 2010, 2007 or 2003)
(first slide is black-press [Enter] to move forward)
Featured images are from Animation Factory.

This presentation has been saved as a slide show so it can be opened quickly in slide show view. For easy use, I copy this to my desktop so I don't have to navigate to folders to find it.

Timers Cheat Sheet
(use as a reference to quickly move to the starting slide you want)

Creating a Countdown Timer

  1. Create a new presentation in PowerPoint and insert a blank slide. Or insert a blank slide in an existing presentation.
     
  2. Insert a text box and type the number '1' or '01' or '001' depending on how many digits you want your counter to display. Center the text, change the font style, and increase the font to a large size.
     
  3. Choose Animation tab > Transition to This Slide (PowerPoint 2007) or Slide Show > Slide Transition (PowerPoint 2003) to apply a slide transition and set the advance to the desired interval (1 second, 1 minute, etc.)
    How To Create Slide Transitions in PowerPoint
     
  4. Choose View > Slide Sorter (both versions) and click the formatted timer slide. Right-click on slide and left-click on Copy then right-click again to Paste an identical slide. Repeat as many times as you want to create the sequential slides for the countdown timer.
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  5. For each of the consecutive slides, edit the countdown number in reverse order until the last slide contains the number '1' or add concluding text.
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Improve your countdown timer by experimenting with slide backgrounds, transitions, animations, font color and style, etc. to create a unique look. Add images or text such as "Minutes Left" or "Seconds Remaining."

 


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Hot Tip
From the Slide Sorter View, double-click on any slide to edit the slide.
 
Did You Know?
To move to a specific slide when a presentation is running, type the slide number and then press [Enter].

 
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