Digital PowerPoint Timer Instructions

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 21 comments

Editing-Digital-ClockThese instructions detail how to change the colours of the PowerPoint 2010 version of our Digital PowerPoint Timer.

The Digital PowerPoint Timer files have been built using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The files can also be used in 2007 following the same instructions – however, we would advise working within 2010 whenever possible. If you are using PowerPoint 2003, you can download the specific 2003 version of the Digital Timer.

Want a more detailed explanation, or don’t have to time to read through this now? Download the full instructions as a pdf file.

To change the colour of your Digital Clock in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 please follow these steps:



1. Download one of our variations of the PowerPoint 2010 Digital Timer file and open the file in PowerPoint 2010. Click on the ‘View Tab’ across the top of the screen and then click on the ‘Slide Master Button’.





2. From ‘Slide Master View’, click on the ‘Colours’ button. From the drop down menu that appears, select ‘Create New Colour Theme’.




3. The ‘Create New Theme Colours’ window will appear in the middle of the screen. From this menu you can uniformly change the colours of a presentation, but in this instance the only 2 relevant colours to edit are ‘Accent 1’ and ‘Accent 2’. When you open the file there will be 2 shades of yellow; one darker, and the other lighter. We recommend selecting 2 shades of the same colour when you change this,  so that the digital numbers will be easy to see without clashing.

To change the colours click on the downward arrow next to either ‘Accent 1’ or ‘Accent 2’ and select the ‘More Colours’ button.



4. Use the options in the ‘Colours’ window to select the colours you want. You can either enter the RGB value, or drag the colour picker around the spectrum to find the shade you want. Once you are happy with your selection select ‘OK’ to close the window.




5. Repeat this process for the other Accent colour. You can name the new colour pallet if desired, and click on ‘Save’ in the ‘Create New Theme Colours’ window to apply the changes. Now click on the ‘Close Master View’ button to return to your slides.


The clock will now display your specified colours. It might take some trial and error to work out which colours work best for you, so to get you started we have a list of RGB references you may find useful in our full instructions pdf document.



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21 Comments to Digital PowerPoint Timer Instructions

  1. #1

    Keith Davis

    5:19 pm, April 10th, 2011

    Hi boys
    Looks like a useful piece of kit.
    I don’t do much powerpoint, but if I did….

    Thanks for the info.

  2. #2

    Jessica Pyne

    4:00 pm, April 11th, 2011

    Thanks Keith – we’re glad you enjoyed it.

  3. #3

    Stuart Crous

    2:02 pm, May 28th, 2011

    How do you change the colour of the digital count down timer in Power point 2003??? Instructions are only for 2007 and 2010 versions?
    Please help…

  4. #4

    Joby Blume

    11:07 am, June 2nd, 2011

    Stuart, sorry, not easily.

    You can’t change the colours on the current 2003 version, I’m not confident the engine in powerpoint 2003 would be able to handle so many emf files on one slide without corrupting.

    If you really wanted to do it you would probably need to work in PPT 2010 and then import into 2003

  5. #5


    8:58 am, August 3rd, 2011

    Is it possible to change from 10 minutes to, let’s say; 12 minutes. How can I change that on PPT

  6. #6

    Jessica Pyne

    9:30 am, August 3rd, 2011

    Hi Sally – Yes, this is easily done. Simply download the 20 minute version of the slides from the Digital PowerPoint Timer page and start the presentation from the 12 minute slide – in this case, slide 10. This can either be done by selecting the slide and hitting Shift+F5 (which will always launch slideshow mode from the current slide), or by deleting all the slides in front it, so that it will always start at 12 minutes. Enjoy!

  7. #7


    3:49 am, September 2nd, 2011

    Good timer! Cant wait for the 60, 30 sec one to get uploaded. Btw, is there any way to change the background color? When I do it the numbers are hard to see. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  8. #8

    Jessica Pyne

    12:31 pm, September 2nd, 2011

    Thanks Paul! Glad you like it. There are now 30 and 90 second versions of the timer available to download on the Digital PowerPoint Timer page – for a 60 second one, simply download a 90 second or longer version, and start the presentation on the last slide.

    I’m not sure about the background colour – let me pass this on to the designers and see what they say. Will keep you posted!

  9. #9

    Jessica Pyne

    7:31 am, September 6th, 2011

    Hi Paul, I received this response from our design team:

    If you change the background colour you would need to change the number colour to make the numbers more visable. To do this they would need to change accent colour 1 and 2 colour in the slide master – this can only be done in the 2010 version.

    Hope this helps!

  10. #10


    7:42 pm, November 29th, 2011

    Hey, is there an easy way to change the “gray” color of the background/non-active sections of the numbers? Great timer!

  11. #11

    Jessica Pyne

    12:22 pm, December 7th, 2011

    Hi Kevin,

    Unfortunately there isn’t a way to change the negative numbers. But you can still be creative with the active number colour!


  12. #12


    5:41 pm, January 23rd, 2012

    Do you have a count UP clock? I need a stopwatch-like clock.


  13. #13

    Jessica Pyne

    4:38 pm, January 24th, 2012

    Vida – Sorry but we don’t, we’ve never encountered the need for one before! I’ll pass your request on to the design team.

  14. #14


    3:26 am, July 28th, 2012


  15. #15

    Jessica Pyne

    1:10 pm, August 6th, 2012

    You’re welcome, Habibu. Hope you enjoy the template!

  16. #16

    Evan D

    2:17 pm, October 10th, 2012

    Is it possible to put these into a 16:9 ratio presentation while maintaining the size of the clock?

  17. #17

    Jessica Pyne

    9:49 am, October 15th, 2012

    Hi Evan,

    Unfortunately this isn’t possible at the moment – we are working on producing a 16:9 version of the digital timer, but our designers are currently very busy. We’ll keep you informed of any updates.

  18. #18


    2:17 pm, January 21st, 2013

    Hi I have download the timer but cant get it to work on Powerpoint 2003

  19. #19

    Jessica Pyne

    9:00 am, January 22nd, 2013

    Hi Inderjit, sorry to hear you’re having issues. Did you download the 2003 version of the timer? What issues are you encountering exactly? Is there an error message? If you can reply back with as much information as possible, we’ll try to identify the problem.

  20. #20


    5:00 pm, February 4th, 2013


    Thank you very much indeed. It’s incredibly helpful. Is it possible to set the the 90- minute timer to only 75 minutes? That’s the time allowed for the written section of the TOEIC test, and I’d like to used it for the mock tests with my students.

    I’ve tried to delete the first 15 slides, but when I come to 1:15 minutes, it adds a minute by starting at 1:15:59, rather than starting at 1:14:59.

  21. #21

    Jessica Pyne

    9:35 am, February 5th, 2013

    Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for getting in touch. To get it to a 1:15 countdown, just delete an extra slide – the slideshow will start from 1:14:59. Please get back in touch if you experience any further difficulty!