PowerPoint Countdown Timer

Friday, September 18th, 2009 , 164 comments

powerpoint-clock-countdownOrganising a conference, event, or running training? Delegates always wandering off, and returning late? Too much uncertainty about when the next session should start?

This PowerPoint countdown timer can be displayed on screen at your event, making it absolutely clear to everybody when the next session should start. Build anticipation, ensure the room is settled on time, and keep things running smoothly. Prefer a more modern look? Check out our Digital PowerPoint Timer.

The PowerPoint countdown timer is twenty minutes long, with one minute per slide.

This clock timer is produced in PowerPoint – please download the file for your own use. It can be placed onto your own template or background. Choose how much time to run the countdown for by starting on the appropriate slide.

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164 Comments to PowerPoint Countdown Timer

  1. #1


    9:08 am, February 7th, 2010

    Very nice!!

  2. #2

    Joby Blume

    5:37 pm, February 8th, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words Limudim, glad you liked it.

  3. #3


    5:56 am, March 22nd, 2010

    Thank you…this is awesome…It will certainly come in handy

  4. #4

    Ryan Patton

    7:45 pm, April 30th, 2010

    This is very nice but do you know if there is something similar to this but that can count down days as well? Similar to like a countdown til christmas.

  5. #5

    Jessica Pyne

    7:58 pm, April 30th, 2010

    Ryan, we don’t have a day countdown timer as this would be a little impractical in PowerPoint – it would involve having to leave the file running in slideshow mode over the entire period of time being counted down. If there is a variation on this timer that you would like us to create, please let us know!

  6. #6

    Ben Greenfield

    8:25 pm, May 26th, 2010

    how can the time countdown be changed from 20 minutes to, for example, 5 minutes?

  7. #7

    Jessica Pyne

    9:40 pm, May 26th, 2010

    Ben, to start the timer from five minutes, simply start it at the appropriate slide (which I believe is slide 17). A quick way to start the presentation from a particular slide is to press Shift+F5 when you have that slide selected. You can even delete the previous slides if you don’t want to use them. Hope this helps!

  8. #8

    Keith A

    9:11 pm, June 7th, 2010

    These are great countdown timers…is there a way to reduce the size and include on an ongoing powerpoint presentation, like in the corner?

  9. #9

    Jessica Pyne

    3:42 pm, June 9th, 2010

    Thanks for the comment, Keith. I’m afraid this would be more or less impossible to do, as you cannot use a separate PowerPoint file while this one is showing.

    It would be possible to create slides themselves with the countdown in the corner, with different animations going on in the foreground on the same slide. However, for the countdown to work correctly the slide timings would have to be kept the same, meaning that each slide, no matter what was on it, would have to progress at the rate of one minute (no clicks involved). So it is not really a practical solution, I’m afraid!

  10. #10


    12:28 pm, October 18th, 2010

    please, teach me how you created this wonderful app

  11. #11

    Joby Blume

    9:38 am, October 20th, 2010

    Well the best way to get a sense of it would be to download the PowerPoint timer file and look at the animation. This is pretty advanced stuff – but if you want to learn how to make great slides, check out our PowerPoint Training section – it’s full of free videos.

  12. #12


    9:10 pm, October 25th, 2010

    It would be nice if this could be made to be half of a 2 column silde so I could have the discussion question up while the timer is counting down.

  13. #13

    Jessica Pyne

    11:43 am, October 27th, 2010

    That’s certainly an interesting idea, Jed! I’ve passed it on to the design team, and will email you to let you know how it pans out. If it works, we’ll make it available to download. Thanks for getting in touch!

  14. #14


    4:29 pm, November 8th, 2010

    This is PERFECT! I needed something like this for a presentation at my office, and this completely fits the bill! Thanks so much!

  15. #15

    Jessica Pyne

    12:15 pm, November 9th, 2010

    You’re welcome, Jaynee – we’re glad you find it useful! I hope your presentation goes well, and please check back often for new content – we update regularly, and welcome suggestions!

  16. #16


    12:04 pm, November 20th, 2010

    My compliments, what a nice countdown timer…….was in need of it!

  17. #17

    Jessica Pyne

    1:36 am, November 26th, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words, Remco – we’re glad you found it useful!

  18. #18


    2:28 pm, November 30th, 2010

    Thanks for the brilliant timer. Would it be possible to increase the time? Say to 25 or even 30 mins?

  19. #19

    Jessica Pyne

    4:04 pm, December 1st, 2010

    You’re welcome, Chris – we’re glad you like it. It is certainly possible to increase the time, but this would involve adding extra slides. We have plans to redevelop the timer in the near future, so I’ll pass this request on to our design team. They’re currently extremely busy, but I’ll let you know when the changes have been made!

  20. #20


    10:12 pm, December 20th, 2010

    Don’t look bad at all… but how about to get it on the website… is it possible …? and have to a countdown from 72 hours and down…?

  21. #21

    Jessica Pyne

    1:11 pm, December 21st, 2010

    Hi Nadejda – The PowerPoint Countdown Timer doesn’t work like website countdown timers. It could be uploaded onto a website if it were converted to video using technology such as iSpring – but it wouldn’t exceed the 20 minutes.

  22. #22


    6:40 am, December 29th, 2010

    Great countdown! But would you know why when I try to insert a song, the countdown will stop when it hits the next one minute time? Then the song starts over again but the timer freezes.

  23. #23

    Jessica Pyne

    4:37 pm, December 29th, 2010

    Tuan – It sounds like you may be adding the music as a sound effect, which can interfere with the animation. I’ve passed your query on to our design team, who should be able to identify the problem. I’ll be back in touch with their answer!

  24. #24

    Jessica Pyne

    2:11 pm, January 4th, 2011

    Tuan, I’ve had a response from our design team, which I’ll email to you now. I hope that it solves your problem!

    For any other visitors have been experiencing the same problem, we will shortly be posting it on the site, so that it’s available for everyone.

  25. #25


    6:25 pm, January 10th, 2011

    Wonderful! What a lifesaver!!! Thank you!!!!!!

  26. #26

    Jessica Pyne

    6:02 pm, January 11th, 2011

    You’re welcome, Limbocat – enjoy!

  27. #27


    2:04 am, January 17th, 2011

    Hi, Would like to ask how do i make a day counter instead of in hours, minutes and seconds? Thanks!

  28. #28

    Jessica Pyne

    9:28 am, January 17th, 2011

    Sheilina – In order to make the counter last for days rather than minutes, all of the animation lengths would have to be changed, and you’d have to keep the PowerPoint running for days. It is possible, but it would be very impractical – PowerPoint is not the best platform for timers that are due to last this long! If you are looking for a timer that will, I suggest that you search for ones designed for websites. Hope you find what you’re looking for!

  29. #29


    10:26 am, January 17th, 2011

    Love the look and the ease of use. Ran into a bit of a problem at slide 16 when the clock jumps ahead ten minutes to sixteen instead of six. It is fine again once you get to slide 17. For a quick fix, I was able to pull that series out and put in another zero, but I do get a little jump on the digit there and at the transition to the next slide. Please let me know if you post a revised version as your work is otherwise perfect!

  30. #30

    Jessica Pyne

    4:38 pm, January 19th, 2011

    Hi Joe – thanks for pointing out the error! We’ve fixed that now, and the corrected file is now available to download from the existing links. Thanks for getting in touch!

  31. #31

    Wes du Toit

    9:28 am, February 21st, 2011

    Great Timer!! The best I’ve seen online so far… but how can I make the timer smaller please. I want to put it in a corner of a single slide.

    Kindly advise

  32. #32

    Jessica Pyne

    2:46 pm, February 22nd, 2011

    Hi Wes, the timer can be made smaller, but it can be a little fiddly – it is on our design team’s To-Do list, but they are very busy at the moment! It is worth noting however that if you set the timer to play in the corner of a slide, that anything in the foreground of the slide would have to be timed exactly to match the timer – i.e., each slide would have to be on for exactly a minute, and you wouldn’t be able to click through anything. So it’s probably not the best solution! If you want it to play in the background while you have something else on, you would have to play it on a different machine.

  33. #33


    5:20 pm, February 25th, 2011

    I use Global Presenter for my wireless mouse. They used to provide software that enabled me to have one of the buttons on the mouse hotwired to a clock. When I clicked on the button the clock automatically came on the screen. Really great for training and wanting to put in a break a different points and not have to step over to the computer to make it show up. I now have Windows 7 and this software doesn’t work with Windows 7.

    I saw your countdown slides, Do you know of any type of a clock that I can use without going out of my PPT? Or even one that I could toggle to that would show the actual time?

  34. #34

    Jessica Pyne

    4:08 pm, March 1st, 2011

    Hi Becky,

    It’s not something we’ve looked into ourselves but there is a solution out there – see the Microsoft Office description to have a look. This should do what you’re looking for – alteratively, if you deliver your presentation in ‘Presenter Mode’, the time will appear in the bottom right hand corner.

  35. #35


    4:39 pm, March 25th, 2011

    For some reason when I add the timer to my existing PPP it doesn’t transition between the timer slides. It stops after counting one minute and then I have to manually click to get it to advance to the next minute to keep counting down. Is there an additional setting that I need to play to have the minutes count down consectively without any intervention?

  36. #36


    12:38 pm, April 3rd, 2011

    How do I make this timer last longer – I have a conference with 45 minute presentations?


  37. #37

    Jessica Pyne

    10:48 pm, April 4th, 2011

    Lee-Anne – Making the timer last longer involves creating additional slides, so can’t be done with the existing file. We don’t have longer lengths available for this timer, but we do have files for our digital PowerPoint timer that go up to 90 minutes. I hope this helps!

  38. #38

    Jessica Pyne

    4:01 pm, April 7th, 2011

    Becca, sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you. You may have to check the animation timings on the slides if you’ve pasted them into another deck – simply select the first animation on each slide (under Slideshow > Custom Animation) and check that it is programmed to start ‘After Previous’. This should get the slides running smoothly again.

    If this doesn’t solve the problem, or if you are unsure how to do this, please get back in touch and we’ll help you further.

  39. #39


    4:15 pm, April 10th, 2011

    realy i like it very mutch

  40. #40

    Jessica Pyne

    4:00 pm, April 11th, 2011

    Thanks for the kind words – we’re glad you like it!

  41. #41


    6:09 pm, April 13th, 2011

    This is very nice. We are trying to add in an activity to the presentation where there are 30 seconds for trivia. I can select the slide to get to a minutes countdown, but can the timer be set to 30 seconds? Thank you.

  42. #42


    7:43 pm, April 13th, 2011

    Do you have the same timer for an hour or is there an easy way for me to change it myself? This is great! I use it all the time!

  43. #43

    Jessica Pyne

    11:11 pm, April 13th, 2011

    Sorry Andrew, but short of editing the objects and animations themselves, there is no easy way to set the timer to 30 seconds. I’ll pass the request on to our design team, and see if they can get a 30 second version out for you!

    Diane – Unfortunately we do not currently have hour versions for this timer. Our Digital PowerPoint Timer has versions up to 90 minutes, if you’re willing to try a more futuristic design.

  44. #44


    8:20 am, May 24th, 2011

    Regarding having the countdown clock show days and even months. We are looking to include countdown clocks for the time until some major projects go into production. Currently that is about 3 months away but we would like to include countdown clocks now in our presentations. From this standpoint it may be worth while making a CC that has days and months as well.

  45. #45

    Jessica Pyne

    1:17 pm, May 25th, 2011

    Hi Jonathan,

    Unfortunately, we find in most cases that it is simply not practical to have a PowerPoint presentation open for that length of time. The clock won’t continue to count in the background if you close the PowerPoint viewer or turn the computer off. In any case, PowerPoint was not built for that sort of use, and it is highly likely that the program would be unable to cope with the number of animations that would be involved with this time period (it starts to have difficulties at over an hour). Including a timer in a presentation would not work either, as the countdown has its own animations and timings, which would affect how the presentation runs. I suggest looking for an online countdown timer to fulfill your needs – there are plenty of free ones available on the Internet.

  46. #46


    4:39 am, June 13th, 2011

    Very very good. Thank you so much

  47. #47

    Jessica Pyne

    9:43 am, June 13th, 2011

    You’re welcome, Ein – we’re glad you like it! If you have any suggestions for other content you would like to see on the site, please let us know.

  48. #48


    10:12 am, June 21st, 2011

    Like !!!
    and a small clock for the speaker? It would very useful for events with no much time for speechs …

  49. #49

    Jessica Pyne

    2:46 pm, June 22nd, 2011

    Unfortunately that type of clock wouldn’t work, as it would interfere with any animations on the slides. If you can’t get a small clock set up onstage and don’t fancy using a watch, some presentation remote clickers have countdown clocks built into them.

  50. #50


    6:59 pm, June 30th, 2011

    Hi. thank you. I’m doing a presentation and this is perfect. thank you for allowing me to download and use it. How can I get it to do seconds? I’m doing a one minute ice breaker and want to use the clock to indicate the time.

  51. #51

    Jessica Pyne

    5:04 pm, July 1st, 2011

    You’re welcome, Ceanlia. The clock will count down in seconds automatically – if you want to start it from one minute, then start on the one minute slide. In this case, that would be slide 21. Select the slide and then hit Shift + F5 to start from that slide. Alternatively, you could delete all the slides before slide 21 so that slide 21 becomes the first slide. Hope your presentation goes well!

  52. #52


    2:33 pm, July 25th, 2011

    Thank you for this great solution!

  53. #53


    7:09 pm, August 21st, 2011

    This is a great convenience. Thanks very much for creating it!

    I really need 90 second countdown. Do you suppose if I sent a case of beer you development team could whip one out?

  54. #54

    Jessica Pyne

    5:57 pm, August 25th, 2011

    I’ll pass on your request Charlie, and I’m sure the team would have appreciated the beer (which unfortunately they are unable to accept)! 30 and 90 seconds are the next planned developments for this, so I’ll let you know as soon as they are up.

  55. #55


    11:02 am, August 28th, 2011

    Thank you, Jessica.

  56. #56


    3:54 pm, September 5th, 2011

    This may be a dumb question, but once I have inserted the timer into my presentation, how do I start it to count down once I am on the slide I want it on?

  57. #57


    5:20 pm, September 5th, 2011

    Figured it out! Thanks anyway!

  58. #58

    Jessica Pyne

    7:30 am, September 6th, 2011

    Glad you solved the problem, Jim – hope you enjoy the timer!

  59. #59


    7:31 am, September 9th, 2011

    Hi. I’ve been trying to use the timer and every slide stops after a minute when running…There are only two numbers on the MINUTE part so when there’s 5 minutes it goes from 5 to 4 then there’s no 3 behind it so it just stops…Is there something that I’m doing wrong? Thanks

  60. #60

    Jessica Pyne

    12:10 pm, September 9th, 2011

    Hi Sharlaine, Our designers haven’t been able to reproduce this issue. What version of PowerPoint are you using? Are you on a PC or a Mac? It might be worth trying the file on a different computer, to see if you still encounter difficulties. Try downloading the PowerPoint file again too, to see if the version of the file you are currently using has somehow been corrupted. Please get back to us with more details if you are still having problems!

  61. #61

    Tabitha Johnson

    7:00 pm, September 14th, 2011

    This is absolutely awesome! Is there a way to bring this down to 45 seconds?

  62. #62

    Jessica Pyne

    12:18 pm, September 15th, 2011

    Hi Tabitha,

    Unfortunately this can only be done by editing the slide animations manually, which is very fiddly! We do have a request in with the design team to produce shorter versions of these slides, but they are very busy at the moment! Our Digital PowerPoint Timer has 30 and 90 second versions available, but the shortest countdown you can currently have on the original PowerPoint Countdown Timer without editing the slides is one minute, I’m afraid.

  63. #63

    Dion Danekilde

    11:58 am, September 20th, 2011

    Nice countdown timer. Is it possible to download a 16:9 version?

  64. #64

    Jessica Pyne

    9:40 pm, September 23rd, 2011

    Hi Dion, Unfortunately, the same applies – we’re happy to provide it for you, but we’ll have to wait for the design availability I’m afraid. We’ll let you know when our designers have enough free time to produce this! Thank you for the comment – if you have any more suggestions, please let us know.

  65. #65


    10:02 am, October 24th, 2011


    Don’t you love t when you think ‘there should be such thing as a powerpoint timer,’ so you google it, and there it is!

    Thanks guys, will hopefully be using this for our Trivia Night fundraiser next month!


  66. #66


    3:31 pm, October 26th, 2011

    I’m having the same problem as Sharlaine – the timer stops have one minute – whichever minute I’m on.

  67. #67

    Jessica Pyne

    9:39 pm, October 26th, 2011

    Glad to have proved so useful, Kate! Hope your fundraiser goes well.

  68. #68

    Jessica Pyne

    9:50 pm, October 26th, 2011

    Hi Lisa, have you checked your slide transition settings? You may have it set so that you have to click to advance the slide. If this isn’t the case, can you reply with a little more information? What version of PowerPoint are you using? Are you on a PC or a Mac? As I mentioned above, it might be worth trying the file on a different computer, or downloading it again. Let me know if you’re still having problems, and we’ll see what we can do.

  69. #69


    2:16 pm, November 5th, 2011

    I’d love to use this timer in conjunction with a discussion question. How would I alter the slides so that I can make the timer smaller, to allow for more of the screen to be dedicated to text?

    Thanks you!

  70. #70

    Jessica Pyne

    12:02 pm, November 7th, 2011

    Hi Mark – Unfortunately, this would be pretty complicated, and there’s no simple way to do it. We do actually have a request in with the design team to produce a version of this timer for exactly that, but as they are constantly busy with client work we can’t promise that this will be ready soon! I’ll be posting it up as soon as it is, so keep checking back – but for now, I’m afraid that we can only offer you the full size version.

  71. #71

    Ian Maclaren

    12:05 pm, November 23rd, 2011

    Absolutely brilliant idea and timer. Is there an easy way to make a countdown at half minute intervals as I have a conference where the time allocated to each speaker is 7mins 30 sec.

    Thanks for your brilliant support


  72. #72

    Jessica Pyne

    11:50 pm, November 23rd, 2011

    Thanks for the comment, Ian. Unfortunately there is no easy way to edit the file to do this, but you could pause the slideshow at the relevant point and then continue to play it when required. Hope your conference goes well!

  73. #73

    Anect Rivas

    2:07 am, November 26th, 2011

    SUPER handy

  74. #74

    Jessica Pyne

    12:25 pm, November 28th, 2011

    Glad we could help, Anect.

  75. #75


    9:57 am, December 9th, 2011


  76. #76


    12:29 am, December 12th, 2011


    Sorry to be such a doofus, but how the heck do I get this to work? I would love to have a timer to training powerpoint I am working on for someone.

    Thank you!!

  77. #77

    Jessica Pyne

    6:05 pm, December 16th, 2011

    Hi Dianne, download the file by clicking on the relevant link and simply start the slides in slideshow mode – they will run as a presentation. Starting from different slides will give you a different length of countdown. If you want to insert the slides within a presentation, simply copy and paste the countdown slides in place within your presentation.

  78. #78


    7:38 am, December 29th, 2011

    Awesome…..i really loved it and cant wait to use it as i count down the end of 2011…if i didnt get such a timer ma bosses where going to fire me….Thanx alot guys …we can share my next months salary..lol

  79. #79

    Jessica Pyne

    11:21 am, January 3rd, 2012

    Glad we could help, Regnick! Hope your countdown went well.

  80. #80


    6:51 pm, January 10th, 2012

    Any chance the 30 second timer is available for the previous not digital edition? :-)

  81. #81

    Jessica Pyne

    5:10 pm, January 11th, 2012

    Hi Arlene – We’d very much like there to be a 30 second version of this timer available, but unfortunately our designers just haven’t had the time to develop this. I promise that as soon as they have a spare moment, this is our next priority – but I can’t tell you when that spare moment will be!

  82. #82


    5:20 pm, January 17th, 2012

    This is awesome! Definitely will help me out running a “Flash Mentoring Event” at work, timed at 9 minutes each session.

    I have one issue though. It seems to stop after one minute. I tried your recommendation above, but it doesn’t seem to work. Any suggestions? My event is tomorrow!

  83. #83


    3:08 pm, January 18th, 2012

    Hi there,

    I was wondering how it is possible to change the timer to 30 seconds when dealing as in depth as to work with the animations. I was told by a co-worker that someone we know previously grabbed the timer and in 20 seconds changed it to 30. I’ve done all the research possible even as far as to try changing the animations to make it work. I’m stuck; I have no idea. I understand that you stated before you do not have a 30 second version, but is there a way I can change this timer even if it’s time consuming?

    Thank you for your time,

  84. #84

    Jessica Pyne

    4:35 pm, January 24th, 2012

    Hi Stuart,

    I don’t know where you got your 20-second statistic from, as I’m afraid it’s really not that simple! It’s easy to cut down whole minutes but as you’ve discovered, cutting it down to seconds involves a lot of editing. I’ll ask our designers to provide a guide and email it on to you, but I don’t know how easy to follow it will be. If you really want a 30 second timer now our Digital PowerPoint Timer has 10, 20 and 30 second versions available.

  85. #85


    9:16 pm, February 3rd, 2012

    Very cool! I thought my students would like it but I was surprised at how much it motivated them to stay on task, then come back together to whole group at the end!

  86. #86


    1:19 am, February 8th, 2012

    this is cool! thank you. i can use this for our mini-concert.

  87. #87

    Jessica Pyne

    9:50 am, February 14th, 2012

    LibraryTeacher, this is just what we like to hear! Glad you found the timer useful. If you think other teachers would benefit from the downloads and tips on m62.net, please do let them know about us!

  88. #88

    Jessica Pyne

    9:53 am, February 14th, 2012

    You’re welcome, Aldrian – glad you’re finding the timer useful!

  89. #89


    6:05 am, March 1st, 2012

    Thanks for this… Needed it at short notice and works beautifully…

  90. #90

    Jessica Pyne

    8:52 pm, March 1st, 2012

    You’re welcome, Vijesh – glad we could help!

  91. #91


    10:19 pm, March 27th, 2012

    Thanks for the great resourse , needed it quickly.

  92. #92


    5:43 pm, March 28th, 2012

    Excellent -thank you!

  93. #93

    Jessica Pyne

    3:51 pm, March 29th, 2012

    Glad we could help, Jessica!

  94. #94

    Jessica Pyne

    3:55 pm, March 29th, 2012

    You’re welcome, Ele. Hope you enjoy the timer!

  95. #95


    10:34 am, April 11th, 2012

    This is awesome !!
    I must learn how to create them !!

  96. #96

    Jessica Pyne

    12:08 pm, April 11th, 2012

    Hi Papong, glad you like the slides! If you want to improve your PowerPoint skills, why not check out our PowerPoint training tutorials?

  97. #97

    greg (UK)

    9:55 pm, May 13th, 2012

    Many thanks for this resource – it’s really invaluable. best wishes.

  98. #98

    Jessica Pyne

    12:34 pm, May 15th, 2012

    You’re very welcome, Greg. Glad you’ve found it useful.

  99. #99

    Judy Pizzo

    6:17 pm, May 23rd, 2012

    Just used your program at a recent workshop we facilitated. It was perfect! Told the group when break was over . . . when segements of their break out sessions were complete . . . it was wonderful! ! !

    Thank you for offering this.

  100. #100


    4:07 pm, May 24th, 2012

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if there’s any chance you guys happened to get a smaller version created yet. I noticed an earlier request for the same thing and it would be the perfect solution for a very important client.


  101. #101

    Jessica Pyne

    7:56 pm, May 28th, 2012

    Hi Judy, glad you found the countdown timer so useful! If you’d really like to thank us, please help us spread the word and let others know about us. And we hope that you continue to find helpful content on m62.net!

  102. #102

    Jessica Pyne

    7:58 pm, May 28th, 2012

    Hi Jen,

    Unfortunately we don’t yet, I’m afraid – our designers have been completely overloaded with client work recently! We have some new hires in though and hopefully should be able to get back to developing our free content soon. I’ll get in touch with any updates.

  103. #103


    9:39 am, May 30th, 2012

    Thank you kindly. Just what I needed! Received positive comments from the crowd.

  104. #104

    Jessica Pyne

    7:48 pm, May 31st, 2012

    Glad we could help, Lee.

  105. #105


    5:07 pm, June 1st, 2012

    urgently need this powerpoint timer in one hour version :(…
    the digital style version wouldnt work as i cant add text or company logo etc on the slide… help help help…

  106. #106


    2:41 am, June 3rd, 2012

    I do a PowerPoint show every week at our church in between services. The announcements, birthdays, news, etc loop during the 15 minute break. Is there a way to do a count down timer that loops in the PowerPoint with the correct time until service? Say if there are 9 slides, it is the 10th slide and then loops again. If so I am VERY interested in this. Thank you for your time.

  107. #107


    7:00 pm, June 7th, 2012

    You actually can increase the time by adding in the desired number of slides per minutes copy and pasting an original slide and entering the correct time.

  108. #108

    Jessica Pyne

    11:52 am, June 11th, 2012

    Hi Ashley, I’m really sorry but we can’t help with this at this moment in time. Producing a longer version is a significant amount of work that our designers just don’t have time for right now – but we hope to implement this change in the future. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help.

  109. #109


    9:04 pm, June 22nd, 2012

    This is really really nice. And you CAN’T beat the price- no way, no how! Thank you so much for your great work and for sharing it with the larger power point user community. Really nice job and really helpful!

  110. #110

    Jessica Pyne

    10:53 am, June 26th, 2012

    You’re very welcome, Trent – glad you’ll find the timer useful! Please do let others know about us if you think they would benefit from our free content and downloads!

  111. #111

    Rob Oosterling

    5:35 pm, July 3rd, 2012

    Dear Team,

    I’m have taken the digital version of the clock and copied the clock into my presentation, so they form a set of slided inside mine. To start i use a hyperlink from a “Main menu” slide. So far so good. but the clock does not advance to the next minute. I’ve compared all setting but cant get my head around why it stops, where as if I start it from the root it starts and continues as expected..

    do you have any idea what I do wrong?

    Sincere.. Rob

  112. #112

    Jessica Pyne

    9:11 am, July 5th, 2012

    Hi Rob, this could be a number of things. What version of PowerPoint are you using? Are you on a Mac or a PC? Have you checked that you don’t have Advance Slide ‘On Mouse Click’ checked? Have you pasted all the slides from the digital clock, or just the first one? If you could get back to us with the answers to these questions, we can look into this for you.

  113. #113


    1:22 pm, July 6th, 2012

    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you for coming back to me. I’m using PowerPoint 2003, and 2007. In both environments I see the same. I left the “advance slide” on the default of 11 seconds. All I did was reducing it to 15 minutes by taking the 1st 5 slides off. The issue is, I think, in PowerPoint where I start it as a “Custom Slide Show” Do you have an option to test it that way as well?

  114. #114

    Jessica Pyne

    11:04 am, July 16th, 2012

    Hi Rob,

    It’s difficult for us to say what the issue is without taking at a look at your slides – I’ve contacted you via email to discuss this.

  115. #115

    Rob Oosterling

    12:16 pm, July 16th, 2012


    thanks for coming back again to me and including Simon. At present I’m leaving for a business trip and expect to be back at the base at the end of this month. Would it be an good idea a that time to ask Simon to have a look over my shoulder through a remote connection to my PC ?

    kindest regards,
    Rob Oosterling

  116. #116

    Jessica Pyne

    1:17 pm, July 16th, 2012

    Hi Rob,

    A remote connection might be useful, but it would be more helpful for Simon to be able to go through your PowerPoint file himself – we can discuss privacy concerns if you have any queries. Please let us know what you would prefer to do.

    Kind Regards,


  117. #117


    10:50 am, July 17th, 2012

    Thanks it really wonderfull
    But it shows clock / time count down, if I want to use for days count down how can i design this
    like I have an event on 12 October and as a project manager I have to make count down by days in order to check my check list

  118. #118

    Jessica Pyne

    11:43 am, July 19th, 2012

    You’re welcome, Faisal. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be practical to have this running over a period of days, as you would need to leave the PowerPoint file running in order for it to count down, and PowerPoint wouldn’t be able to cope with a file that large. You’re probably best looking for alternative software that can do this for you.

  119. #119


    12:53 pm, July 21st, 2012

    Great countdown but I’m trying to embed music with it…

    where did you post how to embed music with the countdown timer? (see Jan 24, 2011 post)

  120. #120


    3:59 am, July 23rd, 2012

    Anyone know where to find a countdown time for the speaker at an event. Let’s say it counts down for the 35 minutes that they have to speak and that countdown timer is in green. But, if the go over 35 minutes it immediately switches to like a flashing red and begins to count up, so that they know how long they are going over? Let me know if someone has this.

  121. #121

    Jessica Pyne

    12:49 pm, August 6th, 2012

    Hi Curt, I have emailed you the solution. Please get in touch if you have any more queries.

  122. #122

    Jessica Pyne

    1:01 pm, August 6th, 2012

    Hi Matt, this would be possible to create in PowerPoint, but would require significant additional work on the current slides. It also might not be the most practical of solutions, as it would require a separate laptop and screen running PowerPoint to the one being used by the presenter. You may find it easier to look at other solutions, such as the Presentation Clock iPhone app we mention in our Presentation Helper Apps Review.

  123. #123

    Maman Suherman

    3:03 pm, September 11th, 2012

    Nice countdown timer. I’ll try to use it

  124. #124

    Jessica Pyne

    12:09 pm, September 12th, 2012

    Glad you like it, Maman.

  125. #125

    Bojosi Gaothuse

    8:59 am, September 23rd, 2012

    This is great, it will obviously help a lot in training.

  126. #126

    Harry Wilson

    12:16 pm, September 24th, 2012

    No Problem, Bojosi. Glad it helps!

  127. #127

    K Sudheer

    12:25 pm, September 27th, 2012

    This is really awesome! It’s really helpful too!

  128. #128

    Harry Wilson

    2:52 pm, September 27th, 2012

    No Problem!

  129. #129


    7:42 pm, September 28th, 2012

    First, this is a very nice counter. I would like to know how to add more time to it. Instead of starting at 20min, I would like to start at 25 or 30 or 45 min or even 2 hours. I see that each “minute” is one slide, do I just add more slides or will that mess up the other animations.

  130. #130

    Harry Wilson

    11:24 am, October 2nd, 2012

    Hi Bill, Glad you liked the template. Just to let you know I’ve asked one of our Senior Designers about this and will hopefully have a result for you very soon! Thanks, Harry

  131. #131

    Jessica Pyne

    1:39 pm, October 6th, 2012

    Hi Bill,

    Unfortunately there is not a straightforward solution as to make the timer longer new slides have to be built from scratch, which is very time consuming. We do however have longer versions of our Digital PowerPoint Timer available, but it is worth noting that PowerPoint struggles with some of the larger files necessary for longer versions of the timer – so it’s best to keep the length it runs as short as possible.



  132. #132


    4:22 pm, October 25th, 2012

    It is greatly a great tool to make ppt more interesting. I would like to add music to the ppt especially when the timer starts. please advise.

  133. #133


    5:54 pm, October 25th, 2012

    Esther –

    Embed your music file on the initial slide, mark it to play through however many slides you want to have it playing, then on the animation screen move your music to the first position…I’m going from memory but I think that’ll do it. If not, have the m62 folks give me your e-mail and I’ll send you a file that is set up correctly…

  134. #134

    RC Anderson

    1:11 am, October 28th, 2012

    I am looking for a 2 hour countdown timer that we can use to remind employees to wash their hands and sanitize food-contact surfaces when the timer runs out. Any suggestions?

  135. #135

    Jessica Pyne

    11:35 am, October 29th, 2012

    Hi RC Anderson – We have a Digital PowerPoint Timer that goes up to 90 minutes, but PowerPoint struggles with the large file size and cannot handle much longer than this without crashing. You also have to leave PowerPoint running in slideshow mode in order to use the timer. You didn’t mention how you plan to use the timer, but if you wanted it to run on individual computers, this wouldn’t be possible – as employees would be unable to do work on a computer on which it was running! It might be more useful for you to look for alternative solutions.

  136. #136

    Margaret P

    10:37 am, November 17th, 2012

    I love this and it works well in PowerPoint. I want to use it on a Microsoft Live Meeting 2007 session but when I upload the content the slides don’t transition automatically and I have to click on every minute (not ideal when this is supposed to be a break for me to get a drink and go to the toilet!). Any ideas on how to fix this?

  137. #137

    Jessica Pyne

    11:06 am, November 20th, 2012

    Hi Margaret,

    Unfortunately we are not currently familiar with Microsoft Live Meeting as we no longer use the software. If there is no option in the Live Meeting settings to encourage slides to transition automatically then this is an issue you may have to raise with Microsoft. Alternatively, you could convert the timer slides to Flash and then play them within your presentation.

    Sorry we could not be of more help!

  138. #138


    8:00 pm, November 23rd, 2012

    Thanx a loooooooooooooot, u r so Smart and kind and helpful!

  139. #139

    Jessica Pyne

    9:45 am, November 26th, 2012

    You’re welcome Star, hope you find the timer useful!

  140. #140


    4:54 am, December 12th, 2012

    for 2 minutes??? please, I need it for this saturday

  141. #141

    Jessica Pyne

    9:10 am, December 12th, 2012

    Hi Huss0406, to have the timer run for just 2 minutes, simply download the file and start it on the relevant slide – in this case, slide 20. You can also delete the slides before this if you prefer.

  142. #142

    Mary S

    10:22 pm, January 14th, 2013

    I really like this timer too, but I’m having the same problem some of the previous users had – it will not automatically advance once I copy the slides into my presentation. It works if I run it directly from your downloaded file, but not when I copy the slides into my presentation.
    I am using PowerPoint 2007 on a PC, I checked to make sure the first animation on the slide is Start with Previous, the slides are set as Automatically Advance, and all other settings are the same as your file. Were you able to find an answer for any of the previous users?

  143. #143

    Mary S

    2:23 pm, January 15th, 2013

    I figured it out. You cannot copy and paste the slides, instead you have to Reuse them. In PowerPoint 2007, on the Home tab click the arrow next to New Slide, then Reuse Slides. Select Browse Files, select this timer .ppt file and make sure Keep Source Formatting is clicked. Then just click each slide to insert it.

  144. #144

    Jessica Pyne

    9:40 am, January 16th, 2013

    Hi Mary, sorry for the delay in getting back to you but glad you’ve solved the problem! Thanks also for sharing it with others. If there’s anything else we can help you with, please let us know!

  145. #145


    12:41 am, April 10th, 2013

    How hard would it to build a “count up counter that showed the days, hours minutes from a past event.

    I would like to show at every meeting powerpoint how long our company has gone since the last incident.

  146. #146

    Harry Wilson

    10:29 am, April 10th, 2013

    Hi Troy, I’ve passed this on to one of our senior designers, and he should have a response for you soon!

  147. #147


    6:19 pm, April 10th, 2013

    Hi Guy’s. I’ve tried to use the tip given in the comment in tread #143. that did not work for me. I did exactly what was written, but the timer stops after a minute.

  148. #148

    Abd. Hafidz

    9:51 am, April 27th, 2013

    Nice apps. Thank you for share.

  149. #149

    Jessica Pyne

    10:11 am, April 30th, 2013

    You’re very welcome, Abd. Hafidz.

  150. #150


    5:43 pm, May 3rd, 2013

    Thanks a lot!

  151. #151

    Scott Caser

    5:33 am, May 7th, 2013

    Very useful one tolL… You get a full house score from me.

  152. #152


    8:59 am, May 7th, 2013


    Very nice one! But can anyone pls help. How to put it on the whole presentation? I need to set a timer for the presentation..not the individual slides. Thanks.

  153. #153

    Jessica Pyne

    9:51 am, May 7th, 2013

    Hi Anne, could you please give us some more detail? What exactly did you want to do with your presentation? Do you want the whole presentation to run on a timer? The animations for these slides are built into the timer, so it would be extremely difficult to include other animated slide content along with the timer. Please let us know though, and we’ll see if we can help.

  154. #154


    3:11 pm, May 7th, 2013

    really thanks!

  155. #155

    Jessica Pyne

    4:27 pm, May 7th, 2013

    You’re very welcome, Jie. Hope you find the timer useful!

  156. #156

    Jessica Pyne

    9:47 am, May 8th, 2013

    You’re welcome, Mel. Hope you find the timer useful.

  157. #157

    Jessica Pyne

    9:48 am, May 8th, 2013

    Glad you’ll find the template useful, Scott.

  158. #158

    Wanda M

    3:26 am, June 5th, 2013

    How do I give a screen preview that displays a timer?

  159. #159

    Jessica Pyne

    11:17 am, June 7th, 2013

    Hi Wanda, I’m not entirely sure what you mean – could you be more specific on what exactly you’d like to do? This will better enable us to help.

  160. #160


    5:15 am, August 15th, 2013


  161. #161

    Jessica Pyne

    9:10 am, August 16th, 2013

    You’re very welcome, Connie! Hope you find it useful.

  162. #162


    6:24 pm, September 23rd, 2013

    This is great! Where it says,”Insert Text Here,” how do I add something on all the slides, short of adding it to each one individually? Also, can a add a graphic to each slide above the clock, again without adding it to each slide individually?

  163. #163


    1:56 am, January 29th, 2014

    Hi – when i download for 20 minutes it just counts down to 18 minutes then transitions – what do you think I am doing wrong

  164. #164

    mobile phones reddit

    10:45 pm, March 16th, 2014

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