Creating a Countdown Timer in PowerPoint – Step-by-Step Guide

Are you aware of the amazing trick of creating a countdown timer in PowerPoint? If not, you're not alone – not many people know this neat trick!

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PowerPoint is a widely-used computer tool in offices, schools, and various professional environments. This powerful application offers users a plethora of unique features, including the ability to create interactive elements such as lucky spins, crossword puzzles, and countdown clocks. In this informative guide, FPT Shop will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a countdown clock using PowerPoint.

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To create a countdown clock in PowerPoint, you will need to begin by creating a Start button.

Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Begin by opening the PowerPoint file. Then, navigate to the toolbar and click on the Insert tab. From there, choose the Shapes option.

  • To create a circular image in PowerPoint, follow these steps:

    1. Select the “Oval” icon.
    2. Press and hold the “Shift” key.
    3. Drag the mouse onto the slide.
    4. Release the mouse to create a perfect circle.

    By following these instructions, you can easily create a circle-shaped image on your PowerPoint slide.

How to create a countdown clock in PowerPoint (Figure 1)

Step 2: Once you have created the shape with the correct dimensions, right-click on the image and choose Edit Text from the menu.

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Step 3:

Enter the text Start inside the circle. This is the starting point for running the clock. You have the option to customize the font, font size, and color, if desired.

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“How to Make a Count Down Timer in PowerPoint”

After creating the Start button, we will proceed with creating additional buttons to complete the countdown clock. Here is the step-by-step process:

Step 1: To duplicate the Start button, simply click on it and press the Ctrl + D keys. Alternatively, you can also use the Copy-Paste operation to duplicate the button.



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Step 2: Select the button 30 you just created, go to the Animation tab, and in the Entrance group, choose an effect to create an appearance effect for the button.

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  1. Step 3: Choose the Timing option and customize the display duration of the button.
  • Start: Select On Click, and the button 30 will appear instantly upon clicking the screen.

  • Duration: Set the time to 01:00 to make the button 30 on the clock run for 1 second.

  • Delay: Set the timer to 00.25. Once you click the mouse, the button 30 will commence moving after a delay of 0.25 seconds.

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To preview the motion, please select the “Preview” option located just below the “File” tab.

Step 4:

Continue duplicating the button 30 to create buttons 29, 28, 27, …, 1, and finally the End button.

Please adjust the Start time to “After Previous” in the following buttons so that they are displayed sequentially after one another.

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Step 5:

Stack the buttons on top of each other to create a clock shape, and you have successfully created a countdown clock in PowerPoint.

Note: The number of buttons varies depending on the desired time period to count down. For instance, if you want to count down in 60 seconds, you will need to generate buttons ranging from 60 to the End button. If you prefer a counting range of 2 seconds, set the Duration to 02.00.

Incorporate Audio into PowerPoint’s Countdown Clock

To incorporate sound into the countdown clock, please follow the instructions outlined below:

Step 1: Navigate to the “Insert” tab and click on “Audio”. Then select “Audio on my PC”.

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To complete Step 2, please choose the desired audio file for insertion and then click on the “Insert” button.

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Step 3: Choose Play in background from the Audio Styles section to automatically play the audio file.

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Step 4:

Drag the speaker icon and drop it onto the clock to complete.

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