A colleague recently asked if it was possible to have a timer running across an entire Powerpoint Presentation. I had tried before with a Flash timer, but it always reset when you went to a different slide. After a bit of research I discovered that you can play a video across all the slides in a presentation and it keeps time correctly. I decided to take a 10 minute video of a timer and embed it in the presentation, and set it to run across all of the slides.
Although you can ‘trim’ the video when in Powerpoint, it is a little complicated as each time you trim the start of the video, you have to compress it and save it as a new file (that way you always have a 10 minute timer to modify). Use the following Youtube video to learn how to set the timer to any time less than 10 minutes.
Download this Powerpoint file using the button below.
You can also find Powerpoint activity timers here.