How to Install a Clock in PowerPoint

By James T Wood

Being stuck watching a bad PowerPoint presentation can seem to take forever. Make the prospect of sitting through your next PowerPoint less daunting by installing a clock in your presentation. That way your audience can keep track of time along with you and you can all feel better about the process. Of course it helps to have a stellar presentation to accompany the clock ticking in your PowerPoint. With your practiced and polished words, the PowerPoint will seem to fly by.

Step 1

Download the clock that you want to use. There are clock add-ins that your can purchase and install into PowerPoint or you can download a clock that's a Flash video and insert that into your presentation. Some add-in options are the TM Timer at tushar-mehta.com and the Janus PowerPoint Countdown Timer at download.CNET.com. Download Flash clocks at edmullen.net. Right-click and download the SWF file with the "Save Link As" option if you're using the Flash clock.

Step 2

Close PowerPoint and then double-click on the downloaded file to Install the TM Timer. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the add-in. Re-open PowerPoint and then click on the "TM" tab at the right of the Microsoft Office ribbon. Click the button on the left to insert the clock into the slide. Click the drop-down arrow below the button to select the option to "Configure Slide Show Timer." You can set it to display the time of day or use a countdown timer or the elapsed time since starting. Click "OK" when you're done configuring. You can add a different clock to each slide or presentation.

Step 3

Close PowerPoint and then double-click on the Janus PowerPoint Countdown Timer file. Double-click on the "Setup" file and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the add-in to PowerPoint. Click on the "Janus" tab at the right of the ribbon and then click on the "Add Timer" button. Click the "Setup" button to adjust the countdown features; for example, you can have the timer start when the PowerPoint presentation is launched, have it start manually when you select or even display when you don't have enough time left for part of your presentation so you know when to wrap things up. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Step 4

Open PowerPoint and click on the "Insert" tab and then click the arrow under "Video" and click "Video from File." Point to the SWF file with the Flash clock. The object is inserted on the current slide. You can resize the object to make the clock larger or smaller. Press "F5" to see the clock in action.