A presentation can be an arduous task that for many people creates excessive anxiety. One stressful aspect of giving presentations is keeping track of the time so that you finish when you should. PowerPoint is not capable of displaying a digital clock throughout a slide show, but there is a third-party add-on that handles this quite nicely. TM Timer, by Tushar Mehta, is a free download that adds this functionality to Microsoft PowerPoint versions 2000 through 2007.
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Things you need
- TM Timer software
Remove any currently installed versions of TM Timer prior to version 3. Click on "Start", "Settings" and "Control Panel." Double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in Control Panel. Find TM Timer in the alphabetised listing of installed software. Click on the name of the application and a "Remove" button will appear. Click the "Remove" button to uninstall the old version of TM Timer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal process.
Download TM Timer version 3 from the Slide Show Timer website. To install the software, double-click the downloaded "ppt-timer.zip" file to extract the "ppt-timer.ppa" file into the default location derived from the last step.
Add the text box needed to display the time. Click on the "TM" in the main menu bar next to "Help", "Customize Timer" and "Add Timer Item" in PowerPoint versions 2003 and older, which places a text box on the current slide. Click on the "TM" tab in the main menu bar next to "Developer", "PowerPoint Timer group" and "Add Timer Item" in PowerPoint 2007, which places a text box on the current slide. Format the text as desired using the text formatting tools on the toolbar.
Add the formatted timer text box to all slides in the slide show. Click on the "TM" in the main menu bar, "Customize Timer" and "Copy Timer Item" in PowerPoint versions 2003 and older, to duplicate the text box on all existing slides. Click on the "TM" tab in the main menu bar, "PowerPoint Timer group" and "Copy Timer Item" in PowerPoint 2007, to duplicate the text box on all existing slides.
Set the parameters for the digital clock. Click on the "TM" in the main menu bar and "Presentation Timer" in PowerPoint versions 2003 and older to access the dialogue box. Click on the "TM" tab in the main menu bar, "PowerPoint Timer Group" and "Set Parameters" in PowerPoint 2007, to access the dialogue box. Choose the desired "Select Option" in the upper left-hand corner: Elapsed Time, Time of Day or Count down Timer. Enter the desired time increments in the hh:mm:ss format under "Update Display Every" if the digital clock is to show Time of Day. Enter the time duration under "Countdown parameters" in the hh:mm:ss format if the digital clock will show Elapsed Time. Click "OK."
Tips and warnings
- To remove this timer from an individual presentation slide, click and drag the timer text box off of the slide.
- This timer add-in application is specific to Windows-based version of Microsoft PowerPoint.
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