Add a Timer to Your Slides

Add a countdown or a timer for activities, breaks, or to count down until voting closes.

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If you want to use a timer during your presentation, whether it be to give your audience time for a coffee break, to have a countdown indicating when your presentation will start, or a timer for breakout rooms, we have two ways to add a timer to your slides.

Add a quick timer to count down until voting closes on your question slides

If you want to give your audience a defined period of time to finish voting on your slide, you can make use of our keyboard shortcuts to add a countdown instantly to your currently active slide. When the countdown finishes, voting will automatically close on the slide you are presenting. You must be presenting in order to start a countdown.

They keyboard shortcuts for each period of time are:

  • 1: 1 minute countdown

  • 2: 2 minute countdown

  • 3: 3 minute countdown

  • 4: 4 minute countdown

  • 5: 5 minute countdown

  • 8: 30 seconds countdown

  • 9: 10 seconds countdown

  • 0: cancel countdown

You can also mix and match them to get the specific time period to your liking. For instance, if you need a countdown of 40 seconds, you can press '8' and then '9' to get a total combining both options.

If you ever need to remind yourself of the keyboard shortcuts, you can press the 'k' key during your presentation at any time to see all the available keyboard shortcuts:

Add a Timer slide for pre-planned breaks

Perhaps you have breakout rooms for your audience to take part in a brainstorm activity, or you know your presentation will be a long one and you want to give everyone a coffee break. If you know ahead of time you'll need a timer at a set time, you can use a timer slide.

To add your timer slide, you'll first need to grab it from our Slide Library. This is easy to do: simply go to your presentation, select "+ New slide" and then "+ Add More" under the content slides:

Then, click "Add slide" on the Timer slide and it will be added to your collection of slides:

(We recommend checking our the other slides available in our Slide Library, too!)

Now that you have access to the Timer slide, you can add it to your presentation.

You can change the Heading (to give context to the timer), and set it to be based on one of two things:

  • Duration: Count down from a specific amount of time, such as 10 minutes. It can be set to any time between 1 and 60 minutes.

  • Specific time and date: If you know your timer needs to end at a certain time (such as New Years, the minute you'll start presenting, etc) you can use this option to enter the time and date the timer will count down to. It can be any time with no restrictions.

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