Let's imagine that you want to show a clock on your slides -- or, do you want to show a countdown or even
counters of seconds, minutes, hours, or even days? Or if your countdown gets to zero, you may want something to
happen after that, such as moving to another slide? Of course, this is possible to achieve in PowerPoint. All
you need is a thorough knowledge of programming, and even better -- a programmer sitting next to you all the
time so that you don't have to worry about setting it all up!
We found a better solution, and it does not need a full time programmer -- it only needs a one-time
investment of a few dollars. And it's an add-in called Dynamic TIME that plugs right within
PowerPoint. The add-in is from
PresentationPoint, a company based in
Now this Belgium company has partnered with PresentationLoad of Germany to create Dynamic
TIME -- my contact at PresentationPoint was Kurt Dupont -- thank you Kurt.
Open any existing presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to add a clock or a counter. Then
insert or select an existing text container (text placeholder, text box, or any shape) in your slide, as shown
in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Text box added on the slide
Type in something within this text container - we just typed “Dummy text”. Format its attributes such as the
font size, font type, font color, etc. (see Figure 3, below).
Figure 3: Dummy text typed within a text container
With the text box placeholder or box selected, access the Dynamic ELEMENTS tab of the
Ribbon and click the Time button, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Time button
This brings up the Time Task Pane, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Time Task Pane
There are five modes available within the Time Task Pane, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 5, above. These modes are explained below:
Nothing: This mode is selected by default. Click this mode to remove any other mode
Clock: This mode will add a clock to your selected placeholder or text box, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 6. As soon as you choose the
Clock mode, the text box reflects the clock, as shown highlighted in green within
Figure 6. Note that the formatting of the text matches what we set earlier (refer to
Figure 6: Clock mode selected
When you choose a mode, you also get to configure properties associated with that particular mode. For Clock
mode, these are the properties you can choose from:
Format: Brings up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 7. Here you can choose
from two time formats. Additionally, you can choose the Custom format option to set a
Figure 7: Clock mode selected
Custom: Initially this option is greyed out, but as soon as you select the
Custom format option within the Format drop-down list as explained in the
preceding section, you will be able to format your own user-defined display,
as shown in Figure 8. There are various formats that you can use -- these are documented in the
PDF manual included.
Figure 8: Custom mode selected
Time zone: Click to bring up the time zone list, as shown in Figure 9. Choose
the time zone you want.
Figure 9: Time zone list
Date: This mode will add date to your selected placeholder or text box. This works similar
to the clock mode.
Counter: This mode will add a counter to your selected placeholder or text box. Here
you have to enter the starting date and the starting time into the respective boxes. And then you have to
choose how you want the output to be displayed. For example if you select Total hours the
output will display the whole period from the starting time. Again this is documented in the PDF manual
Count down: This mode will add a count down to your selected placeholder or text box. Here
you have to define a starting time by adding an end date and end time in the respective boxes. Then choose how
you want the count down to be displayed such as: Days, Total seconds, etc. Additionally you can set the trigger
to immediately jump to a selected slide in the presentation.
In Figure 10, below you can see that we have added both time and date.
Figure 10: Slide with dynamic time and date added
We also uploaded another slide we created to YouTube, as shown below.
For a quick start, use any of the ready to use 40 slides. Each slide and its elements can be edited in
size, shape, font and color according to your requirements. The fonts that have been used for the design slides
included with the download. Note
that, the country specific settings will only be applied after saving a new presentation (based on the
templates) at least once.
Dynamic TIME is an amazing add-in that's so easy to understand and
use -- you can literally be using this add-in in minutes! You must have this add-in installed on any machine where the time and date has to be shown
dynamically. If you need time to be shown, or if you need countdowns, then this could be the best PowerPoint based solution.