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Countdown Timer Slides in PowerPoint 2003

Learn how you can quickly create countdown timer slides in PowerPoint 2003.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003

Creating countdown timer slides in PowerPoint is easy. We are using PowerPoint 2003 for this tutorial, but the techniques should work in versions as old as PowerPoint 97. For a newer version of this tutorial, please look at our Countdown Timer Slides in PowerPoint page.

You can download the sample PowerPoint presentation here (around 4 kb).

  1. Create a new presentation (Ctrl+N) and insert a blank slide. Or insert a blank slide in an existing presentation.
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  3. Insert a text-box and type the number '1' or '01' or '001' depending on how many digits you want your counter to display (see Figure 1). Change the text alignment to center, change the font size to something large like 200 and resize the text box so that all digits are placed on the same line. Change your font style as required and position the text box right in the center of the slide, using guides or grids to position as required.
  4. Insert a text-box
    Figure 1: Insert a text-box
  5. Choose the Slide Show | Slide Transition option. This will activate the Slide Transition task pane in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 (see Figure 2) (or open the Transition dialog box in older versions).
  6. Access Slide Transition
    Figure 2: Access Slide Transition
  7. Choose a simple transition. For this example, we chose the Box Out transition effect (see Figure 3). You can also choose the 'No transition' option if you prefer. We will also set the Speed to Fast and opted to automatically advance slide after 10 seconds. You might want to choose a shorter or longer time delay for the transition.
  8. Slide Transition Pane
    Figure 3: Slide Transition Pane
  9. Choose the View | Slide Sorter option (see Figure 4), and click the formatted timer slide. Choose Edit | Copy (or Ctrl + C). Then choose Edit | Paste (or Ctrl + V) to paste an identical slide. Paste as many times as required until you end up with the number of slides you want your countdown to contain.
  10. Slide Sorter view
    Figure 4: Slide Sorter view
  11. Within each of the consecutive slides, you'll want to edit the countdown number in reverse order so that the last slide contains the number '1'. Since our example presentation contains 10 slides, it would look similar to what you can see in Figure 5, below.
  12. Countdown Timer
    Figure 5: Countdown Timer
  13. We just finished creating a countdown timer. You might want to experiment with slide backgrounds, transitions, animations, font color and style, etc. to create a unique look. You might even want to experiment with digit styles or include seconds within the slides (for example 01:00) - also you may want to add some text to each countdown slide like "minutes/seconds remaining" or similar.

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