How to Add Timers to Google Slides (Quick Guide)

Running out of time is a very common issue when giving presentations. You can often find yourself rushed to finish on time or having to cut your presentation short due to time constraints. This is where timers come in handy.

To add a timer to google slides, either install a timer extension or just insert a youtube video of a timer into the slide.

Timers can help you keep track of how much time you have left and ensure that you stick to your allocated time slot. They can also be a valuable visual aid for your audience, letting them know how much time they have to ask questions or explore the topic in more depth.

Adding a timer to your Google Slides presentation is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Open Insert Tab

First, open up your Google Slides presentation. Then go to the ‘Insert’ tab and select “Video.”

Step 2: Search the Video

Under the video tab, you will find a search option. Enter the keyword “5 minutes timer” in the search box and perform the search. Note that you can search for any other minutes as you need or copy a preferred timer video URL from Youtube.

Step 3: Add the Timer Video

Once you find the preferred timer video, select it and then press “Select.” This will add the video to the current slide of the presentation.

Step 4: Resize the Video

The next thing you need to do is resize and reposition the video according to your need. We recommend keeping the video size small and positioning it on a corner of the slide.

Note that the timer will be added only to the current slide. So if you want to add the timer to all slides, you need to repeat these steps for each slide. And you will need to click on the video every time you want to start the timer.

Bonus Step: Autoplaying the Timer

Clicking the timer every time you want to start it on different slides can be annoying, especially if you are presenting on a large screen. The good news is that there’s a workaround for this issue.

You can set the timer video to autoplay. To do this, left-click on the video and then select “Format Options.” 

A new pop-up window will appear. Then, under the Video Playback section, press on “Play (on click)” and change the option to “Play (automatically).”

The timer video will start automatically as soon as you move to that particular slide. Now you will not have to worry about starting the timer manually.

We hope you found this guide helpful. Timers can be a great addition to your presentations, and we recommend using them whenever needed. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

Alternative Method to Add Timers to Google Slides

There is another way to add timers to Google Slides, but it requires a bit more work. In this method, we will be using a browser extension called “Slides Timer” to add timers to our presentation.

First, open up your Google Chrome browser and go to the “Slides Timer” extension page (search for it). Once you are on the page, press “Add to Chrome.” 

A new pop-up window will appear, asking you to confirm the installation. Press on “Add extension” to continue.

The extension will now be downloaded and installed on your browser. To use it, open up your Google Slides presentation. Then add a text box to your slide and enter the text “<<5:00->>”. This will set a countdown timer for five minutes, and you can change the duration as you want.

That’s it; you are done. Now you can press the Slideshow or Present option to start the presentation. You will see the countdown timer in the place of the text box.

You can also add count-up time by entering “<<5:00+->>” in the text box (change 5 with your preferred duration).


In this guide, we have shown you two methods to add timers to your slides. The first method uses a built-in video search feature from Google, while the second method uses a Chrome extension.

Both methods are pretty easy to follow and only require a few minutes to set up. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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