How To Insert Countdown Timer in PowerPoint

Adding a countdown timer to a PowerPoint presentation can be a great way to ensure that a presentation sticks to a strict schedule. Adding the countdown timer in PowerPoint is a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it should be a breeze.

Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to add a countdown timer in PowerPoint:

Step 1: Create 5 Textboxes and Number Them

Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation file where you want to add the countdown timer. Begin with creating five text boxes with numbers from 5 to 1. Press the text box icon on the Drawing section to create the boxes.

Step 2: Add Animations

Now click inside the 5th box and then “Animations” from the top ribbon. Under the “Advanced Animation” section, expand the “Add Animation” option and select “Disappear” under “Exit.”

Repeat the 2nd step for 4,3,2 and 1 text boxes. Remember that you can always customize these textboxes according to your preference.

Step 3: Set The Timing

Open the “Animation Pane” under the “Advanced Animation” section.

Click on the 5th text box, and in the “Timing” section of the Animation window, choose these settings (Start: On Click, duration: .01, and delay 01.00).

Now select the other text boxes in the Animation Pane from 4 to 1, one at a time, and choose these settings (Start: After Previous, Duration: Auto, and Delay: 01.00)

Step 4: Click “Slideshow” To View Countdown Timer

Once completing the above steps, start “Slideshow” from the current slide to view the countdown timer.


Adding a countdown timer in PowerPoint can be extremely helpful if you want to ensure that your presentation sticks to a specific schedule. By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to add a countdown timer to your PowerPoint presentation easily.