How to add a timer to your Google Slides presentation by inserting a video

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  • You can easily add a timer to your Google Slides presentations, to help you keep track of how long you're taking during a presentation. 

  • However, Google Slides has no built in timer function, which means the best way to do it is to add a YouTube video with a timer to each slide.

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Time can be vital when you're giving an important presentation at work. Spend too much time on one slide and you could end up running too long and losing your audience, or go too fast and risk leaving people confused. 

Adding a countdown timer to your Google Slides presentation can help you avoid those missteps and stay on track.

Here's how to set it up.

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How to add a timer to Google Slides

1. Go to slides.google.com on your PC or Mac computer and create or open a presentation. 

2. Select the slide you want to add a timer to in the left sidebar. 

3. In the top toolbar, select "Insert" and then "Video."

How to add a timer to Google Slides
How to add a timer to Google Slides

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4. Search for "five-minute timer," or whatever length timer you desire. If you already have a URL handy, paste it into the search bar and click the video thumbnail when it appears.

5. Alternatively, you can also open a new tab, find a specific timer video on YouTube, and copy and paste that video's URL. You can also use a video from your Google Drive.

How to add a timer to Google Slides
How to add a timer to Google Slides

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6. Click "Select."

7. Resize and reposition the video as desired.

Repeat this process for as many slides as you need. Remember, though, that the video on your slide will be visible to everyone you're giving the presentation to as well.

How to add a timer to Google Slides
How to add a timer to Google Slides

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When you give your presentation, you'll need to click the video to start your countdown timer. Or, you can set it to autoplay when the slide appears in your presentation:

1. Right-click the video and select "Format options."

How to add a timer to Google Slides
How to add a timer to Google Slides

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2. In the side menu that appears, click "Video playback."

3. Check the box that's labeled "Autoplay when presenting."

How to add a timer to Google Slides
How to add a timer to Google Slides

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