How to Put a Digital Clock on Powerpoint
By James T Wood
PowerPoint provides several different options for inserting a digital clock into a presentation. You can manually create the clock out of multiple text boxes. You can insert a video clip showing a clock. Or you can download and install an add-on for PowerPoint which lets you create clocks in any presentation you give. If you just want a static digital clock effect, the text box option gives you the most flexibility in creating exactly the look you want.
Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation in which to add a digital clock.
Click the "Insert" tab and choose "Text Box" from the Text section. Click and drag on the slide to create the text box.
Type the time the digital clock displays.
Click and drag over the time you typed to highlight it. Click the "Home" tab. In the Font section, choose a digital clock font. If you don't have one, download a digital font and install it (link in Resources).
Adjust the size of the text in the Font section. Click the "Font Color" button and choose red or green.
Click the "Format" tab under Drawing Tools on the far right side of the Microsoft Office ribbon. If you don't have the text box selected, the tab won't be visible.
Click "Shape Fill" in the Shape Styles section and choose black as the color.
Click and drag to highlight the text again. Click "Text Effects" in the WordArt Style section of the Format tab. Point to "Glow" and choose a glow color that complements the color of your text. Choose a red glow for red numbers or a green glow for green numbers, for example.
Press "Ctrl-E" with the text selected to center the text inside the text box.
Make the digital clock move by copying the original text box and pasting it on the next slide. Set the transition time between slides to go automatically at the interval you've set for the clock. For example, set one minute between slides for a one minute change on the clock. You need a new slide for every time you want the clock to change in the presentation.
Add a video of a digital clock for a ready-made countdown. Either link to a web-based video or download one to run from your computer (link in Resources).
If you're constantly using clocks and timers in your presentation, install an add-in to create them quickly (link in Resources).
James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.