I’ve created a PowerPoint slide template that count downs minutes starting at 15. I like to use this for my teaching breaks so my students know when I’m going to resume the session. To create this I used PowerPoint 2013, however this could be done in earlier versions of PowerPoint. The first thing I did was create 15 boxes. Each box I added text 1- 15. I ordered the boxes so that 15 was on the top and 1 was at the bottom of the stacking order. I then selected them all and aligned them in the middle and center using the alignment tools. From the Home tab I viewed the selection pane (Editing group–>Select–>Selection Pane). This was very helpful to rename each object and make sure I had them all in the correct stacking order.
The Selection Pane makes it easy to hide objects and select objects that are underneath others as the case of my 15 boxes. To hide an object click on the eyeball icon. This will toggle between viewing and hiding.
Each number box I picked the “Disappear” animation and set it to start after the previous for a 60 second delay. So after 15 boxes, each disappearing after 60 seconds I end up with a slide that counts down 15 minutes. The other thing I did was change “minutes” to “minute” as soon as the 1 minute box appeared. Really the 1 minute box was appearing the whole time, just buried by the stacking order of boxes 2-15. Once the 2 minute box disappeared the 1 box was revealed. It is like a great magic trick! 🙂
Download my 15 Minute Countdown PowerPoint if you want to use it or just want to take a look at how I did the animations.
Let me know what your thoughts are or if you have ever had to create custom animations in PowerPoint.