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A Timer for a PowerPoint Slide
You may already know how to create a timer, maybe for a break timer that counts up or down.
You can do this by using a large number of duplicate shapes each with different text, aligning them all to overlay each other and then create timed animations to add or remove shapes.
There's an example by Andrew May here. This can look great but it can take an age to create all the shapes and animate them all with delays. If you don't want to use vba in the presentation though it's a good answer.
vba to the rescue then (not included in the final presentation though!)
Simply create ONE shape or textbox with text in the style you need (Any text will do but make it as long as the longest possible time), select it and run the macro below.
Alchemy! A two minute counter ready animated.
You can change the code to have any duration and have it count down or up.
The Code (This is a new version that allows transparent backgrounds and even semi transparent text)
Adapting ther Code
As it stands the code produces a 120 second timer in 5 second intervals
To change the duration of the timer simply change the value of Iduration
For i=Iduration to 0 Step -Istep
Even Simpler Version!
This version jusi counts down NUMBERS, As above you can easily modify it to count UP by changing the line:
For i = Iduration To 0 Step -Istep
For i=0 to Iduration Step Istep
The code is NOT required to make the timer run. Once you have made the timer the code module can either be deleted or all the shapes copied and pasted to a new presentation
If you have further on click anmations on the slide then any click will STOP the timer sequence - not what you want probably!
Solve this by adding a full slide size rectangle set to 100% transparent and use this as a trigger for any further animations.
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