Powerpoint – How to keep track of time

Posted in Business Tips, Good Advice

Would you like to see the time in the corner of every PowerPoint slide so that you don’t have to check your watch during a presentation?

I came across this tip recently which you may find useful.

It varies slightly with different versions of PowerPoint, but the concepts are the same:

  • Click the Insert tab at the top
  • Click the “Text Box” in the middle
  • Click the place on the slide where you want the time to go
  • Click the Insert tab at the top again
  • Click the “Date & Time” in the middle
  • Choose one of the formats at the bottom
  • Click the checkbox “Update automatically”

That box will now contain the current time as you are doing the PowerPoint slideshow.

A few other helpful tips:

  • It doesn’t always work as there are some random times when it won’t update
  • You can change the font, size or colour of the text box using standard PowerPoint techniques
  • You can copy it from one slide and paste it to another, and it will work on the new slide
  • If you put it in slide master, it will show up on every new slide.

Hope you find this useful.


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