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    Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    Good morning

    a while back somebody asked for a timer to use on slides to show the time remaining for a question to be answered and in pm's and posting an example on a teachers resource site I came up with several alternatives ranging from circular types, bar types and animation types but all were quite large. However whilst playing about the other evening I realised that you could use the crawl animation function set with the correct amount of seconds to simulate a countdown timer (atomic clock it ain't but its pretty close to normal time) with a table easily created in Excel and then copied and pasted into PowerPoint I came up with the attached example of a 3 minute countdown that is only 72kb.

    Hope this is of use

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    Re: Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    Sorry Steve, I have just come across this....I am scared as I was looking for this type of thing the other day and I remember the posts a few years back ( I have a copy of a clock countdown somewhere).

    The reason I wanted this type of thing was to put up a countdown for students to leave my laboratory before my lecture started, instead of "Students not in my lecture save up and get out within 5 minutes" I wanted the softer non-confrontational option of "Ladies and Gentleman the counter has started"

    As a basic Powerpointer how do I change the time..there is no VB <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    Jezza,

    To change the time you would need a different graphic.
    If you view the slide master you will see that there is a very long graphic with all the times in a vertical list, this has then been set to come in with a custom animiation that takes 3 minutes to complete.

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    Re: Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    Thanks Stuart

    OK now that I have opened the Master properly this time I now realise that the reason I couldn't see the slide was because of the very long text box holding the times <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    Sssooo the next question is, what is the transition setting that makes the text box move down?
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    Re: Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    It's not a transition, but a custom animation setting, as Stuart wrote. The very tall text box with the times from 3:00 to 0:00 crawls up very slowly. Since the text box with "TIME REMAIING" and the arrow is in front of it, you see only a small part of the tall text box - just enough to see one time.
    View the slide master, select the tall text box, then select Slide Show | Custom animation... to view/edit the animation settings. The speed looks a bit strange, since Microsoft didn't take times over 1 minute into account.

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    Re: Basic Timer (2003 SP2)

    Morning Jerry

    I was away for the weekend hence late response.

    I created the text box easily in Excel by dragging the first 2 values 3:00, 2:59 etc. down to 0:00 (you can do this either horizontaly or verticaly whichever is your preference) and copied and pasted into my slide master and then applied the Crawl animation (depending on what oriantation you have picked you can then select the direction for the entrance) set it to start with previous and then choose the number of seconds to last i.e. 300, 240, 180 etc. depending on the size of the text you have to move the text box to to make the timing more accurate because if you start it just outside the visible pane you will find that it runs about 4 seconds slow.

    Hope that helps

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    Steve
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