How to set timer on Google Slides?

Embedding a timer into your slide can be useful & punctual. Imagine that you were a speaker and would like your attendees to perform a task in a limited time. Knowing how to set timer on  Google Slides would be handy and convenient to remind your audiences about the time. This would also help your presentation finish on time.

How to add timer on Google Slides?

Step 1: In Google Slides, on the menu bar, click on Insert > Video

insert video google slides

Step 2: In the search bar, search for the keyword “X minutes timer” with X your countdown time. In this example, I will type “4 minutes timers”. Pick the video that you like most or the one suitable with your slide.

Choose a timer video in Youtube

Step 3: After insert a timer video into your slide, you can drag and drop the video wherever you want. You can resize the video so it will fit into your slide.

For me a rainbow 4 minutes timer as below is more than enough. When you want to start the timer during your presentation, simply click on the video to start it & trigger the countdown timer.

timer in a slide

That's it! Now you have already mastered how to set timer on Google Slides. This skill will help you perform your presentation professionally and punctually.

How to bring image to front in Google Slides?

The Powerpoint users may not be familiar with Google Slides because of its new & minimal UI. Today, we will show you how to bring image, photo to front of the text in the Google Slides. This is so simple that you will remember immediately right after doing this.

Steps: Right click on the image that you want to bring to front. Look for Order > Bring to front.

That’s it, very simple, right? To bring the image to back, you do some similar steps: Right click on the image > Order > Send to back.

change order for image

What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is a free cloud-based solution for presentation. It allows you to create, edit and save your files online from anywhere, at anytime. You don’t have to bring your laptop to open your presentation anymore. With Google Slides, you simply open the browser, access your documents, edit and auto-save the files online. Your documents will be stored on a cloud which is secured by your Google account.

Google Slides basically has similar functionalities with Microsoft Powerpoint which helps you create & perform your presentation professionally & smoothly. You will feel like home in the first time using Google Slides if you have used the Powerpoint.

Features of Google Slides:

  • Built-in themes & pre-made templates, plenty of fonts, animations, embedded videos
  • Access, create, edit, and save your slides wherever you go from your smartphone, tablet and laptop. What you only need is the internet connection
  • Many teammates can work on the same presentation at the same time
  • Your slides will be automatically saved as you type, so you won’t worry losing your works when the application is buggy or broken
  • Use the revision feature to keep track the history of changes, rollback to a different version of the file

Compare Google Slides vs Powerpoint

Google Slides





Year born




Equally popular among the users nowadays


Google Slides is completely free to personal use

Powerpoint is included in Microsoft Office which costs you an amount of money below $100

Performance & Accessibility

Google Slides is built with online mindset which allows users to access the web application from anywhere & at anytime. This makes the application so convenient & handy. The only drawback is that you cannot access the file when you don’t have a internet connection

Powerpoint has been a giant in the industry for more than 30 years with so many features & high performance. Powerpoint online is also provided with limited abilities comparing with Google Slides. The advantage of the application is that it’s so familiar with many office staffs. So your employees don’t have to learn how to use it. The drawback is that the document will be saved into your computer and not be accessible online. (Unless you have saved it to Microsoft’s cloud storage OneDrive)


Google slides supports the teamwork smoothly & flawlessly in which many teammates can work in the same document at the same time

Powerpoint doesn’t support modifications from many people at the same time

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  • Updated August 16, 2019
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