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How to automatically play a presentation and time slides in Keynote

If you’re creating a presentation in Keynote that you want to play automatically without any interaction, this is easier to do than you might think. You can set up the slideshow to start playing when you click and then go through each slide automatically. And with this, you may want to display those slides for specific amounts of time.

To help you create the perfect slideshow, this tutorial shows you how to set up a self-playing presentation and time your slides in Keynote.

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Set up self-play and slide timing in Keynote

Setting up your presentation to automatically play and change the time spent on slides is done in the same spot. So that makes this easy!

On iPhone or iPad

Open your presentation in Keynote on your iPhone or iPad and then do the following:

  • Tap the More (three-dot icon) button on the top right.
  • Scroll down and select Settings .
  • Tap Presentation Type and select Self-Playing .
  • In the Delay boxes on the bottom, use the sliders to change the times in seconds for Transitions and Builds.

Self-play Slide Timing Keynote iPhone

Open Keynote on your Mac to your presentation and then follow these steps:

  • Click the Document button on the top right.
  • In the Presentation Type box, select Self-Playing .
  • In the Delay boxes to the right, use the arrows or enter times in seconds for Transitions and Builds. These refer to slide transitions and build effects.

Self-play Slide Timing Keynote Mac

Even though you have each slide delay set up for the self-playing option on Mac, you can keep certain slides on display for a longer or shorter amount of time if you like:

  • Click the Animate button on the top right.
  • In the Start Transition box, select Automatically .
  • In the Delay box to the right, use the arrows or enter a time in seconds for the slide transition delay.

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Using the self-playing presentation option is terrific for events or activities where you don’t want to have to interact with the slideshow. And Keynote on both iOS and Mac makes it simple.

Do you have any Keynote tips for our readers that you’d like to share? If so, help them create the perfect presentation by sharing your comments below!

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d moon

Insert a countdown timer in Keynote?

I'm sure this is an included feature that I just can't find somehow. I would like to insert a countdown timer into a slide. This seems pretty common; I've seen it done a lot. But I just can't find the Insert>timer link, or anything like it. And the iWork help file is forever searching and never going anywhere (second, embedded problem), so I can't search there.

I tried the iPresentee thing, but it didn't download properly. Plus, it seems like a basic feature available for a presenter, especially since there's a timer included in the Presenter view.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted on Feb 27, 2012 8:28 PM

rodgerb4

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 7:55 AM

Here you go. Keynote > Preferences > click Presenter Display click the presenter display button at the bottom of presenter display preferences. Choose Play > Customize Presenter Display. > Timer. the timer will give you the eleapsed time and time remaining, choose the option you want. Note that the timer starts once you click your first slide, not when you hit Play. Hope this helps.

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Apr 6, 2013 7:55 AM in response to d moon

bwfromspring hill

Feb 27, 2012 10:44 PM in response to d moon

Keynote does not provide any countdown timer features. You need to seek third parties for them.

The iPresentee timers are a good start - their website provides a free "goodie" of timers in the form of a Keynote File where many choices of timers are available. Try downloading the file again or contact iPresentee for assistance.

Each Timer is actually a Quicktime video clip. You select the one with the closest time range to your needs, copy it to your presentation and adjust the start point.

Keynote > Inspector > Quicktime > Start & Stop controls

Feb 28, 2012 4:45 PM in response to bwfromspring hill

Thanks bwfromspring hill. That's too bad. I'm starting to get a little wrestless with the few things it seems that iWork can do lately. Maybe thinking of switching to an alternative. Thanks for your response.

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Apr 6, 2013 6:52 AM in response to d moon

FYI, Keynote does have a countdown timer feature. It may only be available when using a secondary monitor and running in presenter mode. Go to Play->cutsomize presenter display->select "time remaining". Default is elapsed time. Problem is, it's not working for me, which is what led me to this thread in the first place. It caused both the clock and the time remaining (per slide) to freeze, while the presentation carried on. Any advice?

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Timer for Keynote and Other Presentations

So, i jumped into photoshop and designed one.

Exporting as a mp4 file means that the timer can be dropped into any Keynote presentation and started automatically or with a click. I’ve made the movie as 1 hour long but you can start from any point, here’s how;

Starting the Countdown Timer From Any Point

1. Add the movie, either through iPhoto or drag and drop. It’ll probably be too big, so resize if you’d like.

2. Choose the Format Inspector panel and then Movie from the sub menu

3. About half way down locate the Trim feature. As default the starting frame is set to 00:00:00:000, this being Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames.

4. Either click and drag the left most point, or more easily click in the starting frame and type in your start time.

In this example I’m setting up a 10 minute task so the timer starts 50 minutes in (00:50:00:000). The Poster Frame is what will be displayed prior to the movie starting, by default it is the first frame from where the movie will start and so for my case this is perfect 🙂

I hope you get some use from this, I’d love to hear your experiences and feedback and any other ideas you might like implementing.

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You are free to use this for any non commercial use, the selling of this file is strictly forbidden. Feel free to re-share with credit to this website .

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Here’s a simple solution to a simple problem: how to create a timer that counts down from a specified number of minutes to zero, by seconds? Assuming one slide per second of time counted, a two-minute timer would require the creation and the setting transition parameters for 121 slides!

Ah, but there are the joys and rewards for using Automation. The script provided here will create the presentation in seconds.

The Presentation

For your countdown Keynote presentation, you’ll want to use a monospace font, like Menlo Bold (shown in the movie above), and align the text to the right so that the time characters do not shift position as the countdown progresses.

The script will duplicate the slide and adjust the displayed time accordingly to count down to “:00” Any slide transition settings and timing will be handled by the script.

DO THIS ►  DOWNLOAD  the example Keynote presentation file. Select the first slide and replace the current number of minutes with the desired number. Then, run the provided script. Add your own ending and voila!

Here is the script for creating a countdown presentation based on the current slide of the frontmost Keynote presentation.

Open Script tell application "Keynote"   activate   tell front document   set startingSlide to current slide   repeat   duplicate ( get current slide)   tell the last slide   set slideText to object text of the default title item   -- get the minutes and seconds   if slideText begins with ":" then   set amountInMinutes to "0"   set amountInSeconds to first word of slideText   else   set amountInMinutes to first word of slideText   set amountInSeconds to second word of slideText   end if   -- adjust seconds   if amountInSeconds is "00" then   set newSeconds to "59"   -- adjust minutes   if amountInMinutes is "0" then   set newMinutes to ""   else   set newMinutes to ¬   ((amountInMinutes as integer) - 1) as string   if newMinutes is "0" then set newMinutes to ""   end if   else   set newSeconds to ¬   ((amountInSeconds as integer) - 1) as string   if length of newSeconds is 1 then   set newSeconds to "0" & newSeconds   end if   -- adjust minutes   if amountInMinutes is "0" then   set newMinutes to ""   else   set newMinutes to amountInMinutes   end if   end if   -- set the text   set newTime to newMinutes & ":" & newSeconds   set object text of the default title item to newTime   if newTime is ":00" then exit repeat   end tell   end repeat   -- set the transition of all slides   set the transition properties of every slide to {transition effect:no transition effect, transition duration:0, transition delay:1, automatic transition:true}   end tell   -- start the presentation   start front document from startingSlide end tell

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Make a presentation advance automatically in Keynote on iPad

You can set your presentation to advance automatically, like a movie, with no interaction needed. You can also set it to play immediately when it’s opened, or to play continuously in a loop.

the Actions Menu button

Tap Self-Playing, then adjust the sliders to change the timing of transitions or build effects.

Set any of the playback options:

Loop Slideshow: Turn on to have the presentation return to the first slide at the end of the slideshow.

Restart Show if Idle: Turn on, then drag the slider to set the amount of idle time with no viewer interaction before the presentation returns to the first slide.

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