Thursday, May 19, 2022

How to add a timer, stopwatch, date, and time directly into a Google Slides presentation

 Back in the middle of February I shared an easy way to add a timer or stopwatch into a Google Slides presentation.

Another way you could embed a timer, stopwatch, date and time directly into your Slides presentation is to use the Slides Timer.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial followed by directions that information that was taken directly from the extension website.

Create timmers using placeholders. ie <<0:00+>>, <<5:00->>, <<time>>, <<date>>, <<shortdate>>, <<longdate>>

Slides Timer is an extension which will automatically bring timers to life in presented slides. Times placed between << and >> will be replaced with a timer. Use - as the last character to count down from the specified time. Use + to count up from the specified time. use <<time>> to display the current time. 


<<5:00->> will count down starting at 5 minutes. 

<<2:00+>> will count up starting at 2 minutes

<<time>> will display the current time 

<<time^>> will display the current time without seconds

<<time&>> will display the current time without am/pm

<<time^&>> will display the current time without seconds and am/pm

<<date>> will display numeric dates in / format

<<shortdate>> will display abbreviated word date values

<<longdate>> will display full word date values

<<00:30-->> will advance to the previous slide on countdown

<<00:30-+>> will advance to the next slide on countdown

<<00:30-@>> will trigger inserted audio on countdown

<<00:30-!>> will trigger inserted video on countdown

<<00:30-~>> will continuously countdown when navigating slides.

<<00:30+~>> will continuously countup when navigating slides.

Take care,


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Alternative to the Snipping Tool - Snip & Sketch. Plus how to use Window Key Shift S.

 Hi everyone,

Lately a number of people have been asking about the Snipping Tool and the announcement that it is moving.

While the snipping tool is simple to use, I would like to suggest trying to other items.

  1. Try adding  Snip & Sketch. This is basically a more robust version of the snipping tool.
  2. I strongly encourage you to use the shortcut Window Key + Shift + s.
    1. This will allow you to take a screenshot and will save it to your clipboard.
    2. Please know that you can use Ctrl v to paste the screenshot or..... take a bunch of screenshots and come back to the clipboard by pressing Windows Key v.
      1. This will take you to all of your screenshots.
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial.

Previously I make a blog post titled: How to take a full page screen capture plus three other ways to take a screenshot. This will take you through a few tips.

Take care,