FREE Countdown Timer for PC and MACTimer download


>> Countdown timer for PC  (Right click & Save As)

Important: MAC users read instructions before downloading or timer will not work!
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*NOTE: to reduce filesize, files were compressed. After download, unzip by right click / Extract all.

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Creating a better timer

Timer was originally developed for TEDxLjubljana. At the time the team was using a countdown clock that was made in PowerPoint and that simply did not cut it. We needed something that would look better and would be easier to use. It was time to create a better timer.

This free countdown timer is used on our practices and on LIVE events. Later it was shared with other TEDx organizers all across the globe and now it is here for you too. Timer works flawlessly and it will improve your event.

As used on TEDxVienna and many other TEDx converences and events As used on TEDxVienna and many other conferences around the world.

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How to use it?


1. SET THE TIME.
Do that by simply clicking on numbers with your mouse. You can also use arrow keys on your keyboard. To start it press SPACE.
First we need to set time
2. TIMER IS RUNNING. Countdown has started and will continue until timeout is reached. You can pause the timer by clicking SPACE. To reset the timer press DEL. *Note: on some Macs there is no DEL key. In this case use  Fn+backspace.

Timer is running
3. TIMEOUT. Timeout has been reached and a well visible red screen will appear. This has been tested to stop speakers, much better than if screen would not change colour into such obvious one!
Timer timeout

Timer download


>> Countdown timer for PC  (Right click & Save As)

Important: MAC users read instructions before downloading or timer will not work!
Done? >> Download timer for MAC


*NOTE: to reduce filesize, files were compressed. After download, unzip by right click / Extract all.

If the timer has proved to be valuable to you, please drop a comment and share your experience. Best!

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41 Comments

  1. victos sanvill

    wow, incredible, very easy and good graphics! thanks!

  2. Don Marsh

    I love this app. Very clean!

    The only thing I would love out of this is:
    – To be able to change the seconds (Needy speakers)
    – Editable/Custom “Time is up” screen.

    • Igor

      Yes, the intention of this timer is to be as clean and simple as possible. As for changing the seconds, you can do that in the EXTENDED version or in the APP, which also has some other extra features. Tnx for your comment!

  3. Thanks, Igor! You’re a life saver.

    Thanks for your work on this and willingness to share it with us:)

    • Igor (Author)

      I am glad this timer proved valuable to you ;) Thank you also for your kind comment!

  4. Tech

    What a great looking timer! I think the only options (that are already listed above) to help make it the end all be all of timers would be the ability to edit seconds in the MAC/PC versions and the ability to change the screen to a yellow “warning color” when reaching a certain amount of time left.
    Other than that, this is a fantastic software and thank you very, very much for sharing it with everyone – it is now our “go to” standard!

  5. Rachel

    I have Mac book pro, retina, one year old. Downloaded – works fine. But does not reset by Delete. everything else works.
    Suggestions?

  6. Rachel

    Found the answer! Must do function/delete to work on my Mac.
    Thanks for the great timer. Used it last year for TEDx event. Using this Saturday for TEDxPCC.
    Best,
    Rachel

    • Igor (Author)

      Great, I am glad it works and thank you for reporting. If you like the timer, please share it with others. I also wish you a successful TEDx event! :)

  7. Great idea! I would love to use this in sessions on a beamer.

    It is clear and simple, with a great big red splashscreen on countdown zero.

    However..

    - time can not be edited during countdown. I use this when my group needs just that one minute extra. just using cursor-keys is fine to preserve simplicity.
    - reset sets you back to 10 minutes, so you have to retune it every time.
    - no wake-up sound.

    Please fix this and I will be your greatest fan.

    • Igor (Author)

      Hi, tnx for the comment and your feedback, it is valuable! For now we will not add extra functions, but we might use your suggestion next time. You can try using pause and simply continue when needed, and app also has sounds. Best

  8. Neil Waite

    Thank you! Just what we needed!

  9. P.T. Murphy

    Many thanks! This is just what I was looking for. Oh simplicity…you will NEVER be replaced. :)

  10. Thank you
    the timer is wonderful
    Hermann

    • Igor (Author)

      Thank you Will! If you like it, please share it with others too. We want this timer to go all across the world :) Thanks

  11. Debra

    This is great. Is it possible to have the audible countdown on the PC/Mac version or is this just available on the phone version?

    Many thanks

  12. Nic

    This timer is the standard that we use for all our conferences & meetings
    now. Clean, clear and simple. We have had SO many presenters that came up to us raving about this timer it’s AMAZING!!

    Great stuff guys!!

    P.s – Will be fantastic if you guys could think about developing a presenter / control communication system integrated into the clock. Eg. Ability to type a message for the speaker.

    • Igor (Author)

      Nic, thank you very much for your comment, wow! We are very happy to hear that timer serves you well.

      As for suggestion, we might implement it in the future. For now, maybe you can try this:
      1. Add an extra monitor besides timer, there you can type something using word processor, or use some appropriate program for typing messages
      2. Make timer smaller (use ESC to exit fullscreen display), adjust the size of timer and then use a the other part of the screen for messages to the presenter.

  13. Keith Watts

    Hi

    Can I use the timer in Powerpoint 2008 for Mac? If so … how?

    Thank you

    Keith Watts

    • Igor (Author)

      Hi, you don´t need Powerpoint to use this timer. This is a standalone program, you simply run it and it works ;)

  14. Alex

    Hi,
    i love the minimalistic design. Thanks a lot for it

    Cheers

    Alex

  15. quasel

    best! you can ad a second-change maybe:)

  16. Igor, you really are THE COUNTDOWN KING. Great app! Easy to download, install, use, and customize. It looks great too! One of the best combinations of form and function in one app.

  17. Charlotte

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! I’VE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE for something to help my students keep their presentations timely in class, so I can now just start the timer on my laptop, place it next to them on the desk, and discreetly help them stay on time! Love the simple design.

    • Igor (Author)

      Maddam, thank you for your kind comment, glad it helps.

      Now, please click like, let´s spread this timer to the last corner of the Earth, I want to see even eskimos use it ;)

  18. Thanks Igor, Great tool.

    Minimalist but fully functional. This is what great design is about. Do the job well and be easy to use. And then it’s free!.Well done.

  19. Thank you very much. Simple fast free aqurate and BIG (vieawable letters) All the best…

  20. Win Noren

    This count-down timer was perfect for our event. Easy to use with BIG numbers that no one can miss. It was exactly what I was looking for. THANK YOU!!!

    My only suggestion is that when the timer is reset with the Delete key that it would go back to the previously set time as almost all of our talks over two days were 15 minutes in length rather than the default 10 minutes. But it is easy to increase/decrease the time so that was only a very minor inconvenience.

    THANK YOU again for making this timer available. It really was perfect for our needs.

    • Igor (Author)

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, I am glad the timer was usefull to you.

      We have published a new timer that includes extra functions such as the one you mention and more. Best!

  21. Hi, I was looking for a timer and end up on your website. As you have heard that sitting kills. New research is pointing that sitting in an office etc. for long periods of time is very unhealthy. And they recommend that one gets up every 10 to 15 minutes and stretch etc. This small pause alone can counter some of the ill effects of sitting.
    My problem is that I forgot to get up, so I would like to have a timer that will remind me to get up. Timer must be on the desktop, easy and fast to use and most importantly it must automatically start counting another 10 or 15 minute period. Also the alarm must be quiet so that it doesn’t wake people up who might be sleeping in the same room. Computer user can hear even a very quiet peep, because one is near the computer. Alarm could be visual too.. no sound at all. It could flash a picture of an alarm clock on the screen every 10 minutes. It must be totally automatic every 10 minutes.
    What you think about this idea? Let me know if you make this alarm.
    Timo from Finland

    • Igor

      Hi Timo, tnx for you comment. As for your idea I think it is interesting, but this timer is not intended for the use you describe. This one is mostly intended for timing public events, speaches, pitches, business meetings etc..
      The timers you are looking for are allready created, simply google search for something like “pomodoro timer pc” or “interval timer” and you will find them. There are lots of them allready created ;) Best regards

  22. I have a live stream that I’d love to have a countdown timer to use like yours.

    There are a couple features I’d love to see added.

    1. Ability to change background color
    2. Ability to make background transparent <—BIG one
    3. The ability to change the font color
    4. Ability to outline the number fonts (because sometimes a background can be the same color as the font when the background is transparent. This would allow us to "outline" the font and keep it visible).

    Its remarkable that no one has really done a good countdown timer for windows like yours. I've looked high and low. Yours is by far the closest to perfect.

    Kudos!

  23. Veerendra Sharma

    Wonderful app and very easy to use…. Thanx

  24. Darlene Roulund

    Thank you for this wonderful timer. I use it in my training classes. You made my day. :-)

  25. Ramadas Kaipa

    Thank you for the timer. We use it in our meetings. I used others earlier. But This is very useful and unique.

  26. Igor (Author)

    To all of you interested. We have just uploaded the improved timer, which has many of requested features, based on your comments.

    You can find it here (Minimalistic) and another version (Nano). Best

  27. We are a corporate event AV/Lighting/Staging company and occasionally we have a request for a speaker countdown timer. This one is great…the price is right…and I’ll probably go ahead and buy the one without the second timer…great deal there too!

    It works…what more can you say about an application?

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