A Countdown Timer in Google Search

Google seem to be constantly building new tricks and tools into their search interface. It’s becoming a real Swiss Army Knife for the office, workshop or classroom.

Here’s another little trick that couldn’t be simpler to use – an on-screen countdown timer.

Just type “timer 10 minutes” (or whatever period you need) into the search bar, and watch the timer begin to count down in real time on the screen:

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Click on the little square icon I marked in red in the figure above, and the timer becomes full screen, so you can see it across the room:

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There’s an audible alarm that sounds by default when the countdown reaches zero, but you can mute it if you wish by clicking on the little speaker icon.

A simple little trick that you can use for classroom activities, cookery, games and a whole host of other applications.