How to Use the Zoom Transition in PowerPoint?

How to Use the Zoom Transition in PowerPoint?

Created: Friday, February 21, 2020 posted by at 9:30 am

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By Philippa Leguen de Lacroix

Let’s take a look at two video examples of the Zoom transition in action, and give you some pointers and guidance on how to use this Zoom feature in PowerPoint.

The first example of the Zoom transition in PowerPoint is a simple dashboard.

Here are simple steps to use PowerPoint’s Zoom feature:

  1. Before you begin, make sure you have some slides in your presentation.
  2. Access the Insert tab, and click the Zoom option.
  3. Summary Zoom
  4. We’ve chosen the Summary Zoom option. This opens a dialog box to select the slides you want to include, and PowerPoint automatically pops those selected slides as Zoom thumbnails on a new slide.
  5. Once you highlight one of the Zoom thumbnails in Normal view, you will find the contextual Zoom tab on the Ribbon.
  6. We’ve selected the Return to Zoom option so that after viewing each slide separately, we return to the main summary page showing all 5 slides as large thumbnails. Deselect that option if you’d like to transition automatically to the next zoomed slide (without returning to the summary slide).
  7. Zoom Options
  8. You can also change the thumbnail image. For example, you could show a simplified version of the slide, or an icon or any photo. But we like that it zooms into place smoothly using the original. The great editing news is that any changes you make to the 5 actual slides will automatically be updated in the large thumbnail view. They stay linked. Nice.

Our second example of the Zoom transition in PowerPoint is an interactive menu.

This version of the Zoom transition is a bit more Prezi-like in feel.

PowerPoint animation capabilities are constantly improving. I personally don’t get on well with the Prezi software, but I certainly agree that it’s important to move away from a slide-by-slide approach of headings and bullets. With PowerPoint Zoom, we can replicate this Prezi feature in PowerPoint. All we need is a good design concept. Like anything, initial creativity is key.

We’ve included a rotation on the clickable areas here. We’ve also included animation on the destination slide that doesn’t show on the main summary slide. Simply done by hiding the text box beneath a small image of the background. When we arrive on the destination slide, that image is set to automatically exit with a Fade effect.

This is a great way to keep the main page lighter and less crammed with information.

Obviously, this can be applied to other content just as effectively. Have a think about what you could drill down into within PowerPoint (rather than a coffee shop menu!). Maybe some case studies, some data, a process diagram – the options are endless.

Here’s a screenshot of how we’ve set up the coffee menu slides. You’ll see the images are on empty white backgrounds. They are transparent PNG files, so they sit perfectly on top of the textured background of slide 1.

Coffee Menu Slides

Have a play with the Zoom Background button on the Zoom tab on the Ribbon to see how this impacts the slides too.

Zoom Background

Zoom in Slide Show View

PowerPoint also has a Zoom icon that you can click whilst in Slide Show view. This can be equally as useful, and obviously no set up is required! Once zoomed in, you can drag the screen with your cursor. Right-click to return to Normal view.

Zoom in Slide Show view

Good luck with your next presentation!

Philippa Leguen de Lacroix
Philippa Leguen de Lacroix is co-founder of Presented – a UK company who specialize in transforming PowerPoint presentations (and avoiding that whole “death by…” syndrome).

The company is over 10 years old, and before that Philippa worked in Desk Top Publishing for a few investment banks for a number of years. In her spare time, she helps to run a field hockey club and coaches children to play.

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