How to use the Zoom tool in PowerPoint

There is great zoom tool in PowerPoint presentations. With the zoom tool you can highlight individual objects, summarise your slides onto one or create a canvas with different areas to navigate.

Basic zooming

The basic way to zoom in on specific objects is to apply the Grow/shrink emphasis animation. Select your object, go to the Animations tab and select Grow/Shrink from the Emphasis options. Go to Slide Show mode and you will see your object will now ‘grow’. In the Animation Pane you can edit the percentage size and timings to match your zooming needs.

In the example below I used the Morph transition (available in PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint Online) to create the illusion of a moving magnifying glass:

If you would like more information on how this was done, please do get in touch.

PowerPoint zoom features

PowerPoint has added some new zoom features, you could give these a go to add some interest to your presentation.

Try this! Open any PowerPoint presentation and go to Insert > Zoom > Summary Zoom, select all the slides and click Insert. You will see that this pulls all slides into one “summary slide” at the start of the deck and creates a separate section for each slide. Now play the presentation in Slide Show mode and click through – each slide zooms in and out in sequence, keeping any animations. To show selected slides only, choose Slide Zoom. To show a single section only, choose Section Zoom. Here’s a video showing this feature in action:

Really sophisticated zoom in PowerPoint

We often get asked if we “do Prezi”. We can, but we don’t. We prefer to use PowerPoint to the highest level to replicate the animation that appeals to Prezi users. And with PowerPoint getting constant updates its features really are going from strength to strength.

Our designer Ana recently threw this slide together to show off the Zoom navigation feature. Below is a video of Philippa talking through the animation. PowerPoint’s big canvas zoom feature:

This type of animation is great for meetings without an established agenda so you can click where the audience’s interests take you. This is really good for presenting to smaller audiences. The “big canvas” feel of zooming around one page can also help with communicating ideas that break down into lots of smaller parts: whilst still retaining the feel of the whole concept.

We love what PowerPoint can do, and we’d love to help you present better. Contact us so we can help you with your next presentation.