If you want to move to another slide or section in your presentation, you can simply add a link to your slide. But by using a section or slide zoom in PowerPoint, you can make that move look professional.
In Microsoft PowerPoint, a section or slide zoom places an image on your slide instead of linked text. In addition, when you click to visit that section or slide, you will see a nice zoom effect. You can adjust the displayed image, the duration of the zoom effect and additional actions.
Remark: At the time of writing, beginning April 2022, you can create a section or slide zoom on Windows with Microsoft 365 and in PowerPoint 2019 or later. For Mac and mobile PowerPoint users, you can play a Zoom, but not create one.
Create a section zoom in PowerPoint
Using sections in PowerPoint is a great way to divide your presentation into separate parts. Whether you use it to organize your slideshow or to show only certain sections to a certain audience, sections are useful tools.
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To create a section zoom, you need to set up your sections ahead of time. When you’re done, navigate to the slide you want to add the section zoom to.
Go to the Insert & Links tab of the ribbon. Click the Zoom drop-down arrow and choose Section Zoom.
In the Insert Section Zoom window that appears, check the box next to the section you want to use. You can also include multi-section zooms. Click on ‘Insert’.
You will see the zoom section appear on your slide. It looks like a static image of the first slide in that section. You can move the zoom by selecting and dragging it, or resize it by dragging a corner or edge.
When presenting the slideshow, click the Zoom section. You’ll see the zoom effect when you land on the first slide in that section. By default, you scroll through each slide in the section and return to the zoom. This can be changed as described in the customization options below.
Create a slide zoom in PowerPoint
Similar to a section zoom in PowerPoint is the slide zoom. If you don’t use sections in your slideshow or just want the ability to jump to a particular slide, this is the way to go.
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Go to the slide where you want to zoom the slide. Then go to the Insert & Links tab of the ribbon. Click the Zoom drop-down arrow and choose Slide Zoom.
In the Insert Slide Zoom window that opens, check the box next to the slide you want to use. You can also include zooms on multiple slides; however, in this case, you may want to consider using an outline zoom. Click on ‘Insert’.
Like the section zoom, you see the slide zoom on your slide where you can drag to move or resize it.
When presenting the slideshow, click the slide zoom. You will see the zoom effect when you land on the slide. You will then continue with the rest of your slideshow. However, you can return to the zoom if you prefer to use an adjustment option below.
Adjust a section or slide zoom
The adjustment options for section and slide zooms are the same. You can customize the zoom’s actions, change its appearance, or use additional formatting tools.
Select the section or slide zoom you want to edit. Then go to the Zoom tab that appears. On the left side, you have the following actions that you can customize in the Zoom options section.
Change image: If you prefer to display an image than the slide before the zoom, select this option. You can then insert an image from a file, stock photos, online images, or icons.
Return to Zoom: Check this box to return to the zoom function on the slide. For a section zoom, return after going to the last slide in the section. For a slide zoom, return after viewing that particular slide.
Zoom transition: While the intent of a section or slide zoom is to provide a transition effect, you may prefer to use the feature without that effect. Clear the Zoom Transition check box to remove the effect.
Expensive: If you decide to keep the zoom transition, you can use the Duration field to change the length of the effect. Enter a number in seconds or use the arrows to increase or decrease the duration.
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Zoom Tab Tools
In addition to the above actions, you can change the zoom style, border, background, alt text, and more. Select the section or slide zoom and use the tools on the Zoom tab.
Zoom Layout Options
To change the fill or stroke, add a shadow or reflection, or scale the zoom, right-click and choose Zoom Size Options from the menu. The Section/Slide Zoom Layout sidebar opens, allowing you to adjust the layout.
Check out the Section and Slide Zoom features for a unique way to jump to a specific section or slide in your PowerPoint presentation.