ATOI365D #Office365Challenge It feels like I’ve been waiting for this FOR EVER!! That update just wouldn’t come through. Anyway, now I have it and I can tell you about the new Zoom Feature in PowerPoint. This allows you to Zoom in on sections and slides as well as jump between slides. Enough talk, let me show you…

Day:  319 of 365, 46 left
Tools:  Office 365, PowerPoint
Description:  Woohoo to the new Zoom Feature in Microsoft PowerPoint
Audience:  All


What does Microsoft say?  If you’d like to make your presentations more dynamic and exciting, try using Zoom for PowerPoint. When you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to and from specific slides, sections, and portions of your presentation in an order you decide while you’re presenting. Read more…

(If this feature is not available in your Office 365 / Office 2016 PowerPoint – confirm with your Admin whether you are set as first release tenants and update your Office. We had to change our release preference – then I had to reinstall Office and run the updates again. This update was released in July 2016.)

Trust me when I say – the easiest way to learn this – is to play around with it.

There are 3 Types:

Summary Zoom

The Summary Zoom is a great way to create an index page with all your sections neatly on one page. It will automatically present it in “mosaic” format / card style.

Section Zoom

With Section Zoom you can get really creative. I love this idea for roadmaps, value chain links, progression etc.

Slide Zoom

Slide Zoom allows you to smoothly move on to your next slides, while ‘getting the bigger picture’.

To add Zoom to your slide – click on Insert > Zoom and select the type. It will ask you to select the slides you would like to use.


Pick the slides / sections you would like to use:


The pages will appear stacked on top of each other (except if you’re using the Summary Zoom). Now get creative – move these all over the page, make some of them smaller / larger and even turn them sideways or upside down. This will make the transition really interesting. In my Section Zoom example below I even inserted a “roadmap” background and stacked my slides around that.


Test your creating by going to Presentation mode. Once a Zoom is created, you will notice the Format Toolbar for Zoom appearing if you select any item on that page. Here you’ll see various settings related to your Zoom.


Here are examples of how the 3 different types of zoom will display in Presentation mode (yes they’re silent – at least they’re not black and white 🙂 )


Hope you’ll love it as much as I do!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.