This first example will use the Zoom Slides feature in it most basic form.
Begin by creating all the slides you will be using in your presentation.
If we wish to zoom in on the three existing slides, we need to insert a blank slide before the three standard slides. Right-click above the top-most slide thumbnail and select New Slide.
For this example, if the new slide has any placeholders, remove them and leave yourself with a blank slide.
To insert he Zoom Slide feature on the new blank slide, select the blank slide and click Insert (tab) -> Links (group) -> Zoom -> Slide Zoom.
The resulting pop-up will display all slides in the slidedeck.
Place check marks below each slide you wish to include in the summary zoom slide and click Insert.
What the feature inserts are live thumbnail images of the selected slides. If you alter the original slides, the thumbnails will update to reflect the change.
Arrange and size the thumbnails accordingly.
When we run the slideshow, we see the summary slide with the thumbnail images.
If we click on the first slide thumbnail, we gracefully zoom into the thumbnail revealing the linked slide in all its full resolution glory.
Upon each click of the mouse (or hit of the spacebar key) we are gracefully lifted off the current slide, moved to the next thumbnail image, and gently descend into the new slide. Once we reach the last slide, our presentation ends in The Black.
We don’t want our presentation to end after the last zoomed slide, so we will change one of the Zoom Slides options.
When you select a zoom slide you are given access to a ribbon of option named Zoom.
Two of the more important options you will use more than any are “Return to Zoom” and “Zoom Background”.
Return to Zoom
If we select each thumbnail in turn and place a check in the “Return to Zoom” option, we will see a small left-pointing arrow in the slide number box in the lower-right corner of the thumbnail.
This indicates two things:
- The slide can be clicked at any time; first, last, never, repeatedly, etc…
- The zoom feature will return the viewer to the summary slide of thumbnails images after the slide is viewed.
This allows the presenter to dive into the slides in any order they wish and even return to previously viewed slides if necessary.
If we wish to maintain the linear approach to presenting our slides yet return to the summary slide once we finish with the last slide, remove the checks from the “Return to Zoom” option on all slides except the last slide.
The “Zoom Background” option removes the background element from the slide thumbnail.
To see this better, lets change the background color of our summary slide to gray, leaving our slide thumbnails with a white background.
Select a thumbnail slide and click Zoom (tab) -> Zoom Styles (group) -> Zoom Background.
This will remove the background from the slide thumbnail rendering it transparent.
This gives us the opportunity to get creative with our presentation.
Set all the zoom slide thumbnails to have a transparent background. Now we’ll add colored shapes to act as background “zoom zones” (not an official PowerPoint term) for each thumbnail.
You can also change the size of the slide thumbnails to suit your needs.
Observe the result of the above changes.