How to Add Section and Slide Zooms in Microsoft PowerPoint

If you want to jump to another slide or section of your presentation, you can easily add a link on your slide. But by using section or slide zoom in PowerPoint, you can make this move look professional.

In Microsoft PowerPoint, a section or slide zoom places an image on your slide instead of linked text. Also, when you click to visit that section or slide, you will see a nice zoom effect. You can customize the displayed image, zoom effect duration and additional actions.

To note: As of this writing in early April 2022, you can create a Section or Slide Zoom on Windows with Microsoft 365 and in PowerPoint 2019 or later. For Mac and PowerPoint mobile users, you can play a Zoom, but not create one.

Create a section zoom in PowerPoint

Using sections in PowerPoint is a good way to divide your presentation into separate parts. Whether you use it to organize your slideshow or to show only particular sections to certain audiences, sections are handy tools.

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To create a section zoom, your sections must be set up in advance. When you’re ready, navigate to the slide where you want to add the section zoom.

Head to the Insert tab and the Links section of the ribbon. Click the Zoom drop-down arrow and select “Section Zoom”.

Section zoom in the Zoom drop-down list

In the Insert Section Zoom window that appears, check the box next to the section you want to use. You can also include zooms for multiple sections. Click “Insert”.

Section selection

You will see the Zoom section appear on your slide. Its appearance is similar to a static image of the first slide in this section. You can move the zoom by selecting it and dragging it or resize it by dragging a corner or edge.

Section Zoom in PowerPoint

When presenting the slideshow, click on the Zoom section. You will see the zoom effect when you land on the first slide in this section. By default, you’ll step forward through each slide in the section and back to zoom. This can be changed as described in the customization options below.

Create slide zoom in PowerPoint

Similar to section zoom in PowerPoint is slide zoom. If you don’t use sections in your slideshow or just want to be able to jumping to a certain slide is the way to go.

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Navigate to the slide where you want the slide zoom. Next, head to the Insert tab and the Links section of the ribbon. Click the Zoom drop-down arrow and select “Slide Zoom”.

Drag Zoom from the Zoom drop-down list

In the Insert Slide Zoom window that opens, check the box next to the slide you want to use. You can also include zooms for multiple slides; however, you might consider using a summary zoom in this case instead. Click “Insert”.

Slide selection

Like section zoom, you will see slide zoom on your slide where you can drag to move or resize it.

Resize a slide zoom

When presenting the slideshow, click on the slide zoom. You will see the zoom effect when you land on the slide. You will then move forward through the rest of your slideshow. However, you can switch back to zoom if you prefer to use a customization option below.

Customize the zoom of a section or slide

The customization options for section and slide zooms are the same. You can adjust the zoom actions, change the appearance or use formatting tools.

Zoom options

Select the slide section or zoom you want to edit. Next, visit the Zoom tab that appears. On the left side, you have the following actions which you can adjust in the Zoom Options section.

Zoom options in PowerPoint

Change picture: If you prefer to display an image rather than the slide for zooming, select this option. You can then insert an image from a file, stock images, online images, or icons.

Return to Expand: To return to slide zoom, check this box. For a section zoom, you will return after reaching the last slide in the section. For slide zoom, you will come back after viewing that particular slide.

Zoom Transition: Although the purpose of a section or slide zoom is to provide a transition effect, you may prefer to use the feature without this effect. Uncheck the Zoom Transition box to remove the effect.

Duration: If you decide to keep the Zoom Transition, you can use the Duration field to change the duration 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

Besides the above actions, you can change zoom style, border, background, alt text, etc. Select the Zoom section or slide and use the tools on the Zoom tab.

Zoom tab in PowerPoint

Zoom Size Options

To change the fill or line, add a shadow or highlight, or resize the zoom, right-click and select “Zoom Size Options” from the menu. The Format Section/Slide Zoom sidebar opens for you to adjust formatting.

Zoom Format Sidebar in PowerPoint

For a unique way to jump to a particular section or a different slide in your PowerPoint presentation, check out the section and slide zoom features.