PowerPoint’s newest feature is Zoom. It is a combination of Custom Shows, in-presentation hyperlinks, the Morph transition, and some new features like dynamic live updating content. It is available to Office 365 subscription PowerPoint 2016. Seeing Zoom in use is definitely the easiest way to explain Zoom, but today I want to go over the technical stuff. Check back all week as I have video demos showing how this new tool can be used.


To get to Zoom, go to INSERT tab > LINKS section > ZOOM drop down.


There are 3 options:

CREATE SUMMARY: Automatically adds sections to a presentation if they are not present and adds a new navigation slide with links to each section, and links default to go-to-location.

SECTION ZOOM: Only previously created sections are available and links are added to the slide currently being edited, and links default to Show-and-Return.

SLIDE ZOOM: Adds links to any selected slides, and links default to go-to-location.


Once a Zoom is added to a presentation, the ZOOM FORMAT tab is available.


    • Once a Zoom thumbnail is selected, the additional options become available under the Zoom Tab
    • Zoom Options: Settings include Change Image of thumbnail, Option to return to the Zoom slide (show-and-return), and the length/duration of the zoom transition
    • Stylize with borders or additional Zoom Styles and Effects become available from the drop down menu (basically any photo styling option is available to a Zoom thumbnail)
    • Option to remove the slide Zoom Background and fill with a different color or image from the Fill menu (this is a very cool new feature, look for a blog post on it coming up!)

Legacy PowerPoint

  • Yes, Zoom does work on non-Office 365 PowerPoint (eg. PowerPoint 2016 back to 2007)
  • Instead of the dynamic zoom effect, the destination slide transition is used

– Troy @ TLC