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Wow your Audience with Animated PowerPoints (Part 2!)

Are you ready to explore another impressive, yet intuitive, method of taking your presentations to the next level? We're going to take a look at Zoom. No, not the ever-popular conferencing app. Zoom, the new PowerPoint feature introduced in 2019 (along with its cousin Morph).

What's that? You don't have the latest version of PowerPoint? Well, most post-secondary institutes provide students with a subscription to essential software. If you're a student of Centennial College, here is a guide for you.

Alright. Let's get our hands dirty. Before we begin, I want to tease you with the quick glimpses of the kinds of projects you'll be able to create using the skills we're covering today. Have a look.

The hype is up! Let's begin.

Introducing Zoom

If you've used Prezi, you'll be familiar with the panning and zooming effect. Now we can get the same effect with PowerPoint. I'll be using PowerPoint Office 365, but it works just as well with PowerPoint 2019.

In theory, the zoom feature allows you to place slides into other slides. Then, while presenting, these slides dynamically take the view.

(concept video)


Scroll through the graphics below to get yourself familiar with some terms I'll be using for this tutorial.

Basic Zoom and Panning

This video covers

  • Inserting slide zoom

  • Return to zoom

  • Zoom background and outline

Inserting Slide Zoom

There are two methods to insert a slide zoom.

  1. Choose a slide from the thumbnail list and drag it onto your active slide

  2. Under the insert tab, look for zoom under the links section. From the drop-down menu, choose "slide zoom" and select the slide you would like to insert.

Now that we have some slide zooms inserted, let's play around with the settings.

Return to zoom

By default, the "return to zoom" setting is unchecked. Watch what happens when we check this option. As you see in the video, for basic panning presentations, I leave the box unchecked for all but the last slide.

Zoom background and Zoom outline

By removing the background and outline from the zoom preview, we can create a cohesive look for our presentation.


These steps can be used to make very streamlined, simplistic, yet dynamic presentations. Have a look at these two examples I put together.

Rotate and Infinity

This video covers:

  • create infinity zoom effect

  • rotate zoom previews

Infinity Zoom effect

In our previous practice, we were adding all of our slide zooms onto one base slide. This time, we are going to add each slide as a zoom on its previous slide. This creates an "infinite" zoom effect.


The zoom previews can also be rotated to create a motion effect while presenting. Remember to use this sparingly- some audiences can become nauseous with too many rotation movements in the presentation.


Here are a two projects that apply what we've learned so far. In the second example, I've added a section of a timelapse. You can see how I inserted and formatted the zoom previews.

Section Zoom

This video covers:

  • Divide slides into sections

  • Insert section zoom in two ways

  • Format zoom preview

Divide slides with sections

To create sections in your presentation, right click the thumbnail area between the slides you want divided and select "add section".

Insert section zoom

Just like adding slide zoom, we have two methods of adding section zoom.

  1. Choose a section from the thumbnail list and drag it onto your active slide

  2. Under the insert tab, look for zoom under the links section. From the drop-down menu, choose "section zoom" and select the section you would like to insert.


Again, zoom previews can be formatted the same way, whether it's a slide zoom or a section zoom. Try enabling return to zoom, removing background and outline, or rotating your section zoom until you are satisfied with the effects produced.


There we have it! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the tutorial. Comment below or shoot me an email for questions or concerns. Happy presenting!

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