I used to make a Table of Contents in PowerPoint by clicking and dragging over text in the TOC, and making it a link. Instead of linking to a url (website), I would link to another slide in the presentation. Sometimes I still do that, but more often I will just use Zoom. (Actually, unless I want a visual, rather than a textual, TOC, I still do them the old fashioned way.)
Finding and using Zoom
You will find Zoom under the Insert tab in the ribbon. Go to Insert…Links…Zoom…Slide Zoom.
Simply choose which slide or slides you want to zoom to from this page.
A thumbnail image of the page(s) will be placed on your slide.
Presenting with Zoom
When presenting you click on the thumbnail to jump to that slide. In the image below, see if you can find slides 3, 4, and 5 from the image above!
You can also set slides that you zoom to, to return when you click on them. (If you zoom to a video, clicking on the video starts and stops it. You have to click outside the video, after stopping it, to return from a video slide.)
Purpose and use cases
So, besides making a presentation that looks like a Prezi, why would you do this?
Any presentation that doesn’t need to be linear, for starters.
How about a FACS teachers posting a diagram of a sewing machine, creating a slide for each component, and students can click on a component to go to the slide about that part, then return back to the image of the entire machine? Apply that to a map, parts of a cell, a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop, parts of an equation or a plot diagram. Or how about students creating a choose-your-own-adventure story?
This is what it looks like to use one. (You have to start slideshow.)
Tutorial and practice
Now let’s take a look at how to add some Zoom to your Powerpoint.
If you really want to get advanced, you can even replace the thumbnail of the other slide with another image. That’s how I made this tutorial for you to click through. Now it’s your turn to click through the same steps you just saw in the last video.(Download and start slideshow to click through.)
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