How to Create a Summary Zoom Slide in Microsoft PowerPoint

Summary Zoom in PowerPoint

Creating a table of contents in PowerPoint is a way to summarize your slideshow and easily jump to certain slides. But another way to make your presentation more dynamic is to use a Zoom summary slide.

A summary zoom in Microsoft PowerPoint is a slide that contains thumbnails of slides or sections in your presentation. When you select a thumbnail, the zoom transition appears and then takes you to that slide or section. It’s a fabulous way to enhance your presentation, especially a long one or one using sections.

To note: As of March 2022, you can create a Summary Zoom on Windows with Microsoft 365 and in PowerPoint 2019. For Mac and PowerPoint mobile users, you can play a Summary Zoom, but not create one.

Create a summary zoom in PowerPoint

If you already have sections in your PowerPoint slideshow, those sections will be used for your summary zoom. If you don’t have sections, PowerPoint creates them for you when you create the summary zoom.

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Open PowerPoint to the presentation you want to use and go to the Insert tab. In the Links section of the ribbon, click the Zoom drop-down arrow and select “Summary Zoom”.

Summary Zoom to Links in the Insert Tab

When the Insert Summary Zoom window opens, choose the slides to include and click “Insert”. Each slide you select creates the beginning of a section. This lets you select a slide, move through its section, and then return to the summary slide.

Slides available for overview zoom

You will then see the summary slide with your thumbnails and a place for a title at the top. Click on the title box to insert your text or select it and press Delete to remove the title box.

Summary zoom inserted

You can also see the sections used in Normal or Slide Sorter view. By default, the name of the first slide in a section is the name of the section. To change this, right-click on a section and choose “Rename Section”.

Summary of zoom sections in PowerPoint

Keep in mind that the summary zoom is the first slide in your presentation in its own section called Summary Section.

Customize a summary zoom slide

A summary zoom slide includes a few default settings that you can change if you want. Select the zoom section on the summary slide. Next, navigate to the Zoom tab that appears.

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On the left side of the ribbon, you will see the following settings that you can adjust. For each, you can select the entire zoom and change a setting for it as a whole or choose a particular thumbnail within the zoom and change the setting for it individually.

Default summary zoom settings

Return to Expand: If this box is checked, you will return to the summary slide once you have finished moving through each slide in a section. Otherwise, you will advance the slides normally.

Zoom Transition: When this box is checked, the Zoom transition is used when you select a slide on the summary. Uncheck it if you prefer not to use the zoom effect.

Duration: If you leave the above zoom transition checked, you can adjust how long the transition appears. Enter a number in seconds or use the right arrows to increase or decrease the duration.

In addition to these default settings, you can use the other tools on the ribbon to further customize the zoom. For example, you can select a different zoom style, add a border, change the background, or include alt text.

Zoom tab in PowerPoint

You can also add a shadow or highlight, adjust the line or fill color, and change the size or position. Right-click the zoom and choose “Format Summary Zoom” to open the sidebar for these adjustments.

Format Summary Zoom Sidebar

Edit a summary zoom slide

If you want to add or remove slides or sections in your summary zoom, right-click or go to the Zoom tab. Then choose “Edit Summary”.

Edit a Zoom Summary in PowerPoint

Check the boxes to add slides or sections and uncheck the ones you want to remove. Click “Update”.

Add or remove summary zoom

Keep in mind that adding or removing Summary Zoom does not affect any sections or slides that exist in your presentation.

For more ways to enhance your slideshow, learn how to add a video to your presentation or record voiceover narration in PowerPoint.

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