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How to Instantly Create a Dynamic Summary Slide Using the PowerPoint “Summary Zoom” Feature

by Adam Noar

If you want to quickly create a dazzling summary of your presentation that will surely wow your audience, look no further than creating a Summary Zoom slide in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint released a relatively new “zoom feature” (found within the Insert Tab) that aims to make PowerPoint more dynamic (less linear).

This is clearly a strategic decision by Microsoft to be more like Prezi.

The benefit of the PowerPoint zoom feature is pretty clear:

When you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to and from specific slides, sections, and portions of your presentation in an order you decide while you’re presenting.

This makes your presentations more “dynamic” and more “Prezi-like.”

Note: this feature is only available only if you have an Office 365 subscription.

Here’s a great demo of the Summary Zoom Slide in action:

The Purpose of Creating Summary Slide Using “Summary Zoom”

Think of a Summary Zoom slide as a landing page where you can see the pieces of your presentation all at once.

You can also think of it as a “choose your own adventure PowerPoint slide” for your presentation.

When you have your Summary Zoom slide pulled up in presenter mode, you can go from one place in your presentation to another in any order you like.

You can get creative, skip ahead, or revisit pieces of your slideshow without interrupting the flow of your presentation.

How to Create a Summary Zoom Slide

Creating a summary zoom slide is pretty darn simple. That’s the beauty of it.

How it’s done in 4 simple steps:

Step #1.) Go to Insert > Zoom

Step #2.) Select Summary Zoom

The Summary Zoom dialog will open.

Step #3.) Select slides you want to include in your Summary Zoom. These will become the first slides of your Summary Zoom sections.

To learn more about using sections in PowerPoint, see Add or remove sections in a PowerPoint presentation.

If you already have sections in your presentation, the first slide of each section will be preselected by default. If you don’t want to include certain sections in your Zoom, deselect them. Then, if you want PowerPoint to get rid of any sections you didn’t include in your Summary Zoom, clear the check box next to Keep unused sections in your presentation. Don’t worry—the slides in the sections you’re discarding will still be part of your presentation.

Step #4.) Once you’ve selected all the slides you want to use for your Summary Zoom, select Insert. Your Summary Zoom will be created, and it will appear as a new slide just before the first slide you included in your Summary Zoom.

Congratulations you have now successfully created a summary zoom slide in PowerPoint!

I told you it was simple!

Note: You can test the slide out by going to the summary zoom slide within presenter view and then click on and of the slide tiles that you added to the slide. When you click on them it should zoom to that particular slide. After PowerPoint zooms in on the slide that you clicked when you want to go back, simply click anywhere on the slide (or use the directional keys on the keypad) and PowerPoint will zoom back out.

Format Your “Summary Zoom” Slide

Once you have created your summary zoom slide by following the above steps you can format the slide to some degree. Here are some of the things you can do to format the summary slide:

Change the size of the slide tiles – you can resize the slide title much like you would resize any other object in PowerPoint. Simply click on the slide tile you want to resize and then change the size of the tile with your mouse.

Change the outline color and width – you can change both the outline color and width of each slide tile that is on your summary zoom slide.

Add text to the summary slide – if you like, you can add text to the summary slide wherever you want by inserting a text box like you normally would on any other slide.


Presentation design is all about making your design compliment your content.

Using these design tools will take you one step closer to building the perfect slides and engaging your audience as effectively as possible.

So, here’s my question to you:

After reading this article can you see how even something as subtle as font design or the way you present a screenshot can grab someone’s attention? How do you think you can utilize apps such as Skitch or Place It to make an out-of-the-box impact on your next presentation? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about these presentation design tips? If so, email them the link to this post.

Thanks for reading and be sure to share this article if you enjoyed it (by using the sharing buttons to the left).

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