Office hacks: zoom positioning to create cool interactive effects

Zoom Positioning is a new feature added to PowerPoint 365/2019, which is not only a super cool animation effect, but also simplifies special interactions that can only be achieved through tedious steps in older versions. In this article, we will take a deeper look into the various applications of zoom positioning through three cases.

● Quickly create a partial zoom

In the early version of PowerPoint, to achieve click a small picture to enlarge to the full screen and then return to the initial interface, you need to use hyperlinks, custom animations several times. And zoom positioning can quickly achieve local click to zoom in, and then click to zoom out to return, and the animation effect is more natural and smooth.

First, insert the images into the page separately. If there are more pictures, you can use the “Album” function to insert pictures quickly. Click “Insert → Album → New Album” in turn, in the pop-up dialog box, click the “File / Disk” button to select the required picture, in the “picture layout” under the choice of “to adapt to the slide size”, and finally click the “Create” button to insert the picture (Figure 1).


Then, create a new blank slide at the top of all pages. Click “Insert → Zoom Positioning → Summary Zoom Positioning” in turn, in the pop-up dialog box, select all the pages containing pictures, click the “Insert” button, add a thumbnail image in the first page (Figure 2).


Next, switch to the page where the thumbnail is located, select the thumbnail, switch to the “Format” tab, click the “Zoom Position Background” button to remove the background of the image page and make the background of the thumbnail transparent (Figure 3); in the “Zoom Positioning Style” option, add borders, shadows, softened edges and other effects to the thumbnail in “Zoom Positioning Border” and “Zoom Positioning Effect”, and modify the zoom animation in “Duration”. Duration” to modify the playing time of the zoom animation.


Finally, play the slideshow, click the thumbnail will switch to the large image, click the large image will return to the thumbnail page. Note: After clicking the last thumbnail to switch to the corresponding large image, clicking the large image will not return to the thumbnail page, but will continue to play the slideshow backward.

● Create a dynamic interactive catalog

The effect of switching between directories made with regular hyperlinks or action commands is rather bland, and adding or deleting pages may cause errors on linked pages, while directories made with “zoom positioning” do not have these problems. Let’s create a dynamic interactive directory.

First, insert a table of contents page after the cover. Add a section to the slide in the left window. For example, if slide 3 is the beginning of chapter 1, right-click on the blank space of slides 2 and 3 and select “Add Section” (Figure 4) and enter the chapter name to add a new section. Use the same method to add new sections in chapter 2, chapter 3, and chapter 4.



Then, return to the Table of Contents page, switch to the “Insert” tab, click “Zoom Positioning”, select “Section Zoom Positioning” pop-up dialog box, select the manually added chapters (Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 ……), click the “Insert” button to add the first page thumbnails of each chapter to the table of contents page (Figure 5).

Next, select the chapter image, switch to the “Format” tab, click the “Change Image” button, replace the thumbnail with another image, for example, use a more clear chapter 1, chapter 2, etc., and you can add the title of the chapter’s content at the end, in The duration of the zoom animation can be modified in “Duration” (Figure 6). After showing the slide to the Table of Contents page, clicking on the chapter image will zoom to switch to the corresponding chapter.


The “section zoom positioning” animation is to position to the first PPT of the section and to continue to browse the following PPTs until the last slide of the section is played, which will return to the initial position again.

● Clever implementation of infinite loop

I believe many of you have heard the circular story “Once upon a time there was a mountain, and in the mountain there was a temple, and in the temple there was an old monk who told the young monk the story: Once upon a time there was a mountain ……”. This infinite loop story can be interpreted by zooming and positioning.

Create a new slide, add three blank slides, and then insert the mountain, temple and monk pictures in it, do not reverse the order (Figure 7). Note: Here the temple and monk pictures, preferably in PNG format, so that the white background of the picture can be transparent and can be better integrated with the mountain.


Zoom positioning is achieved by dragging and dropping the pages. Click page 1, drag and drop page 2 (the page where the temple picture is located) to page 1 (the page where the mountain picture is located), that is, drag and drop page 2 on the left to page 1 on the right (Figure 8). Select the temple picture, switch to the “Format” tab, click the “Zoom Position Background” button to remove the white background of the original page.


Using the above method, then drag and drop the left page 3 to the right page 2, drag and drop the left page 1 to the right page 3, the thumbnail in page 3 select “Zoom Positioning Style” in the “prismatic oval black”, and the “Zoom Positioning Border” is modified to a thin line, forming the visual effect of the old monk telling a story (Figure 9).

Switch to the “Slide Show” option, click the “Start from the beginning” button, play the slide show, click the temple picture will show the monk, click the monk picture will show the mountain, click the mountain picture will show the temple … …and so on and so forth. We can also add a page that does not join the loop at the end, and then add an action button in each loop page, linked to the last page, so that clicking the button can jump out of the infinite loop at any time.

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