PowerPoint: How To Zoom With Your Mouse

We recommend that all heavy users of PowerPoint learn the short cut keys. These speed up your work considerably as you don’t need to take your hands off the keyboard to then find the command that you want before resettling your hands.

As ever learning the most useful 4 or 5 will save you the lion’s share of the time. Shortcut keys are covered during our PowerPoint training courses.

Here is a quick tip on how to Zoom using your Mouse in PowerPoint.


Zooming With The Mouse In PowerPoint

Here you can see my screen with the PowerPoint slideshow. However I want to focus more on the title while I enter some text for my front page.


Screenshot of the original slide


All you need to do is either click on your slide to Zoom into the whole slide, or you can click on specific objects or text to Zoom into.

Then hold the ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard and use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in or out.


Screnshot showing the page after beeing zoomed in on


As you can see now the screen is dramatically zoomed in and much easier to read.

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Zooming With The ToolBar

You can also zoom in using the ToolBar. At the bottom of your screen you will see the following options.

Screenshot highlighting the Zoom slider in the tool bar

Here you can adjust the slider highlighted to zoom without using your keyboard at all!

If you want to learn more about PowerPoint try our other basic guides such as how to print slides in different views!

About Ben Richardson

Ben is a director of Acuity Training which he has been running for over 10 years.

He is a Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and a qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

He previously worked as a venture capitalist and banker and so had extensive experience with Excel from building financial models before moving to learn SQL, Microsoft Power BI and other technologies more recently.