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How to Zoom In & Zoom Out in Google Slides (Quick Trick)

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If you’re new to Google Slides, one important feature is Zoom in Google Slides. Zooming in on Google Slides and Zooming out on Google Slides works different than most presentation software. 

Bussels Google Slides Template is from Envato Elements.Bussels Google Slides Template is from Envato Elements.Bussels Google Slides Template is from Envato Elements.
Bussels Google Slides Template is from Envato Elements.

In this article, you’ll learn how to Zoom in on Google Slides and how to Zoom out on Google Slides. We'll provide step-by-step instructions and answer some common questions about Google Slides.

Featured in this article is a list of premium presentation templates from Envato Elements. Plus, if you've got any questions about Google Slides check this article's frequently asked questions section.

How to Zoom In & Zoom Out in Google Slides

You can use three methods to Zoom in on Google Slides and Zoom out on Google Slides. Keep reading to decide which method works best for you.

For this tutorial, the template we used is the Osaka Business Google Slides template. But you can follow along with any template. 

Osaka Business Google Presentation is a premium template from Envato Elements.Osaka Business Google Presentation is a premium template from Envato Elements.Osaka Business Google Presentation is a premium template from Envato Elements.
Osaka Business Google Presentation is a premium template from Envato Elements.

Slide three is used in this tutorial. Here's what slide three looks like with no edits.

Slide three of the premium template Osaka Business Google Slides.Slide three of the premium template Osaka Business Google Slides.Slide three of the premium template Osaka Business Google Slides.
Slide three of the premium template Osaka Business Google Slides.

Method One

The first method is using the View menu to zoom in on Google Slides and zoom out on Google Slides: 

1.  View Menu

To start with this first method, click on View in the Menu BarTo start with this first method, click on View in the Menu BarTo start with this first method, click on View in the Menu Bar
To start with this first method, click on View in the menu bar

To start with this first method, click on View in the menu bar. This is on the top right and the third option from the left. The View option is in between Edit and Insert in the menu bar.

2.  Zoom Option

Click on Zoom from the dropdown menu.Click on Zoom from the dropdown menu.Click on Zoom from the dropdown menu.
Click on Zoom from the drop-down menu.

Click on View. When you click on View, a menu drops down. Next, click on the Zoom option from the drop-down menu. The Zoom option is the fifth option from the top of the drop-down menu. 

3. Click Zoom In or Zoom Out

Choose the Zoom in or the Zoom out option from the menu.Choose the Zoom in or the Zoom out option from the menu.Choose the Zoom in or the Zoom out option from the menu.
Choose the Zoom in or the Zoom out option from the menu.

After you click Zoom from the drop-down menu, another drop-down menu appears. The last two options on this menu are Zoom in and Zoom out. Choose the appropriate option for the slides you're working on.

Method Two

If you need to zoom in or out on Google Slides more than once, then you’ll need to repeat the steps below.  So, if you do need zoom in and zoom out on Google slides more than once, this method might not be the method for you. 

1.  Locate Zoom Button

Find the Zoom button in the toolbar. Find the Zoom button in the toolbar. Find the Zoom button in the toolbar.
Find the Zoom button in the toolbar.

Find the Zoom button on the toolbar. The Zoom button is the sixth option from the left in the toolbar menu. The Zoom button looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign in it.

2. Click on Small Arrow

Click on the small arrow next to the Zoom button.Click on the small arrow next to the Zoom button.Click on the small arrow next to the Zoom button.
Click on the small arrow next to the Zoom button.

Next to the Zoom button is a small arrow. When you click on this small arrow, a menu  drops down. 

3. Choose Zoom in Or Zoom Out

Go to the bottom of the menu. The last two options are Zoom in and Zoom out. Choose the best option for you.

Choose Zoom in or Zoom out from the dropdown menu.Choose Zoom in or Zoom out from the dropdown menu.Choose Zoom in or Zoom out from the dropdown menu.
Choose Zoom in or Zoom out from the drop-down menu.

4. Click on the Zoom Button

The Zoom button looks like a magnifying glass.The Zoom button looks like a magnifying glass.The Zoom button looks like a magnifying glass.
The Zoom button looks like a magnifying glass.

If you want to Zoom in on Google slides quickly, click on the Zoom button that looks like a magnifying glass. When you click on the Zoom button, you’ll notice that the button has turned yellow, and your curser turned into a magnifying glass. This means that the Zoom button has been selected.

Once you've selected this option and your cursor is a magnifying glass, you won’t be able to use the cursor for anything other than zoom. All you’ll be able to do is zoom in further on your slide.
To turn off the Zoom in cursor click on the Select button.To turn off the Zoom in cursor click on the Select button.To turn off the Zoom in cursor click on the Select button.
To turn off the Zoom in cursor click on the Select button.

To turn .the Zoom feature off, tap the Delete or ESC button on your keyboard.

Another way to turn this function off is to click on the Select button that's next to the Zoom button in the toolbar. The Select button looks like a cursor.

You can't zoom out on Google Slides by clicking on the Zoom button. You can only zoom in on Google Slides with this tool.

Method 3

If you like to use shortcuts, then this next method is for you. 

  • For Windows users, press Control, Alt, and + button at the same time; this causes you to zoom in on Google Slides.  To zoom out on Google Slides, you press the Control, Alt, and – at the same time on your keyboard. 
  • For Mac OS users to zoom in on Google Slides, press Command, Option, and + keys together on your keyboard. To zoom out on Google Slides, press Command, Option, and keys together on your keyboard. 

This last method is the fastest way to Zoom in on Google Slides and Zoom out on Google Slides. 

Find a Great Google Slides Template on Envato Elements

For professional presentation template that stands out, try a template from Envato Elements. It's got Google Slides templates designed by professionals. Using a template saves you the time it would take to create a presentation from scratch. Just download the template, add your information, and make any customizations. 

Envato Elements is a subscription service where you pay a low monthly fee. Once you become a subscriber, you get unlimited downloads. Of course, templates aren’t the only digital assets you’ll have access to. You’ll get unlimited downloads of audio, fonts, images, and much more.

Envato Elements has thousands of Google Slides templates.Envato Elements has thousands of Google Slides templates.Envato Elements has thousands of Google Slides templates.
Envato Elements has thousands of Google Slides templates.

You can use the Google Slides Zoom feature with any presentation template. Here are some great choices from Envato Elements:

1.  Oriola

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Oriola Google Slides template has a minimal design that's great if you’re looking for a simple and professional template design. Plus, this template comes with 50 unique slides for you to add your information on. Another great feature of this template is that it comes with picture placeholders and icons. 

2. Tive

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Tive Google Slides template is a creative template. So, if you’re looking for a stylish template that'll show off your creative side, this template is for you. Here are some features of this template:

  • comes with over 30 slides
  • has a minimal and creative design
  • comes with editable icons 

Everything in this template can be edited if you need to make changes.

3. Vigo

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Vigo is a multipurpose Google Slides template that can be used for any purpose you need it for. This template comes with over 500 vector line icons and device mockups for a phone, tablet, watch, and notebook. Also, Vigo also comes with over 110 unique slides that you can use to present your information on. Everything in this template is completely editable.

4. Salvoka

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Salvoka is a business Google Slides template that's got a contemporary design. Here are some features of this template:

  • a total of 39 slides
  • a 16:9 ratio format
  • picture placeholders

This template is a good option if you're looking for a business template with lots of color in the design.

5. Traveland

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Traveland is a business Google Slides template that's got a colorful modern design. This template comes with bar graphs, timelines, charts, device mockups, and maps. These are great if you need to add a data visualization element to your presentation. Plus, Traveland comes with three color schemes that you can choose from. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Google Slides

Whether you’ve used Google Slides before or have never used Google Slides, you may have questions. Here are five common Google Slides questions and answers:

1. Can I Use a Template for Google Slides?

Yes. Using a template is the easiest way to get a professional-looking presentation without taking the time to create one from scratch.

Envato Elements and Graphic River both have templates that you can use in Google Slides. All you need to do is download the template, add your information, and make any customizations. Learn more in the tutorial below:

2. Can I Download My Slides Presentation as a PDF?

Saving your Google Slides presentation as a PDF can help you share your presentation easily with others.

To save your presentation as a PDF, click on File in the menu bar. When you click on File button, select Download from the drop-down menu. Another drop-down menu appears. Click on the PDF Document (.pdf) option.

3. Can I Use my Microsoft PowerPoint Template in Google Slides?

You can, but you must open your presentation in Google Drive first.

To do this, click on the New + button. When you click on this button, a menu drops down. Next, select the file upload option. Then select the file.

A pop-up window displays in the bottom right of the corner. Click on the name of your file. to open the PowerPoint file in Google Slide. Study the tutorial below to find out more about using PPT files in Google Slides:

4. Can I Insert Images Directly From Google Images on my Slide?

Yes. To do this, click on Insert in the menu bar. When you click on Insert, a menu drops down; the first option in that menu is Image. Select this option.

When you've selected the Image option from the drop-down menu, another drop-down menu appears. The second option from the top of the drop-down menu is the Search the Web option. When you click on Search the Web, a sidebar appears on the right of your window.

Type in the search bar the file name of the image you’re looking for and double-click the image to add it to your slide.

5. Can Insert Diagrams Onto My Slide?

Diagrams can be helpful to show data or facts that you want to compare.

To add a diagram to your slide, click on Insert in the menu bar. When you click on Insert, a drop-down menu appears. Next, click on the Diagram option from the drop-down menu. When you click on the Diagram option, a sidebar appears on right side of your window allowing you to choose which diagram is best to add to your presentation. 

More Google Slides Templates 

If you didn’t see a template that worked for your project or that you liked, Envato Elements and GraphicRiver both have thousands of premium templates that you can use. These articles feature Google Slides templates: 

Download a Google Slides Template today!

You just learned how to zoom in on Google Slides and how to zoom out on Google slides. The Zoom feature is a useful tool that you can use to edit the details of your slide.

Use a Google Slides template in your next presentation . Envato Elements has thousands of premium templates that you can choose for your project. All you need to do is become a subscriber. Sign up to Envato Elements today for unlimited downloads! GraphicRiver is a pay as you go service where you can buy premium presentation templates, audio, images, and more.  

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