When working in slide presentations, I take a very iterative aproach to first slapping down (sometimes hundreds of) slides with just titles and a couple of notes on it in a kind of stream-of-consciousness style of working. Then, as I begin to iterate I am frequently using the slide sorter view to reorganize and regroup things.
It has always bothered me that the Powerpoint slide sorter view could not zoom bigger than 100% because the slides are not totally readable at that size and it makes the sorting task more complicated.
I wanted to pass on a tip that I found Googling around recently, which allowed me to break past the 100% zoom barrier. As usual, the solution came from someone who though to approach the problem from a different angle.
Let’s say you start with your slide sorter view that looks like this (I’ve had to shrink the image, but trust me that the fonts were still not readable when snapped at the full size of my 24″ monitor):
After doing this, the slide sorter view shows you your slides 1.5 times bigger than before, even though the zoom factor is still 100%. While again this thumbnail is shrunken to fit better on my blog, after doing this trick I am able to easily read each slide while sorting.
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