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Using Microsoft ZoomIt to Improve Presentations

By Asif Rehmani
Updated December 7, 2023
Improve presentations with Microsoft ZoomIt

Have you ever delivered a presentation with static slides, only to see the audience drifting off? Maybe you wished you could add some dynamic elements to engage your listeners and make your points stick? Microsoft ZoomIt is a powerful tool that can transform your presentations from boring to brilliant.

This is a tool we've personally gotten a lot of mileage out of over the years. We've actually had conference attendees come up to us and ask how we were drawing on the screen so fluidly.

Let's take a closer look at what it is and how to use it to transform your presentations:

What is ZoomIt?

ZoomIt is a free, lightweight tool developed by Microsoft Sysinternals that can level up your presentations. Here are some of the ways it can do that:

  • Zoom in seamlessly: Magnify specific details of your screen to highlight key points and focus your audience's attention.
  • Draw on the fly: Add annotations, arrows, highlights, and text boxes to emphasize important information and enhance your explanations.
  • Record your screen: Capture your live demonstrations and annotated presentations for future reference, training purposes, or sharing with others.
  • Customize hotkeys: Configure personalized keyboard shortcuts for quicker and smoother control during your presentations.
  • Minimal system resources: It runs unobtrusively in the background without impacting your presentation's performance.

Why Use ZoomIt?

Here are just a few reasons why ZoomIt is a presenter's best friend:

  • Increased engagement: Studies show that interactive presentations lead to higher audience engagement. It helps you create a dynamic and interactive experience that keeps your listeners glued to their seats.
  • Enhanced clarity: Zooming in on specific areas removes distractions and ensures your audience clearly understands your message.
  • Improved recall: Annotations and visual cues serve as powerful memory aids, allowing your viewers to remember key points more effectively.
  • Professional presentation: It adds a polished and professional touch to your presentations, leaving a lasting impression on your audience.

Getting Started with ZoomIt

Here's how you can start using ZoomIt in your presentations:

  • Download and install: The tool is free and available for download from the official Microsoft Sysinternals website.
  • Launch: The tool runs in the background and can be accessed through the system tray icon.
  • Customize hotkeys: Configure hotkeys for zooming, drawing, and other functions for a more efficient workflow.

Some of Our Favorite Tips for Using ZoomIt

  • Use it sparingly: Avoid over-zooming, as this can be distracting and detract from your message.
  • Keep it simple: Use clear and concise annotations that are easy to understand.
  • Prepare beforehand: Practice your presentation with it beforehand to ensure smooth execution.
  • Engage with your audience: Use ZoomIt to interact with your audience and encourage questions and participation.

Here's a video we created to give you a visual on this:


We've gotten a lot of mileage out of ZoomIt over the years. It not only increases engagement but also enhances clarity, improves recall, and adds a professional touch to our presentations. It's like having a magic wand for captivating audiences and making information stick. Simple, effective, and way more fun than static slides.

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