How to zoom in and out on a Mac

Want to zoom in really close on something on your Mac? Or maybe you are looking to retire for a wider view? Either way, we support you.

If you want to be able to zoom in and out on your Mac, whether it’s all over your screen or just in a specific window, there are a few options to choose from.

1. Zoom in on a single window using keyboard shortcuts

If you are looking to zoom in or out only in a specific window, webpage, or application, one of the most popular ways to do this is by using the helpful keyboard shortcuts below.

  • Zoom out: Command + –

  • Enlarge: Command + +

You can continue to press the – or + keys while holding down the Command key until you have zoomed in to your liking. Go ahead, try it.

2. Zoom in on a single window using trackpad gestures

If you’re using a laptop with a trackpad, you’ve got another great single-window zoom option right at your fingertips. Simply place two fingers on your trackpad and pinch them together to zoom out or spread them apart to zoom in. Isn’t that cool?

Zoom on your entire screen

Sometimes you want to zoom in or out on your all Mac screen, and that’s also doable.

To access the full screen zoom options, you must first click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences,” then “Accessibility,” which is marked by a blue circle icon with a stick figure inside.

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Click on “Accessibility” then on “Zoom” on the left side of the window that opens.

3. Using keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out

The first full screen zoom option, which you’ll see at the top of your recently opened window, lets you use keyboard shortcuts to switch between zooming, zooming in and zooming out. Once you have checked the box “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom”, you can use these shortcuts:

  • Toggle zoom: Option + Command + 8

  • Enlarge: Option + Command + =

  • Zoom out: Option + Command + –

You can also switch between smooth images using Command + Command + , which allows you to adjust the smoothness of the image on your screen after zooming.

Zoom in, zoom in, zoom in.

Zoom in, zoom in, zoom in.

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4. Using the scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom in and out

The second option to zoom to the whole screen is to use the scroll gesture with the modifier keys. Selecting this option will allow you to hold down any key you want – Control, Option, or Command – while scrolling with your cursor to zoom. You can select your preferred key from the drop-down menu as shown below.

How to zoom in and out on a Mac

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The “Zoom Style” drop-down menu below that allows you to change the way the screen zooms in. You can choose between full screen, split screen or picture-in-picture zoom.

You can also click the “Choose view” and “Advanced …” boxes to further customize the appearance and zoom controls.

5. Activate hover text to zoom

If you have a Mac that’s no older than 10 years old (like mine), you also have a few other zoom options to work with.

One of these options is to enable the zoom on the rollover text. Selecting this option will show you a larger, higher resolution image of the text your cursor is hovering over, as long as you simultaneously hold down the “Command” key. You can click “Options” to adjust how the text will appear.

How to zoom in and out on a Mac

Image: screenshot / apple

6. Activate the touch bar zoom

A final option is only for Macs with Touch Bars. You can select “Enable Touch Bar Zoom”, which will make the Touch Bar larger and easier to see at the bottom of your screen. All you have to do is test it is touch and hold the Touch Bar.

Good zoom everyone.

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