How to Zoom in Mac: Today we bring you a tutorial that will help you to configure the zoom on your Mac so that using the mouse, trackpad or keyboard you can zoom a part of the screen at the time you need it. As you know, OSX is an operating system full of small details that when you discover them, it makes the user experience richer.
One of these features comes from the “zoom” function, which we can use in a very easy way. In this case, to be able to use what we have to do is activate it. For this we go to “system preferences” and inside we click on the “accessibility” icon. Once inside accessibility, in the bar on the left we choose the “zoom” section and the following window appears, which is where we are going to configure the option that we are explaining.
As you can see, we have the possibility to configure the key that we must press so that when we scroll with a mouse or move two fingers on the trackpad, we zoom in on the screen. You can also instruct him to smoothen the resulting image and zoom in on the focus of the keyboard.
How to Activate Zoom on Mac:
You are making a presentation and you need to enlarge a part of the screen. You do not see an OS X element well and you want to see it bigger. You want to appreciate a part of an image in detail. In any of those cases, all you need to know is how to zoom on Mac. If it’s what you’re looking for, that’s what I’m going to teach you in this tutorial.
To zoom in Mac do not need any extra because it is one of the features included in the menu Accessibility of OS X. You just have to know where to find it, how to activate it and how to use it. Go for it.
Activating the zoom on Mac is very simple. The only thing you have to do is:
- Open System Preferences
- Select the Accessibility option
- In the column on the left, select the Zoom option
- Activate the Use keyboard quick functions to change the zoom box
With those four steps, you will have activated the zoom on Mac. As the text that accompanies the box you just marked says, now OS X will recognize certain keyboard shortcuts and relate them to zoom activities on your Mac screen.
Keyboard Shortcuts to Zoom on Mac:
The keyboard shortcuts that you must remember every time you work with Mac zoom are only three:
- Command + Option + =: Pressing the key combination Command, Option (or Alt) and equal (or key number 0), you can increase the zoom on the screen of your Mac. OS X will increase the size progressively, so if you click on the number 0 key several times without releasing Command and Option, you will continue with the extension.
- Command + Option + -: The combination of keys Command, Option and the key of the sign – achieves the opposite effect, that is to zoom out progressively on the Mac.
- Command + Option + 8: A shortcut that does not use everything that should be since it is really useful. Its function is to change the display between the screen with zoom or without it.
That is, if you are viewing your screen with some zoom applied and press this combination of keys, you will see the full screen. If you press it again, it will return to the zoom it had. It’s a kind of on / off zoom on Mac.
More Zoom Options on Mac:
Apart from these keyboard shortcuts, the Zoom panel offers other interesting options:
• Use movement gesture with modification keys for zoom: an option that is always active due to its usefulness and speed. Its function is to allow zooming by holding down the key that you indicate in the drop-down that appears next to it (the Control key by default) and moving the wheel of your mouse, the finger over your Magic Mouse or sliding with two fingers on the trackpad of your MacBook.
• Zoom style: By default, it is the full-screen zoom that is active, but we can change the PIP zoom (image inside the image), which will make OS X show a small window in the area where we are zooming, giving the feeling of a magnifying glass effect.
• Image smoothing: so that the enlargement of an image does not cause a pixelated effect too strong.
• The zoom follows the center of attention of the keyboard: with which we will obtain that the zoom follows the cursor of our keyboard.
You can even access a more personal configuration by clicking the More options … button, but I’ll leave that for you to investigate. Enjoy the zoom on Mac!
Learn to manage the zoom in OSX
However, if we look closely, on that same screen we are also allowed to set the zoom using keyboard shortcuts. As you see on this screen, the keyboard would have the following functions:
- Alt + Command + 8: Activate or Deactivate Zoom
- Alt + Command + =: Zoom in
- Alt + Command + -: Reduce Zoom
- Alt + Command + /: Disable or activate image smoothing
How to Zoom in Mac?
With the trackpad on your Mac laptop or gestures on the magic mouse, but with the Zoom accessibility feature, you can zoom in on the entire screen, not just as part of an application. You can do it with keyboard shortcuts or by using the mouse scroll function along with the modifier keys.
How to Enable Keyboard Shortcuts for Accessibility Zoom:
By pressing a series of three keys, all at the same time, you can expand the full screen of your Mac (not just an application window, such as Safari).
- Click on the Apple Menu Button () at the top left of your screen.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click Accessibility
- Click Zoom In the menu on the left.
- Click the checkbox next to Use keyboard shortcuts to expand to enable the feature.
The Shortcuts are:
- Toggle zoom: Alt-Command-8
- Zoom in: Alt-Command- =
- Zoom out: Alt-Command- –
- Alternate smooth images: Alt-Command-
“Soft images” means that when you zoom in too close, the images have softer edges and do not look so pixilated. This is useful if an image has words in it.