Want to zoom in very close to something on your Mac? Or maybe you are looking to back off for a broader view? Either way, we’ve got your back.If you want to be able to zoom in and out on your Mac, whether it’s the entire screen or just a specific window, you have several options to choose from.
1. Maximize a single window using keyboard shortcuts
If you are looking to zoom in or out exclusively a specific window, web page, or app, one of the most common ways to do this is to use the handy keyboard shortcuts below.
- Zoom Out: Command + –
- Zoom in: Command ++
You can continue to press the – or + keys while holding down the Command key until you have zoomed in to your liking. Come on, try it.
2. Maximize a single window using trackpad gestures
If you’re using a laptop with a trackpad, you’ve got another great single-window zoom option at your fingertips. Just place two fingers on the trackpad and pinch them together to zoom out or move them apart to zoom in. Is not it fantastic?
Magnify the entire screen
Sometimes you are trying to enlarge or reduce the entire Mac screen, and that’s doable too.
To access the full screen zoom options, you must first click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”, then “Accessibility”, marked with a blue circle icon with a stick figure inside.
Click “Accessibility” and then click “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 the recently opened window, lets you use keyboard shortcuts to turn zoom, zoom in, and zoom out on or off. After checking the box next to “Use keyboard shortcuts for zooming”, you will be able to use these shortcuts:
- Toggle zoom: Option + Command + 8
- Maximize: Option + Command + =
- Zoom Out: Option + Command + –
You can also toggle smooth images using Command + Command + \, which allows you to adjust the smoothness of the image on the screen after zooming.
4. Using the swipe gesture with modifier keys to zoom in and out
The second full-screen zoom option is to use the swipe gesture with modifier keys. Selecting this option will allow you to hold down the key of your choice – Control, Option, or Command – as you scroll to zoom in. You can select your favorite key in the drop-down menu, as shown below.
The “Zoom Style” drop-down menu below that allows you to change the way the screen zooms. You can choose between full screen, split screen or image-in-image zoom.
You can also click on the “Choose Screen” and “Advanced…” boxes to further customize the look and zoom controls.
5. Enable hover text for zoom
If you have a Mac that’s no more than 10 years old (like mine), you also have a couple of other zoom options to work with.
One of these options is to enable hover text zoom. Selecting this option will show you a larger, higher resolution image of the text the cursor is hovering over, as long as you are holding down the “Command” key at the same time. You can click “Options” to adjust the appearance of the text.
6. Enabling the zoom of the Touch Bar
One last option is only for Macs with the Touch Bar. You can select “Enable Touch Bar Zoom” which will make the Touch Bar larger and easier to see at the bottom of the screen. All you have to do is test it is tap and hold the Touch Bar.
Good zoom at all.