avatarby A.J. HartlessMarch 13, 20170 comments

How to Zoom In and Out on Mac

Navigating through the Mac OS software and interface is designed to be a seamless, fluid experience. It is designed to suite professionals and everyday users alike. Whether you’re browsing the web, looking at photos, or finding directions to a new restaurant, a function you’re sure to need to use is zoom. Like other commands in Mac, it’s incredibly simple, but it can vary depending on what you are doing at the time. Let’s take a look at how to zoom in and out on a Mac in various scenarios.

Browsing the Web in Safari (and other browsers)

If you need to get a closer look at some small text on a web page, or make typing in Google Docs a bit easier on the eyes, zooming in and out in a browser is simple with these few options:

  • Keyboard shortcuts – to zoom in, hold the command key and hit the plus symbol (⌘+). To perform the opposite, hold the command key and hit the minus symbol (⌘ –).
  • Pinch the touchpad – this one is self explanatory.
  • Use the menu – select the “View” menu at the top of the screen and select either “Zoom In” or “Zoom Out”.

In Apple Maps

Maybe you have a dinner at a new restaurant to get to, or are meeting your friend at their house. Either way, chances are you’re going to need to zoom in and out if you’re using Apple Maps. Here, you accomplish it the same as in Safari.

  • Zoom in with (⌘+), zoom out with (⌘ –).
  • Pinch the touchpad.
  • Use the menu.
  • Additionally, you can use the plus and minus buttons in the bottom right corner of the window.

In Apple Photos

Apple has done an excellent job with their entire Photos ecosystem when it comes to quickly searching through your photos. If you need to jump back to a specific time frame you can do so by zooming out and scrolling back through time. Again this functionality is similar to Maps and Safari.

  • Zoom in with (⌘+), zoom out with (⌘ –). This does not work in the import view.
  • Pinch the touchpad.
  • Use the menu.

System-wide in Any Window

There have been countless times when I’ve needed to quickly get an enlarged view of my screen. Showing a co-worker something from a distance, get a closer look of small text, or zooming in to someone’s terrible photo. There are some hidden zoom features in Mac OS’ Accessibility Menu that make this quick and easy. Here’s how to access them.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click “Accessibility”.
  3. Click “Zoom” in the left-had rail.

From here, you can find system-wide keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out no matter where you are. My favorite, you can select a “hot key” that you can hold down while scrolling with the track pad to zoom in and out.

How to Zoom On Mac

Have any other tricks when it comes to zooming in and out, let us know in the comments below!