How to Zoom In and Out on a Mac (4 ways)

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Apple offers you a wide variety of accessibility features on macOS as well as iOS to boost productivity. Ever given a thought to how to zoom on Mac? Well, yes, you can easily zoom in on Mac and Zoom out on Mac by using the accessibility feature available on macOS.

So, whether you need to zoom in on a particular image or video, magnify the reading content on a website, read fine print text, or be it anything, you can zoom in on Mac by using a bunch of accessibility shortcuts.

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In this post, we have listed 4 unique ways that you can use to zoom on Mac using keyboard shortcuts, trackpad, mouse, or by simply hovering over the text. Let’s discuss each of these 4 different methods in detail.

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How to Zoom In and Zoom Out on Mac?

You can use any of the below-listed methods to zoom on Mac.

#1 Using Keyboard Shortcuts

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To zoom in and out on Mac with the help of keyboard shortcuts, you simply need to press the Command and +, – key combination. To zoom in on Mac, press the Command and + (Plus)  key combination, and to zoom out use the Command and -(minus) key combination.

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You can even access Mac’s Accessibility Settings to use keyboard shortcuts to zoom on Mac. Here’s what you need to do:

Tap the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar, select “System Preferences”.

Select Accessibility. In the Accessibility Settings, switch to the “Zoom” section from the left menu pane.

Check on the “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” option.

To zoom in you need to press the Option + Command + Plus key combination. To zoom out on Mac, press the Option + Command + Minus key combination. To toggle between the two keyboard shortcuts, press the Option + Command + 8 key combination.

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#2 Using Mac’s Trackpad

Yes, you heard that right. You can even use your Mac’s trackpad to zoom on Mac.

To do so, simply pinch two fingers on the trackpad in the desired direction to zoom in or out on Mac. Doing so will allow you to zoom in/out on Mac within a single window.

Although, to enable touch bar zoom for the entire Mac screen, follow these quick steps:

Tap the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar, select “System Preferences”. Head over to Accessibility> Zoom.

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Check on the “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” option. Select the drop-down menu, pick the modifier key and then save your settings.

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#3 Using the Mouse

To Zoom on Mac using the Mouse, follow these quick steps:

Tap the Apple icon> System Preferences> Accessibility> Zoom.

Check on the “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” option and then select either the Command, Control, or Option key from the drop-down list.

Press the select modifier key and then scroll in the upwards direction using your mouse to zoom in. To zoom out, press the modifier key and scroll downwards.

How to Zoom In and Zoom Out Using the Apple Magic Mouse?

If you own an Apple Magic Mouse, you can use the “Smart Zoom” feature to zoom on Mac. Here’s what you need to do:

Tap the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar, select “System Preferences”. Tap on “Mouse”.

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Switch to the “Scroll and Zoom” tab. Check on the “Smart Zoom” option.

To zoom in or zoom out simply double-tap with one finger on the Magic Mouse. And that’s it!

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#4 Enable Hover Text

You can also magnify your Mac’s screen by enabling the “Hover Text” feature on macOS. You can find this feature in the Accessibility Settings.

Navigate to Apple icon> System Preferences> Accessibility> Zoom.

Check on the “Enable Hover Text” option.

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Now to enlarge any text, simply press the Command Key and the text under the pointer will be magnified.

Conclusion

So, folks here were a handful of ways that you can use to zoom on Mac using keyboard shortcuts, trackpad, mouse, and by enabling the hover text feature. You can use any of the above-listed methods to zoom in or zoom out on Mac.

For any other queries or assistance, feel free to use the comments section!

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