While most browsers offer functions to increase the size of the image and text, it is often easier to use the native Zoom function in your operating system that works with everything, no matter what you are doing. Mac computers have this ability, and if you don’t already know it here we will show you how to zoom on Mac customizing and controlling that feature.
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Keyboard shortcuts for zooming
If Zoom is already enabled on your computer and you’re ready to go, these are the Quick keyboard shortcuts to learn (if keyboard shortcuts and zoom are not turned on, go to the zoom panel section for more information). With a little practice, you can instantly turn zoom on and off while working on your Mac.
Option-Command-8: This combination enables or disables the zoom function. It’s a handy way to check if you’re not sure you have it activated.
Option-Command-Plus Sign (+): the equals sign version is the way to zoom in on your Mac. Use this post to zoom.
Option-Command-Minus (-)– Shrink the image with this feature when you’re done or when you want to browse faster.
Follow keyboard focus: Although this option does not have a pre-designated key command, you can assign one if you wish. If you’ve never used keyboard focus before, it basically shows which item is currently highlighted by the keyboard (get more information on how this helps accessibility here).
Note– It is important to find an updated version of the keyboard zoom commands, because they have been known to change occasionally.
It’s a good idea to visit the Zoom settings panel on your Mac to make sure all the settings are correct, even if you can use keyboard shortcuts. Modify or add features and generally improve functionality based on your needs with these controls, as well as fix any issues that don’t work. Here’s how to access them.
Step 1: opens System preferences from the Dock or by clicking on the Apple menu, then System Preferences. From there, choose Accessibility.
Step 2– In the Accessibility window, you will see a list of settings panels on the left side that you can choose from. Find the Zoom panel (it should be at the top) and select it.
Step 3– The window will now display various zoom functions that you can enable or disable by checking them. Enable Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom and any other option that you consider useful.
Step 4: pay close attention to the drop-down menu Zoom style. Here you choose between full screen, split screen or picture-in-picture zoom. For large screens in particular, picture-in-picture may have more advantages for navigation, but you can switch between the three to see which one you like best.
The buttons Advanced and Choices on the right they will give you more options to click and try. These are all good things to adjust as needed.
If you own a Mac that still has the Touch Bar, yes, that OLED touch bar with illuminated icons that change depending on the software you are using. It’s a hit or miss addition, but it’s useful for accessibility options. Here’s how to Zoom with the Touch Bar.
Step 1– Visit the Zoom settings panels as described in the previous section. If your Mac computer has a Touch Bar, you should see a new checkbox to enable Touch Bar zoom. Make sure it’s selected.
Step 2– Touch and drag a finger on the Touch Bar until the enlarged version appears on your screen for easier control. If the icons aren’t big enough yet, press the Command key and “pinch” and expand the touch bar on the screen with your thumb and finger. This should enlarge the touch bar.
Step 3: While sliding your finger on the Touch Bar, quickly tap with a second finger. This will synthesize a touch where your first finger is. By holding down the second finger and dragging both, you can synthesize a touch and drag motion based on where the first finger is placed.
Step 4– By touching and holding a finger on the Touch Bar, you can enable Direct Touch mode, which allows you to interact directly with the Touch Bar item under your finger.