How to zoom in on your screen!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Jorey3969, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Jorey3969 macrumors member

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    I dont know if this is something everyone knows but I thought it is pretty cool, 1. press the command and option key and the asteris (key 8) (to enable the feature) 2. hold command and option and press +, or - to zoom in and out.
     
  2. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this is pretty widely known, but still a good tip. Can come in handy. Also, CMD-OPT-CTRL-8 inverts colors. Just don't give yourself a seizure.
     
  3. rehlers macrumors member

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    wow that is neat, i didn't know about that, thanks!
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    I think this might come in handy if you're ever watching 4:3 letterboxed DVDs where you end up with a huge black border all the way around the picture. Just a thought.
     
  5. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    I totally read that as "how to zoom in on your screen name", read the whole thread, and then realized that I am a total and complete moron.
     
  6. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    Oops, I posted in the wrong topic, damn you tabbed browsing!

    Anyways, it's doens't work for me...
    I got 10.3.9
     
  7. Shamus macrumors 6502a

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    errr....so do i.....and it works fine.

    totally AWESOME tip. thanks! :)
     
  8. mrwildguitar macrumors regular

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    Never knew about this. Thanks for the great tip!
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You may first need to go to System Preferences -> Universal Access and check the box for "Enable access for assistive devices" at the bottom.
     
  10. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    thats pretty sweet. I need to go find winter mute's 'tar now so I can find out whats really hidden inside that skull!
     
  11. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It can do a nice job of filling up the screen, but you end up with resampling on top of resampling so it looks a little muddy :(
     
  12. amacgenius macrumors 68000

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  13. Cre8inator macrumors newbie

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    On which platform did this feature originate?

    Windows can now do this as well. What I wanna know is, which platform first added this feature? Windows or Mac OS?
     
  14. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    For me, holding "control" while spinning the scroll wheel on my mouse does it as well. It always has, so I don't know if that's a default.

    EDIT: Like ethical below me, I also didn't see that this was a 4-year-old thread...whoops!
     
  15. ethical macrumors 68000

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    Or you could just hold down ctrl and scroll in and out.

    EDIT: Didnt realise this thread was up from the grave! And the guy above me posted the ctrl method aready. Sorry.
     
  16. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    This is one of my fav features of OS X. SO useful!
     
  17. spinnerlys Guest

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    According to my experience, Mac OS X 10.4.8.
     
  18. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    If this is so, how are people with 10.3.9 using it?
     
  19. spinnerlys Guest

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    They had special hacks, like the Screen Spanning Doctor. :p

    I use Mac OS X since 10.3.x and just found an article that with 10.4.8 Screen Zoom was introduced and since my use of Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 is quite awhile in the past, I just went with that article.

    Last year I worked on a 10.2.6 machine, but don't remember if it was capable of screen zooming.
     
  20. ritaszabo77 macrumors newbie

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    How very useful!

    This was the most useful post I read in ages. Not because I did not know about screen zooming, but because I knew I can zoom in the screen while holding down the ctrl key and moving the trackball up just like you were scrolling on a screen. I need to confess I was zooming in Michael Phelps' swimming pants because there was a question about what was tattooed on him. I could not find the answer, but the trackball in my mouse gave up and I could not scroll back down. So there I was with a huge arrow filling up half of my iMac's screen, and not able to scroll back to normal. :mad: Then I went to google screen zoom on my phone and your post was the first answer I got. And what's the best in the whole thing: you were describing an alternative solution to screen zooming, just what I was looking for!!! So, again, thanks so much! I'll remember it forever.
     

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