Problem with Safari - if I zoom, text boxes don't work properly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sun surfer, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. sun surfer macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2010
    Hi, updated not long ago from a Macbook Pro to a Mac Mini, and with that also went from the previous OS X to the newest one, Mountain Lion.

    There's a big problem with Safari now though. I almost always "zoom in" on web pages. I use the computer with wireless accessories and hooked up to a big monitor, and I sit kind of far away, so it's necessary to zoom in to see lots of things. (by zoom in, I mean where you take your fingers on the trackpad and use two fingers to "spread apart", which makes the web page bigger).

    The problem is that when zoomed in, no text boxes work properly (such as the kind I'm using right this second to type this in the message forum). I can write in them, but whenever I press a key the view always goes to the bottom of the box. At first glance it doesn't sound like a big problem, but it really is. I do quite a bit on web pages where I need to type longer posts in text boxes. With this problem, you can't really read over what you've written and then add or edit anything. You can scroll the text box and move your cursor to where you want to start adding or editing something in the middle of the text, but as soon as you type any key, the view jumps to the end of the box again. The cursor stays where you put it and whatever you type still happens, but you're basically doing it blind since you can't see it.

    One option is to enlarge the box until it fits everything without scrolling in the box, but that's a big hassle for every single time I use a text box (which I often do) and sometimes what I write is long.

    Also, if I "zoom out" smaller to where the web page is "normal" size again, the text boxes then work fine. I can put the cursor anywhere and start typing and the box stays focused where the cursor is. But the way I have things set up, if the page isn't zoomed in bigger then I'm squinting and can barely see it, so that's no solution either.

    Also, text boxes worked fine when zoomed in on Safari in my old Macbook Pro with the older OS X. So it's something to do with either the Mountain Lion OS X or the Mac mini.

    Does anyone know how to fix this? It'd be much appreciated!
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Check your zoom preferences under the Accessibility preference pane.
    Zoom follows keyboard focus?
    More options - When zoomed in, the screen image moves...
  3. sun surfer thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2010
    I just tried that Knoodles and it doesn't work. I also played around with the different settings there and it's none of those.

    This zoom is different than the whole screen zoom accessed through system preferences. This zoom is Safari-only zoom. You can access it by having Safari open, having your cursor inside the Safari web browser on a webpage, then putting your thumb and index finger on the trackpad together and swiping apart. It doesn't zoom in on the entire computer screen, only the web page open in Safari.

    I've checked Safari preferences and don't see anything there either from what I can tell. The zoom worked fine on Safari on my Macbook Pro with the older OS X, so not sure why it's not working properly now.

    One more thing - when the webpage is zoomed in and I'm typing in a text box, if I scroll up the text box and try to type, the text box view jumps back to the end of the text away from where I was trying to type, as I already mentioned. But also, the whole webpage jumps too. Like, I'll have the text box in the middle of the screen, scroll up the box and try to type there, the view of the box will jump to the end, but the whole webpage will jump up higher than the text box, so that the text box is now at the bottom of the browser screen half cut off until I scroll back down the webpage again. Does that make sense? I'm trying to explain it as well as I can so someone can help.

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