How to Zoom In and Zoom Out a Browser Window

This is actually a repost; however, it contains a couple of browser tips that you can’t post enough.  If you don’t use it, you will lose it!

Have you ever visited a web site where the text size is to small to read or you are finding that your eyesight (like mine) is going downhill, and reading certain elements varies from page to page?

Here is a “little known and little used” computer tip for you internet users… By holding down the “Ctrl” key and moving your “mouse scroll wheel” you can “zoom in and zoom out” on a web page.  You can also do the same thing, without using the mouse or “Ctrl” key, by hitting the “+” (plus) and “-” (minus) keys on the numeric keypad, located on the right side of your keyboard.  Give it a try! It will not permanently change any default settings. If you find that you need to return to the normal default (original) setting, simply hold down the “CTRL” key and hit “0” (the number zero). This works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and probably all of the browsers.  Give it a try!

Mouse Wheel to Zoom In and Zoom Out

The “zoom in and zoom out” tip, using the “Ctrl and Mouse Wheel” will also work with other applications as well, with varying results (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, many graphic viewers/editors, pdf readers, etc…).  For example, in Microsoft Word, when working on a mult-page document, you can “zoom out” to the point that it will tile (show all) your pages on the screen.

Added Tip: Was helping someone today on a small computer screen complete a task online in their web browser and toggled to full screen. They were astonished and asked “How did you do that?”.  Simply hit “F11” on your keyboard to toggle back and forth from full and normal screen.

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17 thoughts on “How to Zoom In and Zoom Out a Browser Window

  1. I just found out from my son that clicking the mouse wheel opens a tab on the browser–now another use for it. How much I have been missing!


    1. Jacqui,

      I’m trying to get that to work (middle click mouse wheel = opens new tab) in Google Chrome and is not cooperating. I’m doing something wrong!



  2. Thanks, I’m not quite sure how I managed to zoom in on my netbook, but the CTRL+0 trick fixed it right up.


  3. If you don’t want to use the scroll of your mouse you can press : “ctrl” and “+” to zoom out or “ctrl” and “-” to zoom in


    1. Ben,

      Please don’t take this the wrong way. Buy another keyboard… The Control key is an important key when it comes to the computer.

      I would also try giving the keyboard a good cleaning and try to release the key.



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