Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Nifty Zooming With the Mouse.

Nifty Zooming with the Mouse

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)

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If you zoom in and out of your documents quite a bit, you may get tired of using the pull-down zoom control on the toolbar. If you have a mouse that has the wheel between the two buttons, you can do a neat trick. All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl key as you turn the small wheel. Each click of the wheel, up or down, increases or decreases the zoom factor by 10%.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12590) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Nifty Zooming With the Mouse.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 6?

2017-09-22 05:23:45

Hew Granlund

Please could you specify in your Word and Excel tips the difference between PC and MAC operations. In many cases the PC commands are not directly translated in to MAC commands. Many thanks.


2013-04-22 07:50:44

Heather

Thanks John, I did not know that :-)


2013-04-22 05:13:26

John Summers

Don't forget that you can return to default size by using Control + Zero


2013-04-20 10:48:16

Josie

My mouse wheel with Control key depressed zooms in increments of 5%.

I think I once knew this but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.


2013-04-20 05:38:38

Surendera M. Bhanot

Good tip. I am using this since ages. Only the new information is that it brings about a increment/decrement of 10%. Good!!


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