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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari Web Browsers
I love the "enlarge/shrink text" buttons in Safari. The first thing I do when I use Safari is ensure those bad boys are in the toolbar from the menu (View -> Text Size).

The trouble is I always seem to ge about two to three paragraphs into an article before I realise I need/want the text bigger. If the article is a long one (like appleturns.com), when you click enlarge the page often jumps dramatically, and you can lose your place in the text, especially if your near the bottom of the page.

My solution: Select a good chunk of the sentence you're up to before you change the font size. This makes it very easy to find your place again by scrolling up and down wildly, so you can enjoy the rest of your daily "As the Apple Turns" and macosxhints' fix or whatever else your reading.

[robg adds: This simple trick will work in any browser, obviously -- the highlight just makes it easy to see where you were before you zoomed.]
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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: snit on Apr 28, '04 11:55:08AM

My preferred method is to copy the text and paste it into Tofu... granted, it takes another application, but reading text on screen has never been so easy.

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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 28, '04 02:52:12PM

What the heck is that link for? I don't see any reference to "Tofu".

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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: PancakeMan on Apr 28, '04 05:29:27PM
Address worked for me. Here's a link.

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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 29, '04 12:31:28PM

Ah, thank you. I see it now ... mmm, looks interesting, too.

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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 28, '04 02:56:23PM

That single feature -- ability to resize the displayed text in a browser -- is probably my main motivation for using an Apple as my main office machine, even though I'm surrounded by hot, fast PCs. I already preferred it for multimedia work, especially video, but it was not until I learned about resizing text from the keyboard that I began to use it every day, even for email and web browsing. You just made me realize what a big deal that turned out to be -- a seemingly inconsequential feature turned out to be the lure that got me sitting in front of a Mac all day instead of a Dell.

There's plenty of other reasons I enjoy using my Mac, but that feature was the one that lured me across the cubicle.

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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: Felix_the_Mac on Apr 28, '04 04:01:04PM

I'm very happy you switched but ...
do you realise you could have stayed with a PC and used Mozilla to give you this feature?



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You can resize in IE as well...
Authored by: igner on Apr 28, '04 05:17:21PM

Actually, you can resize the text in IE as well, by selecting View->Text Size->
It's kind of awkward, but can be done. In addition, unlike mozilla / Safari, IE does have finite limits (default is Medium, you can go up or down 2 increments from there).

Note that the scalable text can be affected by how the page is designed (if the web designer specifies a pixel size for the font, then it will not resize) - there's nothing to be done about that.



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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: Lapo on Apr 29, '04 10:01:45AM

Copy a particular word (for example: "dramatically" in your text), then zoom and hit Command-F to search it. Safari (or other browser) will bring you back to the good position. Use Command-G to search again, if the word exist in several places...

Also, there's some tools built in OS X to zoom the screen entirely. It's for people with view problem, but you can use them anyway. In System Prefs, look for Universal Access (the little boy in blue). Everything is explained. Shortcuts are a bit hard to memorize, but day after day, you will find them very useful.



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Keep track of page location while zooming text in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 29, '04 12:37:47PM

Felix: no, I didn't realize that, but my switch was gradual anyway .... more and more often, I found myself preferring even IE on the Mac. It's more than just the fact that a keyboard command existed to resize text, I guess: the Mac screen experience overall just seems easier on my eyes. I was using Opera on Windows before I started switching, solely because it also used keystrokes to enlarge/shrink text, but on the Windows platform, it never looked as "right" or as smooth as on any OSX browser I used.

Igner: I am well aware of how I can resize text in IE [and I still do it constantly at home, on my budget PC], but, as you say, it's awkward. To me, it's unsatisfactory that IE still offers no keyboard shortcuts for this, not to mention that the size choices are few.

Lapo: good tip. I'll just add that, to find the precise place in your text again, you should copy more than a word. Instead of "dramatically", you can drag the mouse over some portion of text such as "increased dramatically by the end of", and paste THAT into the Command-F Find dialog. You don't have to be precise about what you select; just drag across a few words and you'll very likely find your reading place immediately.

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