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I accidentally found this simple tip. To enlarge the text in any browser, if you have a mouse wheel, hold down the Control key and move the wheel. The text will increase or decrease depending on which way you scroll.

[robg adds: It seems this functionality varies by browser, and probably also by whose mouse driver software you're using. With my Microsoft IntelliMouse, it only works as described in Camino. In Firefox, it's Command and the scroll wheel, and I can't make Safari or OmniWeb do anything. I didn't test the other OS X browsers...]
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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: conundrum on Jun 19, '06 09:12:18AM

In Firefox with my Mighty Mouse, text resizes with the command key held down.

With the control key held down, I can move backwards and forwards on web pages. No need to use the arrows in the tool bar.

And it only works for up and down scrolling, not left/right.



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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: raccoonweb on Jun 19, '06 09:29:02AM

I hate this behavior. When using firefox, I often have my finger resting on the control key and I'll accitently change the font size many times! Is there any way to disable this 'functionality' in firefox? Now that would be a useful hint.



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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: adurdin on Jun 19, '06 11:10:01AM

Yeah, it's quite easy. I always mod my mice so that the scrollwheel scrolls smoothly without the 'click' (A reversible mod with most Logitech mice, but my Microsoft one needed some permanent hackery). This has also meant that the wheel occasionally scrolls a tiny fraction as I move the mouse due to its own inertia. The normal scrolling sensitivity is low enough so that this isn't a problem, but the font-size-changing is (for some reason) more sensitive -- so I'd often accidentally change the font size as I pressed Command and move the mouse to a link intending to open it in a new tab.

But you didn't want to know all that: here's what you wanted to know. Open Firefox, and enter "about:config" in the address bar. Scroll down to find "mousewheel.withmetakey.action", and double-click it to give it a value of "0" to disable the Command+scroll action.



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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: periche on Jun 19, '06 12:44:25PM

To my surprise this also worked on Microsoft Word (using control key)... but not to resize the font size but the document zoom. I assume that it would also work in Excel (havent tried it).



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Resize text in Opera
Authored by: Yaldaboath on Jun 19, '06 01:52:26PM

I found this on Opera some weeks ago. With two finger scrolling on my Powerbook's trackpad and the Command key I can zoom in and out of web pages, which is really handy considering text can be really small on the later higher resolution displays.

Playing around I just discovered that shift + scroll takes me forward and backward through pages visisted. This is fun!



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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: disciple on Jun 20, '06 03:21:48AM

On my powerbook without scrolling trackpad I can achieve the same effect by pressing command and then + or -



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Resize text in some web browsers via the scroll wheel
Authored by: gbhumphrey on Mar 14, '07 01:22:24PM

this worked really well in FF 1.5, but then I upgraded to FF2 and it doesnt work anymore.. :(



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