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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut System 10.4
As discussed in this recent hint, 10.4.8 added a new "zoom screen via control-scrollwheel" feature. Hold down control and spin your mouse wheel up to zoom in, then reverse the process to scroll back to the default 100% scale. Someone asked me if it were possible to use a keyboard shortcut to jump back to the no-zoom view -- they found it time consuming to have to manually un-zoom after looking at whatever it was they wanted to see. I thought the answer was no, it's not possible to use the keyboard, but after some experimentation, I found a solution.

Open the Universal Access System Preferences panel, and click the Options button in the Zoom section (and make sure Zoom is enabled!). Change the Maximum Zoom slider to anything other then its default left-most position. Note that whatever you set here will not affect the operation of the control-scroll zoom feature. It will, however, affect the zoom level you see when using the Command-Option-= Universal Access zoom mode. So if you use that zoom, too, then set the slider to 20x. Otherwise, just pick any setting other than the default. Click the Done button and you're, well, done.

After zooming in, just press Command-Option-minus to return to no-zoom mode. The screen will animate out as it un-zooms, but it's still much faster than control-scrolling back out to the normal view.
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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: tp_zoveel on Nov 13, '06 08:44:39AM

You can also press command-option-8, wich unzooms without animation. Works right out of the box, without setting anything in Preferences!



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Oops, mistake!
Authored by: tp_zoveel on Nov 13, '06 09:50:24AM

Sorry, my mistake! I mis-interpreted a forum hint from somewhere, I didn't actually check it myself. Cmd-option-8 does not zoom out, it only enables zooming in- and out with the keyboard.



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you would be right if..
Authored by: cynikal on Nov 15, '06 12:16:40PM

if this was before 10.4.7, that used to work (and i've grown to depend on it).. for SOME reason, apple changed that behavior as of 10.4.8.. scroll zoom was a nice addition but the fact that they changed the behavior of turning zoom off (but not unzooming) didn't make any sense! i'm glad to have come across this hint as it restores the behavior.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Thomas_U on Nov 13, '06 08:49:18AM

important: on german keyboards it is [Command-Option-ß] to zoom out.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: osxfan57 on Nov 13, '06 09:26:37AM

Doesn't work for me at all. Using 10.4.8 and have a Microsoft scroll mouse. The zoom, of course, works but the unzoom tip doesn't. Strange.

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G5 2.5GHz 1.5Gb RAM, OS 10.4.7



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: apprehensive on Nov 13, '06 10:00:23AM

This is unnecessarily complicated. If you go into the Keyboard Shortcuts section in the Keyboard & Mouse pref pane, you can change the quick-zoom-out to be whatever you want. I don't like three button combinations so I switched it to be Command-Z. Nice and easy.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: chally on Nov 13, '06 10:52:19AM

Okay, maybe I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can't see how you do that. I pulled up Keyboard and Mouse, and saw the list of key shortcuts, but there wasn't an entry for quick-zoom-out. I tried digging up Universal Access, and that was fruitless.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: apprehensive on Nov 13, '06 11:08:13AM

From the Keyboard shortcuts screen, branch down the Universal Access portion, then branch down the Zoom section. The item called "Zoom Out" is what you want to set. click on the shortcut that is already there to highlight it and then press the combination that you want. Hopefully this helps and sorry for not being more precise in my first post.
Cheers. ;)



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: chally on Nov 13, '06 11:18:03AM
Okay, thanks. That's the confusion. After reading your post, I thought there was a "quick" zoom out I somehow missed (rather than the feature that's currently referenced by command-option-'-'.) In Panther, one used to be able to cause a "quick" zoom out by doing cmd-option-8 (which also turned off zoom, and you could press it again to turn zoom back on.) Someone actually alleged you could do that, but I think he still uses Panther. Oddly, in Tiger, that function seems to turn off the zoom keys and leaves your screen zoomed!

Anyway, thanks for the followup.

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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: PCheese on Nov 13, '06 12:04:33PM

You'll probably want to pick a different shortcut than command-Z unless you zoom out more often than you undo... and note, command-control-z is used by iTunes for toggling between mini mode.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: apprehensive on Nov 13, '06 04:57:00PM
hmmm, I shouldn't post until I've had a cup of coffee! ;) the command I use is Cmd-Shift-Z. I do undo more than I'd like but I don't redo very often. Thanks for catching that!

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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: robg on Dec 07, '06 10:26:34AM

This quick solution doesn't work, at least on my Macs. Sure, you can reassign the shortcut, but you cannot make the screen auto-zoom back to 100% unless you have set a maximum zoom as explained in the hint. Without doing that, the newly-assigned shortcut does nothing more than step backwards, one zoom level at a time.

-rob.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: mistersquid on Nov 13, '06 11:05:54AM

Fantastic tip! Thank you.



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10.4: Un-zoom via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: BlakeyRat on Nov 15, '06 10:27:59PM

Uh, this tip is missing one very important step. I tried it out and all I got was a beep when I hit command-option-minus until I realized that you also have to turn the zoom feature "on" in the Universal Access control panel. If the zoom feature is turned off, this keyboard shortcut will do nothing but beep at you. Please correct this in the hint text.



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Yes!
Authored by: ebeans on Aug 26, '07 04:21:05AM

You're right. The accessibility options are off out-of-the-box!



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