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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly Apps
Safari occasionally zooms right in on a web page. It's quick to return to the actual size, but you can also disable this behavior if desired.

Myself and friends/family who I support were being bothered by Safari occasionally zooming right in on a web page. Pressing Command+0 (zero) undid it, but it was still disconcerting.

I found this is caused by Safari on OS X trying to emulate Safari on iOS: a double-tap on the mouse zooms the page to the current column.

Take a trip to System Preferences to disable this behavior: it will be either Mouse » Point & Click, and turn off Smart zoom, or Trackpad » Scroll & Zoom, and uncheck Smart zoom.

[crarko adds: This is one of those things I never see since I disable Smart zooming as a matter of course on all of my systems. I have met a number of people who do encounter this phenomenon, and asked what to do about it. So it's not an earth-shattering hint, but perhaps less obvious than it seems. I do think pinch zooming on a trackpad is useful and a logically consistent thing to do. Do folks here make a lot of use of double-tap Smart zooming on a Mac? Knowing the circumstances where it proves useful would be a nice addition to the tip given here.]
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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly
Authored by: llee on Jan 10, '13 07:43:51AM

It's a two-finger double tap on my trackpad. Anybody else?

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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly
Authored by: jcbeckman on Jan 10, '13 08:33:17AM

I use it all the time while reading, which is filled with newspaper comic strips - just makes everything easier to read.

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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jan 10, '13 09:56:53AM

It's a double tap with two fingers on my Magic Trackpad, and I use it often. It's quite handy (no pun intended).

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Stop Safari from zooming unexpectedly
Authored by: derekJAB on Jan 11, '13 04:11:59AM

Yup. I use a double-tap a lot to focus on images particularly. I'd never dream of disabling the feature.

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Doube Tap=good: Pinch & Zoom=Bad
Authored by: tangential on Jan 11, '13 04:39:17AM

I use double tap all the time and I've used it for years (long before the gestures existed in OSX.) What I don't use and turned off as quickly as possible is pinch&zoom. I found on my MBP that just brushing the trackpad was causing a huge amount of inadvertant zooms which we're driving me crazy.

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Authored by: JackRepenning on Nov 19, '13 04:11:27PM

I've had "Smart Zoom" off for ages, because accidental activation annoys me. This has taught me that there's another magic zoom gesture, also subject to accidental activation. The zoom is equivalent to "pinch / spread zoom." It seems to get activated if my fingers brush the mouse (Apple Magic Mouse) while reaching across (say, to grap a coffee cup).

Cmd-0 resets it (just as with the double-touch "Smart Zoom"). But it's annoying (just as with "Smart Zoom"). And I can't find any way to turn it off.

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