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Using Smart Zoom with Safari Apps
Double Clicking/tapping in the right place helps Safari set its zoom to the proper setting when using Smart Zoom.

Safari and the Mac OS support a feature called Smart Zoom. In Safari, a double tap/click will zoom in on the web page. This is a wonderful feature for those of us that our vision isn't what it use to be. Small text can now be made readable.

The zoom value is determined by the cursor location when double clicking/tapping. Make sure to have the cursor over the text you want to fit on screen. The width of the paragraph helps to determine the zoom value. Having the cursor over a blank area on a web page will likely generate unexpected results.

When done with the zoom, or if the cursor placement caused an unwanted zoom, double-click/tap to get back to full zoom.

[crarko adds: In the interest of fair play, you may consider this hint to be a rebuttal of what I said about yesterday's hint. To me, it just shows the wonderful differences in how people make use of their Macs.]
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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: ttyler1999 on Jan 11, '13 07:59:11AM

Unless I am misreading the article, I think it is important to mention that (at least with a trackpad) this requires a two finger double-tap. This was actually mentioned in this hint from August:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110726090607949



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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: catalert on Jan 11, '13 10:29:43AM

The single-finger double-tap is correct for use with the Apple Magic Mouse.



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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: itechieguy.com on Jan 13, '13 12:44:22PM

Your right with that. I left that out. This was a follow-up to a post the day before about turning off Smart Zoom, http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20130108131950239.


crarko even asked, "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."

This is one use for Smart Zoom in Safari.

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: jbarley on Jan 11, '13 01:33:27PM

Is this hint Safari or OS X version specific?
I'm running Safari 5.1.7 on Snow Leopard and none of these double tapping thing-ies work for me.



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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: itechieguy.com on Jan 13, '13 12:47:55PM

Turn on Smart Zoom in the Mouse or Trackpad in System Preferences. Don't Remember if this is a feature of Snow Leopard.

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: Udo on Jan 12, '13 09:36:34AM

I'm running Safari 6.0.2 on OS X Snow Leopard and none of these double clicking work for me. Safari Help does not find "smart click" or "smart tap". Neither Safari nor Accessibility preferences have no settings for smart click.

What am I missing?

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: Reddog on Jan 12, '13 01:18:24PM

It's not specified, but this hint must only apply to laptops. I have a Mac Pro running 10.8 and this smart Scroll option isn't present in my Mouse preferences.



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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: itechieguy.com on Jan 30, '13 09:23:45AM

For use with a mouse, this feature requires a Magic Mouse.

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: Udo on Jan 14, '13 08:53:59AM

I should have mentioned I am running on a 2012 Mac Mini. The Mac Mini does not support this feature.

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: itechieguy.com on Jan 30, '13 09:27:45AM

Udo,

I'm pretty sure 10.6.8 does not supports this. See if you find Smart Zoom in the Trackpad or Mouse System Preferences. BTW, You'll only see this in the Mouse System Preference if you have a Magic Mouse.

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Using Smart Zoom with Safari
Authored by: McStud on Apr 30, '13 01:15:51PM

I find the All Pages Zoom extension for Safari invaluable!



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