If the displayed text is hard to see at times, Windows lets you zoom in and out. Here is how to zoom in and zoom out in Windows 10 & 11.
In Windows 10 and 11, you can configure the display settings to match your needs. You can change the resolution, change the DPI scaling, increase or decrease font size, etc. Even with all these customization options, it can sometimes be hard to see the text and other content. This is especially true if you have eyesight problems.
In those cases, you can temporarily zoom in and out to make the content easier to read. For example, let’s say you want to show something on the screen to someone standing far away or to your parents or grandparents with poor eyesight; you can zoom in to make the content easier to see and read. Once done, you can zoom out in Windows. This approach is much better than constantly changing the DPI scaling or text size.
So, without further ado, let me show how to zoom in and out in Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.
How to Zoom In and Zoom Out in Windows
There are several different ways to zoom in and zoom out in Windows OS. I will show three different ways that achieve the same result. Follow the one you like.
Use a keyboard shortcut to zoom in and zoom out
As part of the accessibility feature, Windows has dedicated shortcuts to zoom in and zoom out. In fact, when you press the zoom-in keyboard shortcut, Windows automatically opens the magnifier tool. You can use this tool to zoom in and out as required.
To zoom in, press the “Start key + Plus key” on your keyboard. The first time you press the shortcut, Windows will open the Magnifier tool. Press the shortcut again to zoom in. The more you press the shortcut, the bigger the content gets. Alternatively, you can also click the “+” icon in the Magnifier tool to zoom in.
To zoom out, press the “Start key + Minus key” on your keyboard. The more you press the shortcut, the more the screen will zoom out. Of course, the screen will not zoom out below 100%.
Pinch to zoom on touchscreen
If you are using a laptop with a touchscreen, you can pinch to zoom in and out. If you are wondering, yes, the gesture is similar to how you do it on a mobile phone.
To zoom in on a touchscreen laptop, touch two fingers on the touch screen and spread them apart.
To zoom out on a touchscreen laptop, touch two fingers spread apart on the touch screen and get them together.
Zoom in and out in any browser
If you want to zoom in or zoom out a web page, you can do that using a dedicated shortcut in the browser itself. You don’t have to zoom in on the entire display.
Press the “Ctrl key + Plus key” shortcut to zoom in on a web page in a browser.
Press the “Ctrl key + Minus key” shortcut to zoom out a web page in a browser.
While zooming in and out, you will see a small magnifier icon in the browser’s address bar or toolbar.
The best thing is, almost all browsers support these keyboard shortcuts.
That is all.
I hope that helps.
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