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How To Zoom Out On A MacBook

Knowing how to zoom out on a MacBook will help you to get a normal view of something on your Mac. While web browsing, you must have encountered text or images that are too large or too small. If a webpage appears too big, you can zoom out to have a better view. In today’s post, I will focus on how to zoom out on a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other versions. Zooming in and out allows you to fit the content on the screen according to your needs. You can now keep on reading to know more about how to zoom out on a MacBook.

How To Zoom Out On A MacBook?

In this section, I will explain how to zoom out on a MacBook. The quickest way to activate the Zoom feature is using a keyboard. The keyboard shortcut keys will help you to zoom out the specific window or webpage.

Follow these steps to know how to zoom out on a MacBook with a keyboard.

  1. Navigate to the top-left hand corner to click on the Apple menu.
  2. From the drop down list, you’ve to select System Preferences.
  3. Now, select Accessibility.
  4. Click on Zoom to select the Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom checkbox.
  5. Then, open any zoomed in webpage or window.
  6. Hold down the Command, Option and the dash (-) button altogether.

You can keep pressing all the keys as many times as necessary to reach your desired level of zoom on the page. You’ll find the dash button located next to the =/+ button.

Keep on reading further to know more about how to get out of zoom out on a MacBook Pro.

Zoom Out On A MacBook With Trackpad

With the help of a trackpad, you can translate the position and motion of your fingers. It help us to interact with websites and applications more seamlessly. You can follow these steps to know how to zoom out on a Mac with trackpad.

  1. Navigate to the top-left hand corner to click on the Apple menu.
  2. From the drop down list, you’ve to select System Preferences.
  3. Now, select Trackpad.
  4. Go to the Scroll and Zoom tab.
  5. Under this tab, select the Smart Zoom checkbox.
  6. Then, open any zoomed in webpage or window.
  7. Place your thumb and index finger on your Mac trackpad.
  8. Move both these fingers close to each other to zoom out on Mac.

You can remove your fingers from the trackpad once you’re satisfied with the level of zoom. Another trick is, you can simply double-tap on the trackpad to zoom out.

Let us now check out other three methods to know how to zoom out on a MacBook.

Zoom Out On A MacBook With Mouse

Most people use a mouse with scroll wheel to zoom in and out instead of a trackpad. You can follow these steps to know how to zoom out on Mac with mouse.

  1. Navigate to the top-left hand corner to click on the Apple menu.
  2. From the drop down list, you’ve to select System Preferences.
  3. Now, select Accessibility.
  4. Click on Zoom to select the Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom checkbox.
  5. Click on the down arrow to choose a modifier key (either Control, Option, or Command).
  6. Then, open any zoomed in webpage or window.
  7. Lastly, press the selected modifier key and scroll down the mouse wheel to zoom out.

For instance, you’ve selected the Control key as the modifier key. Press Control and scroll down the mouse wheel to zoom out the webpage. If you’re using Apple Magic mouse, you can use two fingers (index and middle) to swipe down.

Zoom Out On Mac By Disabling Hover Text

Enabling hover text displays bigger, higher resolution images of the text that your cursor hovers over. You can disable this function to view texts and images at normal size. Follow these steps to know how to zoom out on a MacBook.

  1. Navigate to the top-left hand corner to click on the Apple menu.
  2. From the drop down list, you’ve to select System Preferences.
  3. Now, select Accessibility.
  4. Uncheck the Enable Hover Text checkbox to disable it.

You won’t see enlarged texts or images under the mouse pointer. (when the cursor hovers over while holding down the Command key).

Continue to read to know how to zoom out on a webpage MacBook Air.

Zoom Out On A Mac Chrome

Google Chrome is widely used by many people for searching information. You can follow these steps if you’re wondering how to zoom out on a Mac Chrome.

  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your macOS.
  2. Navigate to the main menu (three vertical dots) of the Chrome window.
  3. Search and select the Zoom option from the drop down list.
  4. To make everything smaller on the screen, click on Zoom out or the minus sign.

You can even use the keyboard shortcut on Chrome to zoom out the screen. Simply press the Command and the dash key multiple times until you reach the desired view.

  • Zoom Out Specific Websites On Chrome

Surprisingly, you can also remove the default zoom level of specific websites in Chrome. Follow these steps to know how to zoom out specific website on Chrome.

  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your macOS.
  2. Navigate to the main menu (three vertical dots) of the Chrome window.
  3. Search and select the Settings option from the drop down list.
  4. From the left menu, select Privacy and Security.
  5. Then, select Site Settings from the list of options.
  6. Scroll down to Additional content settings.
  7. Click on Zoom Levels to view the list of zoomed in websites.
  8. Lastly, click on X to remove zoom from specific websites.

In this way, you can zoom out specific websites on Chrome via Chrome Settings.

Let us now check out how to zoom in on MacBook/MacBook Air.

Zoom In On A MacBook With Mouse

Till now, I hope you’ve understood how to zoom out on a MacBook. You can reset the current zoom level as soon as you need. Follow these steps to know how to zoom in and out of a window on MacBook OS with mouse.

  1. Navigate to the top-left hand corner to click on the Apple menu.
  2. From the drop down list, you’ve to select System Preferences.
  3. Now, select Accessibility.
  4. Click on Zoom to select the Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom checkbox.
  5. Click on the down arrow to choose a modifier key (either Control, Option, or Command).
  6. Then, open any webpage or window you want to zoom in.
  7. Lastly, press the selected modifier key and scroll the mouse wheel upwards to zoom in.

However, you can even use the shortcut keys to zoom in( Command + Option + Plus sign) 

Learn about more different topics by visiting zoomoutme.

FAQ

How Do I Get My Mac Screen Back To Normal Size?

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display Settings. Select your display in the sidebar, then do one of the following, depending on your display: Click the Scaled pop-up menu, then choose a scaled resolution for the display.

Why Is Everything Enlarged On My Mac?

Probably activated Zoom accidentally. Check the Seeing tab in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences. Right-click on the desktop and select ‘Show view options from the pop-up menu. You can change the icon size as well as the grid spacing there.

How Do I Unzoom Safari On Mac?

When viewing a picture or text, press Command and the + (plus) or – (minus) keys. Alternately, you can click on View in Safari’s menu bar and select Zoom In or Zoom Out.

Why Does My Mac Screen Suddenly Zoom In?

Hold the Control key and scroll out. If you want to disable the Display Zoom feature, go to Apple > System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom and uncheck it. it sounds to me that you may have “discovered” smart zoom.

Conclusion

In the above post, I’ve explained how to zoom in and out on a MacBook in detail. To zoom out a single window, use the Command and dash (minus) button combination. If you’re using Mac trackpad, pinch two fingers close to each other to zoom out the entire screen. You can even use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out webpages. Make sure you enable the Smart zoom feature if you’re using a mouse. On Magic mouse, you can also double tap with one finger to zoom in/out. After learning how to zoom out on a MacBook, you can set appropriate level of zoom.

 

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