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How to Zoom In or Out on MacBook Pro Laptops

One of the key reasons that Mac devices are popular is the way Apple goes to considerable lengths to make using Macs easier for its users. A case in point is the  Zoom feature, which is one of Mac’s many accessibility features. With it, you can read small prints, enlarge photographs, and zoom in on films among other things. 

In this guide, you’ll learn the various ways to zoom in and out on a MacBook Pro if you want to read fine print with ease.  We have you covered whether you prefer using a mouse, trackpad, or keyboard shortcuts.

How to Zoom In or Out on MacBook Pro Devices

How Do I Zoom In or Out on My MacBook Pro Laptop?

On a MacBook Pro, pinching the touchpad to zoom in and then releasing it to zoom out is the simplest method to zoom in and out respectively. You should note, however, that there are more ways to achieve this. We have described each individual method below. 

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Zooming With the Trackpad

Using the trackpad is a simple way to use the zoom feature on your MacBook Pro. Regardless of whether you wish to zoom in or out, the procedure is pretty easy.

  • If you wish to enlarge a portion of a screen, put two fingers on the trackpad. Move your fingers in opposite directions away from one another. Once you’ve selected the appropriate zoom level, remove your fingers from the trackpad.
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  • Zooming out requires reversing the above-described procedure. Simply spread your fingers slightly apart on the trackpad. Next, draw your fingers in a pinching manner toward one another. Once the screen has reached the desired zoom level, take your fingers off the trackpad.

Pinching when you want to zoom in and out is perhaps the most naturally occurring technique. It functions exactly like the in-and-out zoom on iPhone devices, so it should be pretty easy for you to accomplish.

Zooming With Keyboard Shortcuts


Another method for zooming in and out on MacBook Pro devices is by using a straightforward keyboard shortcut.

  • Click on the Command and + (plus) keys at the same time to zoom in. To customize the zoom to your desire, press these two keys.
  • Click on the Command and (minus) keys simultaneously to zoom out.
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You can easily create a few shortcuts to easily zoom in or out of the entire Mac screen. Follow these instructions:

  • The upper left corner of your Mac’s screen holds the Apple logo, click on it.
  • Next, choose “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. To access the area, click on the “Accessibility” symbol.
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  • Click “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” under the “Accessibility” heading. You should see a checkbox that reads ” Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” check that box.
  • Set Option + Command, and + (plus) as the key combination for the zoom-in feature  Option, Command, and (minus) are the keys to use for the zoom-out feature.

Keep in mind that the Zoom shortcut can be turned off by pressing Option + Command + 8.

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Zooming with Hover Text

You may also zoom in on certain areas of the screen using Apple’s Hover Text feature, which is available on the MacBook Pro.

Simply move the pointer over a certain object on the screen to activate this feature. Click on the activation modifier, which is usually the Command key, after that.

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You’ll need to check your settings if this feature doesn’t work on your Mac.

  • In the upper-left corner of your screen, locate and tap on the Apple logo.
  • Next, click the “System Preferences” option.
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  • Select “Accessibility” from the menu.
  • In the sidebar of the “Accessibility” panel, click “Zoom.”
  • The “Enable Hover Text” checkbox should then be selected.
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After enabling the Hover Text feature, repeat the instructions we’ve provided to use it for zooming in or out on your Macbook Pro device.

Zooming with an External Mouse

You can zoom in or out with your MacBook Pro’s mouse if one is connected to it  To zoom in, simply scroll up with your cursor while holding down the modifier key. Alternately, to zoom out, scroll down while holding the modifier key.

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You can follow these steps to update the modifier key or activate this feature:

  • From the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences.”
  • Click “Zoom” after opening the “Accessibility” section.
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  • You’ll see a checkbox next to an option that says “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom”, click it.
  • Choose between the Command, Control, or Option modifier keys.

An Apple Magic Mouse can also be used as an alternative to an external mouse for zooming in or out. You can turn on the Smart zoom feature to enable double-tap zooming. Simply double-tapping with one finger will let you zoom in or out.

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The procedure to turn on the feature is as follows:

  • From the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences.”
  • To access the section, click “Mouse.”
  • Click the “Smart zoom feature” option.

In summary, if you’ve been confused in the past as to how to zoom in or out on your MacBook Pro device, there’s no need to be anymore. Simply choose the method that best suits you and follow the instructions we’ve provided under it to zoom in or out easily. We’d also like to encourage you to recommend this guide to any other MacBook Pro user you think might need it.

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