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COMMAND + (Zoom in) / COMMAND - (Zoom out)

Many websites and programs are hard to read. The text just looks too small.??

Press COMMAND + (that's a plus sign) a few times.

This will increase the zoom level in most browsers and some programs (keyboards vary, yours may have CTRL or COMMAND) 

To zoom out again, just hit COMMAND - (that's a minus sign) 

To reset the zoom level to 100 percent, hit COMMAND 0

The remaining sections of this page explains step-by-step how to use Zoom, the built-in magnification feature in Mac OS X.

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure "Full keyboard access" is turned on--you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl+F1 at any time.

Step 1: Open the "Universal Access" window

Make sure you are in "Finder." If necessary, press Apple+Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to "Finder."

Click on the "Apple" icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl+F2.

Click on "System Preferences," as shown in fig. 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

fig. 1

System Preferences

In the "System Preferences" window (shown in fig. 2), click on the "Accessibility" icon.

fig. 2

System Preferences: Accessibility

Step 2: Turn on and use Zoom

In the "Universal Access" window (shown in fig. 3), make sure the "Seeing" tab is selected. If it is not, click on it, or press Ctrl+F7 to highlight one of the tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select it.

fig. 3

Accessibility: Zoom

Under the "Zoom" header, click the "On" radio button, or press Tab until the "Off" radio button is highlighted and then press the left arrow key to select "On." You can also turn Zoom on or off at any time by pressing Alt+Apple+8.

To zoom in at any time, press Alt+Apple and "=" (equal sign). The "preview rectangle" (the black-bordered box visible in fig. 4 & 5) shows the area of the screen that you will see at maximum zoom. To zoom back out, press Alt+Apple and "-" (minus).

Note: In older versions of Mac OS X, as shown in fig. 4, you need to click the "Turn on Zoom" button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar. You can also turn Zoom on or off at any time by pressing Alt+Apple+"*" (asterisk). Note also that the shortcut to zoom in is Alt+Apple and "+" (plus).

fig. 4

Turn on Zoom in older versions on Mac OS X

When you are happy with your settings, click on the "Done" button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to the "Universal Access" window.

Click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W to finish.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies--contact your local IT support for further help.