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Tech Tip for Writers #66: Zoom In/Out of Websites

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I can’t read the internet page. How do I zoom out of a browser window?

A: There are a few ways, but here’s one I always forget about–and it’s the simplest of all: hold down the “Ctrl” key and move your “mouse scroll wheel”. One direction zooms in; the other zooms out. 

There are two other ways:

  • Ctrl+ (the plus sign next to backspace) will zoom in one step at a time; Ctrl- will do the same zooming out
  • Go to the menu bar. Select ‘View’, ‘Zoom’ and either ‘Zoom in’ or ‘Zoom out’

To return to the original setting, hold down the “CTRL” key and hit the number zero.

Take a moment to try it while I get a cup of coffee… OK–how’d it go?

Questions you want answered? Email me at and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

More Tech Tips for writers:

Tech Tip for Writers #59: Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

Tech Tip for Writers #56: Force a New Page

Tech Tips for Writers #55: Find a Lost Shortcut

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, adjunct professor of technology in education, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. 


18 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #66: Zoom In/Out of Websites

  1. I do use that trick at times, but a lot of the times I do it accidentally, and suddenly I have to scramble around just to get the website back to the proper size.


  2. Computer tips for writers?? This is possibly one of the most brilliant blogging ideas that I’ve seen someone come up with! I grew up learning computers in school and still have loads to learn about them (like using the Ctrl key to zoom 😉 )


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