Apr 24, 2009

HELP! MAC OSX zoomed in and will not change!

Your macintosh laptop or desktop computer has zoomed in unexpectedly. You don't know how you did it, and you don't know how to get it back to normal.

While this isn't a new feature really (you could turn zooming on in the Universal Access settings before), the latest systems and updates turn this feature on by default. Not only that, but it assigns zooming a hotkey and links it up with your mouse or laptop trackpad.

To get back to normal, just hold Control (the default hotkey) and move your scroll wheel (or use the two-finger scroll on your trackpad) to zoom in or out.

To keep this option from accidentally coming into play,
  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select "Universal Access"
  3. Select "Seeing" from the row of buttons across the top
  4. Under "Zoom," click the "On" button

So, what is this option really good for?
Good question.

1) Practicality: Many people like the Mac OS zoom feature better than photoshop's zoom feature (doesn't require the redraw ram) and works smoothly. Its also good for reading small texts, and PDF materials.

2) Security: Step away from your laptop or desktop, and anyone has access to whatever you left open. Using the zoom function, you can zoom in as close as you want, and other users will be flabbergasted at what's happening. 99% of people can't figure out how to fix it, let alone what is going on.

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