Although most browsers offer zoom functions, it is often easier to use the native zoom function on your operating system that works with everything regardless of what you do. Mac machines have this capability and we show you how you can zoom in, adjust and operate on a Mac!
Keyboard zoom hot keys
If zoom is already active on your computer and you are ready to go, these are the hot keys to learn (as hot keys) and zooming are not enabled, go to the zoom panel section for more information). With a little practice, you can instantly zoom and on-zoom while working on your Mac.
Option-Command-8 : Enables or disables the zoom function. Of course you want it on, but it's a handy way to check if you're not sure.
Option-Command-Plus sign (+) : The version with equal sign is the way to zoom in on your Mac. Use this entry to embig.
Option-Command-Minus (-) : Zoom out with this function when you are finished or when you want to navigate faster.
Focus on keyboard tracking : While this option has no pre-assigned keyboard command, you can assign one if you want. If you have never used the following keyboard focus, it basically shows which element is currently highlighted by the keyboard (more information about how this helps accessibility here).
Note: It is important to find an updated version of keyboard zoom commands, as they are known to change occasionally. This list works with Mac Catalina, currently the most recent OS, and we will work to keep it updated if another change occurs.
Open the zoom panel for adjustment
It is a good idea to visit the Zoom settings panel on your Mac to make sure all your settings are correct even if you can live on the shortcuts. You can adjust or add functions and generally improve functionality based on your needs with these controls, as well as troubleshoot problems that don't work. Here's how to get access.
Step 1 : Open System Preferences from your Dock or by clicking on the Apple Menu and then System Preferences . From there, choose Accessibility .
Step 2 : In the Accessibility window you will see a list of settings panels to choose from on the left. Locate the panel Zoom (it should be early) and select it.
Step 3 : The window now shows various zoom functions that you can enable or disable by checking them. Enable Use hot keys to zoom in and other options that you think would be useful.
Step 4 : pay close attention to the Zoom style drop-down list . Here you can choose between Full screen, Split screen or Picture-in-picture zoom. Especially for large screens, picture-in-picture may have more advantages for navigation, but you can switch between the three to see what you like best. The buttons Advanced and Options on the right give you more options to click and try. These are all good things to adjust if necessary.
Zooming in on the Touch Bar
Newer Macs come with the OLED Touch Bar with illuminated icons that change based on the software you use. It is a hit or miss addition, but it does come in handy for accessibility options. Here you can see how you can zoom in on the Touch Bar.
Step 1 : Visit the settings panels Zoom as described in the section above. If your Mac machine has a Touch Bar, you should see a new check box for Enable Touch Bar Zoom . Make sure it is selected.
Step 2 : Tap and drag a finger on your Touch Bar until the zoomed version of the Touch Bar appears on your screen for easier operation. If the icons are still not large enough, press the Command key and & # 39; pinch & # 39; and unfold the Touch Bar on the screen with your thumb and finger. This should make the Touch Bar bigger.
Step 3 : While swiping the Touch Bar with one finger, quickly tap with a second finger. This will synthesize a tap where your first finger is located. If you hold down your second finger and drag both digits, you can make a tap and drag movement based on where your first finger is placed.
Step 4 : If you tap and hold a finger on the Touch Bar, you can enable direct touch mode, which allows you to communicate directly with the Touch Bar element under your finger.
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