Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Ever since Windows 7 I've found my desktop's mouse has the magical ability to zoom the font used within most apps if I hold CTRL while rotating the mouse wheel.

Is there a way I can implement this magic on a laptop that using a pressure pad instead of a mouse?

share|improve this question
    
Did you check the mouse settings in the control panel? Interestingly, a Google search shows more people wanting to disable this feature than the opposite. –  boot13 Aug 14 '10 at 14:32
    
:awaits a correlation twixt searcher's ages and that Boolean. –  justSteve Aug 14 '10 at 15:19
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try Ctrl + '+' and Ctrl + '-'.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Ctrl + wheel to scroll has worked for about ten years or more in many apps including MS Office and several browsers (certainly IE and Firefox, I think). Certainly on XP, possibly older Windows versions too (although wheel mice were much more a speciality item back then).

Office 2007 and 2010 suite has a zoom bar in the bottom right corner that you can use to zoom if you have no wheel - slide the slider or click the +/- buttons.

IE and Firefox both use Ctrl+ and Ctrl- to zoom in (larger) and out, and Ctrl-0 (zero) to reset. In fact, they also use Ctrl= (which is the key where + is written too, but strictly this would be Ctrl-Shift-= to get Ctrl+).

Opera does not recognise Ctrl= nor Ctrl-Shift-=, you can only use Ctrl-[numeric keypad]+. Ctrl- and Ctrl-0 are fine though.

Most recent trackpads have a scroll zone on the right and sometimes also the bottom of the pad, often marked with a series of short parallel lines. Sliding your finger in this zone will be interpreted as a scroll, if you configure this correclty (usually the default but if you have rebuilt a laptop from a plain vanilla Windows 7 install you may not have manufacturer-specific drivers or utilities unless you install them)

share|improve this answer
add comment

I you have a Synaptics touchpad on your laptop, you can enable multitouch gestures, where you can pinch two fingers to zoom in, like on an iPhone, by using this modified driver.

I think the reason that it is normally disabled must be because Apple own the patent on this, and Synaptics have not licenced its use.

I've not used it myself, as I use ThinkPad X-series ultracompact notebooks, which have no trackpad.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.