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(I'm using the Mac version MS Word 2011)

I used to happily use the wheel mouse to zoom but, after upgrading to the Mac Magic mouse (using only finger slide movement to scroll and pan) I can no longer hold Ctrl and roll the mouse to zoom (driving me crazy) and I can't see a useful keyboard shortcut and the zoom slider bar in the lower right of the Word screen isn't practical (in my experience). Is there any way to zoom in on the Mac Version of Microsoft Word 2011 without resorting to using a menu?

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Try option+control+scroll. (This works on the touchpad in a MacBook Pro. I don't have a Magic Mouse.)

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there is no pre-defined method for doing this via the keyboard but you can set one up

  1. Say within Word 2008, go to Tools --> Customize Keyboard...
  2. Select the category 'View' on the left
  3. In the 'commands' list, look for ViewZoomIn. Select it.
  4. Place your cursor in the textbox next to 'Press new keyboard shortcut.
  5. Press a combination of keys (i.e. your chosen shortcut. I chose Command+Option+.)
  6. Make sure in the 'Current keys' box that you are not overwriting something important)
  7. If you're happy with the shortcut, click on 'Assign'
  8. Repeat the same operation for ViewZoomOut. I chose Command+Option+,)

i used command = and command -

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Yeeehaaa McGrailm - MANY thanks - this was the answer I was hoping for ... PS. I followed your path, it worked for me first time, I exited and reloaded WORD, it stuck. I'm happy. Thank you. Thanks also Mohan and Daniel ... I hope the surf's up for y'all (or whatever your passion is). HB – Lloyd Apr 23 '11 at 3:07
Your welcome, glad I could help my sight isn't the greatest so it helps to know these kinds of things. Don't forget to accept an answer 8 > ) – mcgrailm Apr 23 '11 at 12:24
Thank you, this is what I was looking for! – nathancahill Jul 8 '13 at 19:56
this also works for Office 2015, thank you! – ryenus May 14 '15 at 4:11

Command++ to zoom out and Command+- to zoom in.

You don’t need to set any macros up. This works for everyone.

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In Office 2016 these shortcuts no longer works. – Luca Spiller May 30 at 12:20

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