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I am coming from Windows and miss the feature that allows to increase/decrease the text size in many applications (Chrome, PDF readers, Text editors,...) by using CTRL-MouseWheel. Instead the size of the whole display increases which is not what I want.

Any help appreciated

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There's no such feature on the Mac - as you say, the only equivalent feature is to zoom the whole screen, when you turn on 'Zoom' in the Universal Access preference pane. To increase just the text size, you'll need to see if there's an option for this in individual programs' menus (as there is for some browsers, for example - e.g. in Safari, select 'Zoom Text Only' from the View menu, and then 'Zoom in' or 'Zoom out' from that menu).

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So are you saying that this option is available in Chrome for Mac? Can you tell me how to enable it? –  Vladtn Dec 20 '11 at 11:54
    
@Vladtn No. Chrome allows you to just increase font size in the menu. –  Daniel Beck Dec 20 '11 at 11:55
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@Vladtn Or via Cmd and the + or - key. –  slhck Dec 20 '11 at 12:25

Command(plus)+ and Command(plus)- works in TextEdit.

I switched to Mac 1 year ago and I remember the weird feeling i use to get when Ctrl won't work like the way i wanted to.

Usually you can use Command button as equivalent to Windows Control button. e.g. Ctrl+C = Command+C

To increase/decrease size in browser, you can swipe two fingers outward to Zoomin and two fingers inward to Zoom-out.

As you will find out, zoom is much more Easier to do in Mac.

Tip: You can also Press control button and while keeping it pressed, use two finders upward and downward to Zoom the whole screen.

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swipe is side to side (all fingers in the same direction). What you mean is called pinching. –  Daniel Beck Dec 20 '11 at 20:45

Per-app "zooming" (and text resizing) is common on the Mac via pinch/unpinch gestures on trackpads, and via keyboard shortcuts like Cmd+ and Cmd-, but it's not common via the scroll wheel.

Full-screen zooming via the scroll wheel can be enabled in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

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Sort of same situation here. I found that using Ctrl + Cmd (or Ctrl + Alt) and the wheel (actually, two finger scrolling as I'm using a trackpad) works for zooming in and out in MS Office for the Mac. It seems like somehow adding a key to the combo overrides the usual whole screen zooming typical of the Mac.

Anyhow, I just found this behaviour in Office. Other apps work as mentioned in other answers: use the pinch gesture, of Cmd + Plus or Cmd + Minus for zooming in and out.

My configuration: MacOS X 10.6.4. Office 2011.

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First check this link for:

1- Mac Pro and iMac

2- MacBook Pro (or MacBook)

3- Mac OS X with a Magic Mouse

Also this link shared a user's experience about how he found a workaround. He Turned off his iMac, changed his mouse for an Apple one then turned his iMac back on. The option became available, thus he checked it and changed the mouse again.

If you have not been able to work it out, I suggest you look into the preference of your mouse third-party software. It has most likely an option enabling you to do so as I made it work for my Logitech with Unifying Dongle.

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