I am trying to figure out why cmd++ or cmd+= works only in VS Code...

Chrome, Safari, Preview,... all applications report that cmd++ or cmd+= is zoom in. Sure. It does not work. I have Slovak keyboard where + second key in second row (with shiftI type "1" without I type +) the = is right behind the zero (0) key (% with shift. = without shift).

In both Safari and Chrome cmd++ is switching to first tab. cmd+1 does nothing. cmd+é (0 with shift) is restoring to "Actual size".

But when I press cmd++, cmd+=, shift+cmd++, shift+cmd+=, option+cmd+= option+cmd++ neither of them work on Slovak keyboard. On Slovak keyboard only cmd+- and cmd+0 works correctly.

On English keyboard it works with the two keys right before the backspace key.

What I have tried:

  • Restoring System -> KeyBoard -> shortcuts to defaults
  • Reading apple docs for keyboard shortcuts but it only refers to "Accessibility" screen zoom, and not window content zoom.
  • Googling for about and hour.

keyboard layout 1

keyboard layout

keyboard layout 2

keyboard layout 2

  • Try cmd-option-+ and cmd-option--
    – Natsfan
    Sep 17, 2017 at 1:53
  • I have described in question that it did not work. (Works only in accessibility it's allowed. but it's different king of zoom, it zooms the screen like magnifier... and not the document or webpage, or image...) Sep 18, 2017 at 7:38

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Solved thanks to the Apple community. In the Slovak layout there is no cmd + + since cmd modifies like shift. So when I press cmd, the + key becomes 1 like when I press shift. So I needed to create a custom shortcut for the application to be able to zoom in using cmd + =

  • Could you share what's the exact string to use for a custom app shortcut? Feb 22, 2019 at 14:24
  • @BorekBernard I am sorry, I don´t remember it. I would check it out, but I sold my MacBook. Mar 1, 2019 at 9:01

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