I get a lot of Word documents to work on, and the first thing I always do is access the zoom setting (View-> Zoom) and change the zoom to "Page Width". There's no keyboard shortcut for the zoom settings, and I do it enough times that I'd like a quicker way. In Pages, there's a little pop-up that lets you choose the zoom you want.

Is there a way to quickly change the zoom settings in Word? Thanks.

  • Apple/control with wheel works in Office 2011 for Mac – user79410 May 2 '11 at 19:13
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    None of these are keyboard shortcuts. All require using the mouse (and many mice, including most laptops don't have a scroll wheel). Is there a keyboard shortcut that doesn't require taking your hands off the keyboard? – user135042 May 19 '12 at 0:48
  • I like the selected answer, however, it's also worth noting there are other zoom capabilities available under Universal Access in System Preferences. – Alex Jan 30 '13 at 5:35

For MS Word Mac: You zoom by holding the Command and CTRL key while scrolling the mouse wheel. http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070113120847965

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    Great, thanks for this. Never would have found it by trial and error. – nevan king Apr 21 '10 at 16:05
  • Mac's use of modifier keys never ceases to amaze - thanks. – Steve Bennett Sep 27 '11 at 1:14
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    The CTRL key alone is sufficient in Lion 10.7.5 with Word 2011 v14.2.5 – Rob Bednark Mar 19 '13 at 2:56

On my Macbook Air, I can hold "control" and "command" and slide two fingers on the touchpad down and up to zoom in and out, respectively, within Microsoft Word 2011.

  • Except you don't need to hold CMND, only CTRL. – Sergey Snegirev Sep 29 '14 at 11:21

Depending on which version of Word you are using you can hold down the Ctrl key and use the scroll wheel (or whichever button you use to scroll!) and this will zoom in and out.

This works with a lot of other Microsoft applications.

  • yep i use this shortcut for internet browsers a lot too like Firefox and Internet Explorer – rzlines Apr 21 '10 at 12:29

In the 2011 version, I just selected ToolsCustomize Keyboard, and under view I selected viewzoompagewidth and set a custom keyboard shortcut. I chose Command+Control+Right Arrow, Left Arrow.

In other words, while holding command and control, press the right arrow and left arrow keys.

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    Wow, I never knew; that is extremely helpful, thanks! Now I have command-= and command-- working in Word just like those keystrokes work in every other os x app, thank you! – not-just-yeti Nov 3 '13 at 17:23
  • didn't work... but Control + wheel works great ! – maycca Mar 1 '16 at 19:28
  • Confirmed with Office 2016 Mac Version 15.33 (170409), I assigned mine to Command + Control + 2, similar to cmd+2 (fit width) in Acrobat reader – Z.Zen Jun 11 '17 at 11:49

I found that another way to do this is to customize the toolbar. I wasn't displaying the standard toolbar, where there is a zoom drop-down menu. I right-clicked on the toolbar that I was displaying (Formatting) and clicked "Customize toolbars and menus". On the "Commands" tab, I dragged the zoom button from "View" out on to my toolbar.


There are actually default keyboard shortcuts for zoom in (Control Option -) and zoom out (Control Option =), at least for English Canadian keyboard. For keyboards where + and = don't share the same key, I'd try Control Option + for zooming in.

Edit: I am not sure anymore whether this is actually a default shortcut; both of my machines have it but not the one of my colleague so maybe I have set that at some point in the past... (sorry if that's the case)

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    Don't you mean Command, instead of Control, on the Mac? – Canadian Luke Jul 24 '14 at 18:06

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