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
    Commented May 2, 2011 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
    Commented May 19, 2012 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
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 5:35

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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
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 16:05
  • Mac's use of modifier keys never ceases to amaze - thanks. Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 1:14
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    The CTRL key alone is sufficient in Lion 10.7.5 with Word 2011 v14.2.5 Commented Mar 19, 2013 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. Commented Sep 29, 2014 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
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 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! Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 17:23
  • didn't work... but Control + wheel works great !
    – maycca
    Commented Mar 1, 2016 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
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 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? Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 18:06

For Microsoft Word 16.54 for Mac.. click where it shows the zoom percentage in the lower left corner (for example, click on 110%), it will open a dialogue box, then select your desired zoom level, and click OK. Your document should now open at that zoom level instead of 110%.

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