How to Zoom Out on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find yourself squinting and struggling to read the small text on your Mac? Well, fret not!

In this tutorial, I will guide you through the process of zooming out on your Mac. With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to adjust the zoom level and make everything on your screen much clearer and easier to read.

Step 1: Access the Accessibility Options

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Within System Preferences, locate and click on “Accessibility”. This will open up a new window with various options for customizing your Mac’s accessibility features.

Step 2: Enable Zoom

In the left sidebar of the Accessibility window, you will see a list of different accessibility features. Scroll down until you find “Zoom” and click on it.

On the right side of the window, tick the checkbox next to “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom”. This will allow you to easily control the zoom level using keyboard shortcuts.

Step 3: Zoom In or Out

Now that you have enabled zooming, it’s time to try it out! To zoom out, simply press Option + Command + Minus (-).

You can also use Option + Scroll Down on your trackpad or mouse.

If you prefer using a keyboard shortcut, hold down Control, then scroll up or down using two fingers on your trackpad. Alternatively, if you’re using a mouse with a scroll wheel, hold down Control + Scroll Up/Down.


Remember that the zoom level will be adjusted based on your input, so experiment with different methods to find the perfect zoom level for your needs.

Step 4: Adjust Zoom Options

If you want to further customize the zoom options, you can do so by clicking on the “Options..” button next to the “Enable Zoom” checkbox.

Here, you can choose whether to have the zoom follow the keyboard focus, mouse cursor, or both. You can also adjust other settings such as the maximum zoom level and whether to use smooth images when zoomed in.

Step 5: Disable Zoom

If at any point you want to disable zooming on your Mac, simply go back to the Accessibility preferences and uncheck the “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” checkbox. This will turn off the zoom feature.


If you prefer not to use keyboard shortcuts or scroll gestures for zooming, you can also access zoom controls from the menu bar. Look for a magnifying glass icon in your menu bar and click on it to access additional options.

Final Thoughts

Zooming out on your Mac is a handy feature that can greatly enhance your reading and viewing experience. Whether you have visual impairments or simply prefer larger text and graphics, adjusting the zoom level can make using your Mac much more comfortable. With these easy-to-follow steps, you’ll be able to navigate through your Mac with ease!

  • Step 1: Access System Preferences > Accessibility
  • Step 2: Enable Zoom
  • Step 3: Use keyboard shortcuts or trackpad gestures to Zoom In or Out
  • Step 4: Adjust Zoom Options if desired
  • Step 5: Disable Zoom when necessary

Remember, it’s all about finding the right zoom level that works best for you. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy a more comfortable and visually engaging experience on your Mac!

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