How to Zoom Screen on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to zoom the screen on your Mac. In this article, we will guide you through the steps and provide you with all the necessary information to make your screen zoomed in for better visibility.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

The first step is to open System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Navigating to Accessibility

Once you have accessed System Preferences, locate and click on the “Accessibility” icon. It is represented by a blue circle with a white figure inside.

Step 3: Enabling Zoom

In the Accessibility settings, find and click on the “Zoom” option on the left-hand side of the window. This will open up the Zoom settings.

Option 1: Using Keyboard Shortcut

To enable zoom using a keyboard shortcut, checkmark the box that says “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom.” By default, you can use “Option” (⌥) + “Command” (⌘) + “=” to zoom in and “Option” (⌥) + “Command” (⌘) + “-” to zoom out.

If you want to customize these shortcuts, click on the “Modifier Keys..” button and follow the instructions provided.

Option 2: Using Scroll Gesture

Alternatively, you can enable zoom using a scroll gesture on your trackpad or mouse. Checkmark the box that says “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” and select your preferred modifier key from the drop-down menu.

Once enabled, hold down the specified modifier key and scroll up to zoom in or scroll down to zoom out.

Step 4: Adjusting Zoom Behavior

Under the Zoom settings, you can customize how the screen behaves when zoomed. There are options to adjust the maximum zoom level, toggle smooth images, and more.

Experiment with these settings to find what works best for you.

Step 5: Additional Zoom Options

If you need greater control over your zoom experience, click on the “Options.” button within the Zoom settings. Here, you can configure features like enabling a temporary zoom window or adjusting the appearance of the zoomed screen.

Step 6: Zooming In and Out

Now that you have enabled and customized your zoom settings, it’s time to start using them! Remember the keyboard shortcuts or scroll gestures you set up in Step 3 and use them accordingly.

If you are using a trackpad, you can also double-tap with two fingers to quickly enable or disable zoom. To exit zoom mode entirely, press “Option” (⌥) + “Command” (⌘) + “=” or navigate back to System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom and uncheck the box next to “Enable Zoom.”


You have successfully learned how to zoom your screen on Mac. With this newfound knowledge, you can now enjoy a more comfortable and accessible viewing experience.

Feel free to adjust your zoom settings as needed and explore the various options available to you.

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