Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blow up your screen. Sorta

Do you love the crisp, clean text and graphics your mac is capable of producing on your screen? Sure do... but not everyone does. The grandpa and grandma of the mac users do need serious magnification in order to see the incredibly small and defined objects on the flat panel.

Again, MacNify is spilling out the coolest trick to get things done - in this case, blowing your screen.

The trick

Hold the "shift" and "ctrl" key, and do a scroll-up using your mouse's scroll button. Or equivalently, use your two fingers to scroll up on your MacBook's trackpad. You simply get a zoom-in effect of everything on screen, REALTIME! Still holding the keys and do a scroll-down, and you can gradually zoom out again. Ain't that cool?

Look at how much I have zoomed-in on the Apple logo! But things get a little blurry if you overdo it.


Yet another Mac tip is on the web!

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

For my Macbook, it isn't Shift + Ctrl, but it is Fn + Ctrl. I don't know if that is what you meant but I just thought i'd say so.

Anonymous said...

For me even Ctrl is enough, you can enable that in the Mouse and Keyboard Preferences. You can also remap it to other keys or completely disable it :)

Anonymous said...

CTRL does it

fred egan said...

CTRL on a MacBook Pro does it....and its freakin sweet!

Anonymous said...

For my powerbook... function is the magic key

Anonymous said...

awesome!!! =D
yea Ctrl is enough

Anonymous said...

for my mac book pro it's option+two-finger scroll

Bard said...

Killer sweet!

MacNify said...

Thanks guys, for the comments. You guys are great!

The key combination can be customized in mouse settings under system preference, so you set it to whichever way that pleases your fingers :)

Anonymous said...

You can do the same thing with an iBook by using cmd+option+= to zoom in and cmd+option+- to zoom out.

Anonymous said...

First time MacBook owner, I was already pleased - now I have a stupid grin too.

Anonymous said...

And it doesn't just blow-up from the centre of the screen but from wherever the pointer is!

Hallandale Beacher said...

Cool! Thanks.
Keep the tips coming, I am a total newbie and need all the help I can get with my new macbook pro.

Anonymous said...

It seems insane that Apple won't put a second button on their laptops with menus to acces these functions instead of trying to remember all these crazy keypad combinations. (And no I don't want to carry an external mouse with me).

Anonymous said...

How do I stop the sliding around of the whole screen that this creates?

Anonymous said...

Very impressed, good job guys!

Anonymous said...

Nice one guys, very impressed...

Anonymous said...

i still can't figure out how to make it happen on my ibook G4.

Anonymous said...

what do you mean, mouse scroll button? my mouse has no button...nothing is happening when I move the mouse around on the pad - what am I doing wrong?

Anonymous said...

For MacBook Pro if you hold down "fn" and "crtl" and then move your mouse over the different windows on your screen it will blow up the one you click on.

Anonymous said...

Entirely too cool. I LOVE MACS!

Anonymous said...

zoom\(@.@)/
this is so cool

Anonymous said...

Another way to zoom in/out is OPTION + APPLE ICON and + or - Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, MacNify, for given me yet another reason to love my iMac! Please keep up the great work - it is appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! My husband doesn't have to have glasses at every computer in the house.

Anonymous said...

My eight year old said "Sweet" when I showed it to her. She started computer class in Kindergarten in a Mac dedicated school district. The rule in this five mac house is no one can have one better than mom. The school doesnt allow cell phones, Thank God. Engoy the NFC game. Treat America's Heroes with respect. The NEW ORLEANS Saints will never be called the Aints again if I have my way. I have red COWBOY boots on and my boy needed that. I love to see the CHICAGO BEARS. They are Chicago, you have too. Got to go, the HEROES need my voice in my family room as I know they can hear me in Chicago - at the Bears Game. I said Chicago to take the ring in the sixth week. I am either right or supporting the Heroes. I think I am going to be right. Chicago, on my Itunes, random, New York State of Mind. IF you have to ask, never mind, I am just in a New York State of Mind. 48 year old mom with her 8 year old mom with the macs and football. We love both. Kicked out the men to watch the game. Go Shopping. Don't go to the apple store.

KeyThing said...

This was something I discovered the first day of owning my macbookpro. I use a Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard that has a zoom toggle on the keyboard (between the two planes of keys). Of course, OSX knows about it, and knows exactly what to do with it.

The "cool factor" somes in when you use zoom in combination with screencapture or grab. Makes making relevant screen captures worthwhile.

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Anonymous said...

Can"t get my MacBook to do it with any of the keys mentioned here. Any suggestions? I could really use this tool!

Anonymous said...

I have a new MacBook...and the only one that I can make work is the ctrl+apple+ +(plus)

that zooms in on the area of the screen the mouse is pointed at. to zoom out, do the same, but use minus instead of plus.

Chris said...

Just CTRL for me as well. What a great tip, thanks!

Anonymous said...

ctrl + fn magnifies the font only.
ctrl alone magnifies the screen.

Anonymous said...

it doesnt work on my imac g5...

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!! I've been trying to figure out how to do this all week on my new imac. Some of the print is too hard for me too read. It works for me by just holding down the control button and scrolling in and out.

Fy in Dublin said...

like it! Cheers.

Silivrenwolf said...

I was wondering why it wasn't working. Saw someone else posted...

ctrl alone magnifies the screen

Now it works! Neat feature to know.

Anonymous said...

The iBook G4 users will enjoy trying Shift with Command key and the = or - key to enlarge or reduce screen. Works! Poozak

Anonymous said...

Actually, I'm on an 14" iBook 1.42Ghz, and I am able to hold the control key and do a two-finger scroll for the zoom effect. No extra keys necessary!

Anonymous said...

On MacBooks you press option apple + or - to make it zoom in. ctrl shift scroll doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference if you use the control and scroll (the page will move closer and will be blurred if too close). If you use the command (apple) bottom=n and the plus sign, the text is clearer and the page reformats and fits so you can read the whole page. Experiment and see what I mean.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. the last note I left, I meant the Apple button (not bottom=n) and the plus sign. Read my previous note.

Anonymous said...

tried each tip suggested and not one works on my powerbook g4, what is wrong?

Anonymous said...

on imacs you have to go to system preferences, universal access and turn it on first

Anonymous said...

what's up? It's been a month since you've posted something. I hope everything is well

Anonymous said...

This may sound stupid, but how do I make it stop & go back to normal? My scroll down is not working.

Caegan said...

I'm having the same problem as the anonymous 2:31 am post author. Cute trick, but I haven't been able to 'undo' the thing. Esc doesn't work. Repeating Shift-Ctrl, nada.
Help!
(Thanks)

Anonymous said...

Well, I cant seem to do that. Do you hold on shift or crtl first?

Anonymous said...

I've had this thing for a couple months now. I thought it would be cool to have some kind of 'tips and tricks' thing on my dashboard, but without a single update in all that time, it's pretty much static text.

neet idea. crappy follow through.

Anonymous said...

First of all to turn on this feature you have to turn on "Enable access for assistive devices" in "Universal Access" of Preferances. The other thing is that on your "Keyboard & Mouse" of Preferances you can set (on "Keyboard" tab) "Use the F1-F12 keys to control software features" option. If it is on, you will have to press "fn" key + "whatever the the other key is" (on my PB, I have to pres "ctrl" for zooming and "ctrl + option" for text resizing). That's why some of you don't have to use "fn" key. Cheers.

burdosqs said...

I'm using my PowerBook G4 and the trick did not work with the Ctrl button, I did it with the FN key and Shift together, and the two-finger scroll, it worked just fine, and this is great to know!!

burdosqs said...

Sory it's FN key and CTRL key together

Anonymous said...

OK. I think I finally figured this out. I have a POWERBOOK and use the TOUCHPAD (i.e., no mouse). To magnify the screen, press and hold the FN + CTRL keys and place TWO fingers on the touchpad (one finger will NOT work) and 'scroll' up with your fingers. The screen will magnify. 'Scroll' down, and it will return to the original size.

The key is to use TWO fingers while holding the indicated keys.

FYI: Using TWO fingers on the touchpad (not holding down any keys) will allow you to scoll up and down screen without having to drag the blue bar on the side on the screen with your pointer.

david said...

i like it. ta.

Anonymous said...

for the ibook g4 its option + command then click the add an subtract buttons next to the delete button.. an it will zoom in an out.. another cool feature is the negative feature... hold down.. ctrl+option+command+8 and itll turn everything to negative..

Anonymous said...

on a macbook you can press option, , and plus to make the whole screen magnify. Press option,  and minus to make it smaller.

Anonymous said...

what happened to this blog?

Anonymous said...

I have a Powerbook G4, and it worked with the tip someone posted above:

Hold down the Option key and the 
Press + to zoom (make bigger) or — to return to size

Artemis7

Anonymous said...

It Worked at first pressing shft and control on my old hp keyboard , but then didn't work with my mac keyboard, so I tried pressing F4 &control and know it does work again YIPPEE! oh and just control also does it...

Anonymous said...

Hi, i'd like to learn some more tricks! What about a new one? Cheers

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