How to Zoom in on iMac

How to Zoom in on iMac


Learn how to zoom in on your iMac’s screen with ease using built-in accessibility features. In this article, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to enable and control zoom functionality, making it easier to view content and enhance your iMac experience.

Using the zoom feature on an iMac

Zooming in on your iMac’s screen is a helpful accessibility feature that allows you to magnify content for better visibility and readability. Whether you have visual impairments or simply need to enlarge certain elements, the iMac provides built-in tools to make this process seamless. Follow this comprehensive guide to enable and control zoom functionality on your iMac:

  1. Enable Zoom in Accessibility Settings: To get started, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your iMac’s screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. In the System Preferences window, click on “Accessibility.”
  2. Navigate to Zoom: In the Accessibility menu, select “Zoom” from the left sidebar. Here, you’ll find various options to customize the zoom settings according to your preferences.
  3. Choose Zoom Type: Under the “Zoom Style” section, you can select the type of zoom you prefer. The options include “Full Screen,” which magnifies the entire screen, or “Window,” which allows you to zoom in on a specific area. Choose the one that suits your needs best.
  4. Adjust Zoom Level: To control the zoom level, move the “Zoom In” and “Zoom Out” sliders to increase or decrease the magnification. Alternatively, you can use the “Option” key and scroll up or down on your mouse or trackpad to adjust the zoom level.
  5. Enable Follow Focus: If you enable “Follow Focus,” the zoomed-in area will automatically track your mouse or keyboard focus, ensuring that you can easily navigate and interact with magnified content.
  6. Zoom In and Out: Once you’ve configured your zoom settings, you can use them by pressing the designated keyboard shortcut. By default, pressing “Option + Command + Equals (=)” ( ⌥ + ⌘ += )will zoom in, while “Option + Command + Minus (-)” ( ⌥ + ⌘ + – )  will zoom out.
  7. Control Center Zoom: If you prefer quick access to zoom controls, enable the “Use Control Center” option in the Zoom settings. This adds a zoom control icon to your Control Center in the menu bar for easy toggling.
  8. Enable Smart Zoom: For web browsing and some applications, you can use the “Smart Zoom” feature. Double-tap with two fingers on your trackpad, or double-tap and hold the second tap to zoom in, then double-tap again to zoom out.
  9. Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts: In the Zoom settings, you can customize keyboard shortcuts for specific zoom functions, making it even more convenient to control magnification.

By following these steps, you can effortlessly zoom in on your iMac’s screen and customize the zoom settings to accommodate your specific needs. Whether you need to enlarge text, images, or interface elements, the built-in zoom functionality of your iMac ensures a more comfortable and accessible computing experience.

Adjust fullscreen zoom on Mac

Zooming in on your Mac’s screen can be an incredibly useful tool when reading small text or even when you just want to take a closer look at something. With the right amount of magnification, it can help you not only see better but also work more efficiently. Fortunately, Mac users have the possibility to customize their fullscreen zoom so that they can find the perfect balance between visibility and usability.

The first step is configuring how much or little magnification you would like, which can be adjusted with just one click in System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom. From there, you may specify how the screen moves when enlarged, as well as choose whether or not system notifications appear in fullscreen mode. Also, by enabling Advanced options in the Zoom panel, you have access to other features such as detaching temporary zoom view from cursor and setting keyboard shortcuts to increase and decrease magnification quickly and easily. With these customization options available at your disposal, it’s easy to tailor fullscreen view for any situation and find an ideal solution for your needs.