This tip is courtesy this Lifehacker post and applies to all Windows 7 and Vista users. There may be times when zooming in on a program or item on the screen is desirable. In my daily life, I often zoom in when I am showing something on my screen to another person. These keyboard shortcuts make it really quick and easy to zoom in and out using the Magnifier tool in Windows 7 and Vista:
- Windows key and + will zoom in in 100% increments
- Windows key and – will zoom back out
With the Magnifier tool up, the following shortcuts are available, according to Lifehacker:
- CTRL + L to bring up the lens display view
- CTRL + D to dock the magnification area.
- CTRL + F brings you back to the full screen mode.
For many other applications (regardless of your Windows version):
If I am using Word, Excel, Acrobat, or any number of other applications, I use CTRL + scroll wheel to zoom in and out of a document. This shortcut does not work on ALL programs, but it is very useful when it does.