FAQ: Internet Browser Zoom And You
Internet browsers (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and so on) feature zoom controls that make items on the screen appear large and easier to see or read. At the same, having a zoomed-in view can distort elements per webpage making some items hard to see or forces you to scroll in order to view certain sections. Below is an example of a drawback to having a less than optimal zoomed-in view on the Time Card Details screen in ExakTime Connect.
Notice both the sidebar and the Time Card sections are bigger but show far less information when zoomed in too close. While one may page look fine when zoomed, other may not. The more elements on a screen, the likelihood of less than optimal views increase.
You can use universal keyboard shortcuts to control the zoom in commonly used browsers. For PC, use CTRL plus the + or - keys to zoom in or zoom out respectively. For Mac, use CMD plus the + or - keys to control the zoom.
Browser Specific Zoom Controls
Zooming Controls in Google Chrome
To access the onscreen controls in Google Chrome, do the following:
- In the top right hand corner of your Google window, look for three vertical dots
- Click them to open the menu and look for the zoom controls shown below:
Using the - or +, you can decrease or increase the screen zoom respectively. The segmented square icon is used for making your window fullscreen; use F11 to escape fullscreen mode. The same controls exist with the Mac version.
Zooming in Firefox
Like Chrome, you can find the zoom for Firefox in the menu located in the top right hand corner of the window.
- Look for the hamburger menu icon (or three stacked vertical lines/bars) in the top right; click it
- Find the zoom controls shown below
Using Zoom in Microsoft Edge
In Microsoft Edge:
- Find and click the three horizontal dots in the top right hand corner
- Look for the zoom controls shown below
Using Zoom in Internet Explorer
To find the Internet Explorer specific zoom controls:
- Find and click the the 'Gear' icon in the top right
- In the contextual menu, hover over Zoom (100%)
- Note, the listed percentage changes based on your current zoom level
- Use the subsequent menu to control your zoom setting
- Zoom in or CTRL+ : Increase your zoom by 25% each time
- Zoom out or CTRL- : Decrease your zoom by 25% each time
- 400% - 50% : Set your zoom to that specific percentage
- CTRL 0 : Set your zoom to the default 100%
- Note, the menu does not need to be open to set the zoom using keyboard shortcuts
How to Zoom in Safari
Safari primarily relies on the keyboard shortcuts (CMD + or CMD -). You can find the onscreen controls by going to View as shown below.
Like Internet Explorer, use the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons to increase or decrease your zoom incrementally.