How to zoom in and out of a programme in Windows

Red magnifying glass on blue computer screen

Use these keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out of some of your favouite programmes in Windows such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Word for easier viewing.

Keyboard only

Press and hold the Ctrl key and press the – (minus) key or + (plus) key to zoom out or in of a web page or document. The – and + keys next to the backspace key, and on the numeric keypad, can be used.

Reset the Zoom level

To reset the zoom back to the default view, press and hold the Ctrl key and press the 0 (zero) key.

Bonus tip

If you already have one hand on your mouse, you can also hold CTRL and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. On a laptop touchpad you can zoom in by placing two fingers together on the trackpad, then moving those fingers apart. You can zoom back out by placing two fingers separated on the trackpad, then bringing them together.