How to Zoom a Web Page

Even the eye wants its part, it's true… but some sites exaggerate! Who knows how many times it will have happened to you too to come across web pages with writings so small as to be almost illegible: a real nuisance, right? Then let me give you a hand.

Through today's guide, I will reveal some useful keyboard shortcuts and I will point out some browser add-ons that allow you to increase the magnification level of Internet sites in an easy and fast way, so that you no longer have to strain your eyes unnecessarily to read. the texts reproduced on the screen. Are you ready? So here it is how to zoom a web page "on the fly".

Let's start this guide on how to zoom a web page from the simplest things, but perhaps even more effective. If you don't need particularly advanced functions, you can zoom the pages of any website with any web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome o Firefox whatever) using these simple keyboard / mouse shortcuts:

  • Ctrl ++ (plus symbol) - increases the magnification level of the page.
  • Ctrl + - (minus symbol) - decreases the page magnification level.
  • Ctrl+0 – resets the page zoom level to the default value (100%).
  • Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel up - increases the magnification level of the page.
  • Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel down - decreases the page magnification level.

If you have a latest generation notebook with updated Synaptics drivers, you can also zoom web pages by performing the classic "pinch" that is used on touch-screens on the trackpad Of computer. Up Poppy the same keyboard shortcuts apply as for Windows PCs, but the key must be used cmd in place of Ctrl.

If you want zoom a web page with Google Chrome, you can use the shortcuts above or turn to a couple of free extensions that I recommend you consider. The first is simply called Zoom and, once installed, is positioned in the browser toolbar. By clicking on its icon, it is then possible to increase or decrease the zoom level of the Web pages using a convenient adjustment bar and buttons ([+], [-] e Default) which are much easier to use than keyboard shortcuts.

The second add-on that might come in handy is Zoom Text Only, which, as the name easily suggests, allows you to zoom in on text only on web pages without zooming in on other elements. To use it, just install it and use the keyboard key combinations provided to increase or decrease the size of the text (Alt + = to zoom the text, Alt + - to make the writings smaller ed Alt + 0 to restore the default zoom). If you want, you can also change the keyboard shortcuts used by the extension by clicking on its icon, typing the combinations you want to use in the appropriate text fields and clicking on the button Save. Both add-ons "remember" the zoom settings chosen for the various sites.

I have a couple of good extensions to recommend as well Firefox. If you do not want to strain your eyes unnecessarily when browsing the Internet with the Mozilla home browser, install NoSquint. It is a very useful add-on that “intelligently” adjusts the size of text on web pages so that it is comfortable to read and not too small. It also supports zooming of entire web pages (not just text) and “remembers” the zoom settings chosen by the user for each site.

Another add-on that might come in handy is Zoom Page, which like Zoom for Chrome adds practical buttons [+] e [-] to adjust the magnification level of the pages on the browser toolbar. To be installed if you don't get along very well with keyboard shortcuts.