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Was screen zoom removed from OS X Lion?

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  • AJD1170 Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2011 3:40 PM (in response to SuAlfons)

    How did you access the page shown in your screen shot?  It does not appear in any of the tabs when I open Universal Access from System Preferences.

  • AJD1170 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Aug 17, 2011 7:25 PM (in response to SuAlfons)

    Is BTT a third-party application?

  • SuAlfons Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2011 10:12 PM (in response to AJD1170)

    Yes, of course, BTT is a 3rd party tool. Imagine an Apple program calling itself BETTER touch tool :-) :-) I just thought, everybody uses this.


    But I found out after posting here, it had nothing to do with the issue.

    Zoom still quits working most of the time after sleep state. Bringing up a screensaver via hot corner fixes it.

  • sinik Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2011 9:19 AM (in response to SuAlfons)

    My screen zoom back in Snow Leopard was set up with Option+Two fingers swipe up/down. However now randomly in Lion (as they removed the three finger swipe left/right to go back and forward in web pages) that combination has become 'going backward and forward in web pages' and to make matters worse it is very buggy.


    Anyone else having this issue? Seems like for everyone else it's connected to the screensaver. I'm going to try the Universal Access thing.

  • moosio Calculating status...
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    Aug 21, 2011 6:33 PM (in response to Ferguzz)

    Man, Snow Lepard had this checkbox clicked by default.  Why Apple, why did this not happen for Lion?

  • _Eric_ Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Aug 22, 2011 7:18 AM (in response to Dalar)

    Zoom only works for me if I plug in a "regular" mouse, if I use the magic mouse or magic trackpad, then zoom for whatever reason doesn't work!


    Apple needs to fix this bug ASAP.

  • KWKirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 10:36 PM (in response to sinik)

    I thought I was going crazy, but it's working fine.


    I did have to enable it in Universal Access, but other than that, it works.  I forgot that it required TWO fingers + Control key.  I tested this on both my Magic Mouse and my Track Pad.  Works great and I am even running "My Living Desktop" on this iMac without issue (kind of like a full-time screen saver that puts video on your desktop).


    I did see some weird behavior when I enabled it.  The screen would zoom in immediately.  I had to turn on "Zoom in Window", then turn off zooming, then disable zoom in window, then turn on zooming. Very odd, but no issues since.  * I found I could have unzoomed with the control/swipe, but I didnt figure that out until after. 


    I don't feel that the change from scroll wheel to two fingers is obvious, thats why I am posting here.  Thanks to sinik for slapping me across the face with the obvious.

  • mmelin411 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to Dalar)

    alt+cmd+two-finger-gesture is working for me on lion!!

  • sinik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 8:21 PM (in response to mmelin411)

    Happened to do a fresh reformat today (zero out)..just installed everything one by one: my Mac OS X CD that came with the laptop (10.6 I believe) -> did all the possible updates (updated, restarted, updated again, restarted) -> re-downloaded Lion and installed it -> did all the possible updates.


    I can do the normal screen zoom again with my old key combination. Strange. But I'm not going to tinker with it!

  • Dave Calderbank Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:00 AM (in response to Dalar)

    Just got my new iMac a week ago. Zoom with mighty mouse (ctrl+scroll) works, but stops working after system sleep. Logging out and in again makes it function again. Guess it's just some glitch that Apple needs to fix in 10.7.2.

  • jake4700 Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2011 3:27 PM (in response to Dave Calderbank)

    The problem is SLEEP.  I've reported to  But the more of us that do the faster it will be fixed.  Very frustrating.

  • KWKirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 11:47 PM (in response to jake4700)

    That may be one cause.  I never turn my iMac off, so it sleeps quite a bit. Right now I can Command+2 Finger Scroll and it zooms just fine and the box has been up for 3 days (lots of sleep time transitions in there).  I swear that sometimes that doesnt even work, but I can't imagine why sleep would be the culprit.  It's very inconsistent.

  • KEForex Calculating status...
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    Nov 27, 2011 4:06 PM (in response to KWKirchner)

    This just *****. I don't like Lion so far. Have been using Snow 10.6.8 without any glitches for a long time now. I installed Lion and just the zoom feature not being there all the time was enough for me to go back to 10.6.8.


    Gestures in a laptop don't make any sense in my opinion. This whole iOS wanna be thing on more serious platforms like Macbook Pro (mine) and Mac Pro is useless.


    I also noticed Lion is a lot slower than 10.6.8 and it takes all the disk space for its auto-save function. For people like me that use the machine for multi-track music recording that's a no-no. Even with 8Gb of RAM and SSD hard drive, Lion is plenty slow compared to Snow Leopard.


    But anyways, I use this control-two finger zoom feature all the time, and when it didn't work on Lion, I didn't hesitate in rolling back to 10.6.8.

  • KWKirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 27, 2011 4:22 PM (in response to KWKirchner)

    Now Command + Single Finger scroll on my Magic Mouse does the zoom... what the heck..


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