6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2007 1:45 AM by Roger Wilmut1
NickToast Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there anyway to zoom in and out (in Draw particularly) with a keyboard action of some sort - ideally the +- keys. I have another application (Osmond Quartz) which does this and it is so useful, it also scrolls around a document using the cursor keys which would be useful in AW. Thanks in advance, Nick.

imac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Sagesse Level 5 Level 5 (6,685 points)
    As far as I can tell, there is no keyboard shortcut for this. I'm betting you could write an AppleScript to do this.

    If you wan to see what keyboard shortcuts there are. open AppleWorks Help and typs "keyboard" in the search box.
  • DanDMan35 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Apple + Option + 8, to turn on Zoom

    Then, Apple + Option + =/-, to Zoom in and out.
  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,470 points)
    DanDMan writes:

    "Apple + Option + 8, to turn on Zoom

    "Then, Apple + Option + =/-, to Zoom in and out."


    Thanks for the wider focus, Dan.

    Zoom is a Universal Access feature of OS X, and is not AppleWorks specific (which is why it didn't show up in Sagesse's search of AW Help). It works in all applications. You can find more options to control Zoom (and other Universal Access features) in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

    Command-option-8 is a toggle; it switches Zoom on or off, depending on the current state.

    Regards,
    Barry
  • Anthony Eastwood Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    If you have a Mighty Mouse, holding down the control key and rolling the mouse scroll ball forward will zoom in, without having to resort to the Universal Access function as suggested in other answers to your question. If you have a new MacBook you can use two fingers on the trackpad, while holding down the control key, to zoom in and out. As with the ball on the Mighty Mouse, push forward for zoom and pull back to reverse the zoom.

    The scroll wheel on other mice may also allow the zoom function, but I have yet to try this.

    Zooming using either of the methods suggested means that part of your active desktop will disappear off the edge of the screen, which can feel awkward. Zooming within the active document is still only available using the two small 'mountain-like' symbols at the bottom left of all AppleWorks document windows.

    I hope this makes sense.
  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,470 points)
    "If you have a new MacBook you can use two fingers on the trackpad, while holding down the control key, to zoom in and out. As with the ball on the Mighty Mouse, push forward for zoom and pull back to reverse the zoom."

    This also works using an iBookG4 and Tiger. I suspect it will work under Tiger for any portable that supports two finger scrolling.

    Thanks for the tip, Anthony!

    Regards,
    Barry
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (72,480 points)
    The zoom in Tiger merely enlarges the screen image, leading eventually to pixellation. You would be better off with the AW zoom since it redraws in detail at the larger size.