Why Does My Dell Laptop Zoom While I'm Typing?

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Why Does My Dell Laptop Zoom While I'm Typing?
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Frustrations rise any time the touchpad on a laptop behaves in unexpected ways. The default settings on some Dell laptops can cause unwanted zooming, for example, that is distracting and a pain to fix. Luckily, changing the setting is easy.

Why Dell Laptops Zoom

Dell laptops that zoom unexpectedly use a default setting in the Dell Touchpad application. When "zoom" is enabled on the touchpad, accidentally zooming the screen becomes all too easy. Dell calls this the "single finger zoom" feature.

How to Zoom with the Touchpad

When the single touch zoom is enabled on your laptop, you zoom by pushing upward or downward with your finger on the left side of the touch pad. This increases the size of text on websites as well as in Word documents. To zoom back to regular text sizes in Internet Explorer, click on "Page" in the menu bar and then select "Zoom." Change the zoom settings to "100%." In Microsoft Word, go to "View" in the menu bar and choose "Zoom." Again, change the setting to 100%.

How to Disable Zooming

Double-click the touchpad icon in the icon tray, located near the clock on your Start bar. Click on "Scroll & Zoom Settings." Next to the words "Enable Zoom," click on the check box to uncheck it. Click "Apply" and then "Okay" at the bottom. Now, single touch zoom is disabled, and unexpected zooming will be eliminated.

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