How Do I Zoom Out of My Desktop in Vista?

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How Do I Zoom Out of My Desktop in Vista?
Leaning the zoom function in Vista is simple. (computer image by Blaine stiger from

Windows Vista has a neat feature that lets you zoom in on what you are looking at on your computer. This is a useful feature when you are looking at old photographs or deciding what font to use during a marketing campaign. It takes about 30 seconds to learn this feature and get used to using it.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Go to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard.

  3. 3

    Move your scroll-wheel on your mouse towards you. This will zoom in on items on your desktop.

  4. 4

    Move your mouse around and the your point of view on your desktop will move with it.

  5. 5

    Try it with a document or web page open now. Remember to press and hold down your "Ctrl" key on your keyboard.

  6. 6

    Move your scroll-wheel all the way to the original view. Let go of the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard. This will return you to the normal view.

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