How to zoom with a laptop keyboard

Written by catie carter
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How to zoom with a laptop keyboard
Zoom in and out by pressing the laptop buttons. (keyboard image by Fyerne from

Squinting at your laptop trying to read print that is simply too small can result in frustration and headaches.The zoom feature in Windows works in 10% increments and can go from 10% to 1000%, allowing you to find the perfect size for your needs. Whether you need to zoom in or out, it is a simple process on a laptop with Microsoft Windows. The solution to your zoom problems is, quite literally, at your fingertips.

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  1. 1

    Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your laptop keyboard. There are "Ctrl" buttons on both sides of your keyboard, you can use either one.

  2. 2

    Press the plus "+" button while still holding down the "Ctrl" button. Each press of the "+" button will zoom the screen in 10%. Continue pressing the "+" button until you find the perfect setting for the page you are trying to view.

  3. 3

    Press the minus "-" button, located next to the plus button, while holding down the "Ctrl" button. Each press of the "-" button will cause the screen to zoom out 10%.

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