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Why on earth doesn’t MS Word have zoom in or zoom out options?

December 13, 2008

Time for a rant.

I can’t be the only person on earth annoyed about how MS Word doesn’t have the options to (let alone have any keyboard shortcuts for) zooming in/out by a certain increment. If you use Adobe Reader/Photoshop you will know what I’m talking about. Open up a PDF -> “oh, looks kinda small”, you think -> “Ctrl+=” -> Done!

But on MS Word 2007, to do the same you have to move your mouse all the way to a tiny slider at the bottom right of the screen to zoom in/out, and there’s no keyboard shortcuts to do this! I tried customizing my keyboard shortcuts to do this, but, alas, there was no command to zoom in/out. There were only commands like “Zoom100”, “ViewZoomPageWidth”.

Granted, you probably won’t have to zoom in/out in MS Word as often as in Adobe Reader, but I’ve still found it annoying enough to write a blog post about it. What do you think?

EDIT: Found just what I needed: http://word.tips.net/Pages/T001734_Zooming_With_the_Keyboard.html. Still sad that there’s no default for this in Word though.

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