10.4.8 and three-finger zooming

by Giles Turnbull

One of the nice new features in OS X 10.4.8, released this week, was the improved zooming technique using a mouse scroll wheel; hold down Control and scroll, and everything on screen zooms in and out very nicely.

I just noticed this evening that the same trick applies when you're using the two-finger scroll trick on a notebook computer's trackpad; try holding down control while you two-finger scroll. Everything zooms. Three-finger zooming.

I use the zoom feature quite a lot, usually to concentrate on a paragraph of text I'm reading or writing. It's one of those things, like Quicksilver, that I miss most when I'm using someone else's Windows machine. The new keyboard command for it is much more convenient that Command+Option 8 - which still works, incidentally.


2006-10-03 13:31:15
This trick also works if you hold Control while moving the scroll wheel on a USB mouse.
2006-10-03 13:32:16
Never mind my previous comment. It looks like you already mentioned that.
2006-10-03 13:37:46
The control mouse zoom was possible in 10.4.7.
Ben Hollis
2006-10-03 15:27:14
Don't you also miss Quicksilver when you're using another person's Mac that doesn't have Quicksilver? I mean, it doesn't come in the box...

I certainly miss Colibri (kinda like Quicksilver for Windows) when I use a Windows box that doesn't have it.

2006-10-03 16:28:22
Here's to hoping (against hope?) that in Leopard, onscreen text will zoom all smooth & pretty. What are the chances?
2006-10-04 00:40:37
What do you guys actually use quicksilver for? I only use it to start apps that i don't often use. Am i missing the key function of this program?
2006-10-04 06:38:59
I didn't know this - awesome tip!


2006-10-04 07:47:19
It also works on my Windows box at work (although I'm using a Mighty Mouse with this machine, but I doubt it has anything to do with it).
2006-10-04 09:35:24
@Yama - Check out the Quicksilver-related posts on 43 Folders (http://www.43folders.com/category/quicksilver/). If you navigate to the earliest posts, they are likely to be the most helpful. It's worth scanning the forums at Blacktree.com as well.

While launching seldom-used apps is handy, launching frequently used apps is a lot more handy. I don't bother with the dock any more except for drag and drop-- even that can be done by QS, but I just haven't gotten in the habit.

When QS really starts to shine is using it for more than just launching-- looking up addresses, appending text to files, etc. While writing this I took a phone call, used QS stop iTunes before I picked up the phone and then again to bring up my calendar. Once the call was done, I started iTunes again, and sent a one-line email to my girlfriend. Other than looking at my calendar in iCal, none of those actions required me to change apps or take my hands off the keyboard.