The Zoom Tool magnifies or "zooms in" on part of the canvas and, conversely, "zooms out".
Because of its utility, zooming can be accomplished from the Tool Commands Bar, the keyboard or the mouse (or a combination thereof), and often does not require the Zoom Tool to be activated.
The Zoom Tool can be activated in the following ways:
by pressing F3
Zooming in sets the zoom factor to a higher lever so that one can see more detail and work more precisely.
You can zoom in by:
- Left Clicking on the canvas with the Zoom Tool active
- Left Click + Drag to select the area of the image you want to zoom into
- Press + (Shift + =)
- Hold Ctrl + Roll Mouse Wheel up
- Press Middle Mouse Button
Unzooming (or Zooming out) can be used to have a larger view of the drawing or area.
You can unzoom by:
- Right Clicking on the canvas with the Zoom Tool active
- Press - (minus)
- Hold Ctrl + Roll Mouse Wheel down
- Press Shift + Middle Click
Displays the drawing at real pixel size. This way a banner drawing (for example) which is 468 pixels wide, will be 468 pixels on screen. This zoom level can also be activated by pressing 1.
NOTE: If the Inkscape window is smaller than the image, some part of the drawing may be invisible, drag with the Middle Mouse Button to pan around the image.
Displays the drawing at half the real pixel size. This way a Banner drawing which is 468 pixels wide, will be 234 pixels on screen. The keyboard shortcut for this zoom level is 2.
Just displays the drawing at twice the real pixel size. This way a Banner drawing which is 468 pixels wide, will be 936 pixels on screen.
The selected area will fill the entire Inkscape window. This can also be achieved by pressing 3.
The zoom level will be adjusted to fit all existing drawing elements in the window. Click on the icon or press 4.
Best to have a complete overview of the page and work on a layout, makes the whole page fit the window size depending on the orientation. Pressing 5 does the same action.
This is similar to zooming to fit page in window, however if the orientation is portrait Inkscape will go in closer to fill the window with the page width. Gives a better result than previous with landscape drawing. Press 6 to activate it with keyboard.
Move back to the previous zoom factor, as saved in the zoom history. Inkscape now preserves the history of zoom settings for each document. The ` key restores previous zoom; pressing ` repeatedly will guide you through all the zoom settings you've used in this session.
Goes back to the next zoom factor, as saved in the zoom history, especially when previous zoom has just be used. Shift + ` also moves forward in the zoom history.
Shift is diminishing zoom factor.
Middle click zooms in, Shift + middle click zooms out (in addition to middle button + drag which pans canvas).
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