Zoom in or magnify your Chromebook screen

To see items on your Chromebook screen better, you can change your screen resolution, zoom in, or magnify your screen. 

Make a page bigger or smaller

You can make the page you're looking at bigger or smaller, but keep other parts of your screen the same size. 

  • To make the page bigger: Press Ctrl and Plus Zoom in.
  • To make the page smaller: Press Ctrl and Minus Zoom out.
  • Reset zoom: Press Ctrl + 0.

You can also make all pages bigger or change the font size.

Make everything on your screen bigger or smaller

You can make everything on your screen bigger or smaller, including your row of apps and tabs, by changing your screen resolution.  

  • To make your screen bigger, decrease resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and Plus Zoom in.
  • To make your screen smaller, increase resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and Minus Zoom out.
  • Reset resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift + 0.

Note: On a touchscreen, touch and hold an area with two fingers. Then spread them apart to zoom in, or pinch them together to zoom out. 

Magnify your screen

You can zoom in on your screen, like you're using a magnifying glass.

Magnify your whole screen

To quickly magnify your entire screen, press Ctrl + Search + m, or follow the steps below.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Display," turn on Enable fullscreen magnifier.
  6. To choose your zoom level, next to "Fullscreen zoom level," select Down arrow Down Arrow.

Tip: On a touchscreen, use two fingers to move around the screen after zooming in.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Magnify part of your screen

You’ll see the magnified section in the top third of your screen. Your default screen will show underneath. To quickly magnify the top section of your screen, press Ctrl + Search + d, or follow the steps below.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Display," turn on Enable docked magnifier.
  6. To choose your zoom level, next to "Docked zoom level," select Down arrow Down Arrow.
  7. At the top of your screen, you’ll see the zoomed in area. To change what's magnified, move your cursor.

Note: When you type in the bottom section of the screen, you’ll see what you’re typing at the top, just zoomed in.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Change the magnification level or move around

  • To increase magnification: Press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness up Increase brightness. You can also press Ctrl + Alt, then scroll with two fingers up on the touchpad.
  • To decrease magnification: Press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness down Decrease brightness. You can also Press Ctrl + Alt, then scroll with two fingers down.
  • To move the magnified view around: Move your cursor in any direction. You can also press Tab to move from item to item on your screen.

Tip: On a touchscreen, touch and hold an area with two fingers. Then spread them apart to zoom in, or pinch them together to zoom out to change the magnification level.

Get more help 

How to use screen magnification on your Chromebook