Zoom in or magnify your Chromebook screen

You can change your screen resolution, zoom in, or magnify your screen to find items on your Chromebook screen better.

Make a page bigger or smaller

You can make the page you look at bigger or smaller, but keep other parts of your screen the same size.
  • Make the page bigger: Press Ctrl and +.
  • Make the page smaller: Press Ctrl and -.
  • Reset zoom: Press Ctrl + 0.

Make everything on your screen bigger or smaller

You can make everything on your screen bigger or smaller, which includes your row of apps and tabs, by changing your screen resolution.
  • Make your screen bigger, decrease resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and +.
  • Make your screen smaller, increase resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and -.
  • Reset resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift + 0.
Tip: On your touchscreen, you can touch and hold an area with 2 fingers, and then pinch open to zoom in, or pinch close to zoom out.

Magnify your screen

You can zoom in on your screen, like when you use a magnifying glass.

Magnify your whole screen

To quickly magnify your entire screen, press Ctrl + Search + m or press Ctrl + Launcher + m.
To manage screen magnification:
  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
    • Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.
  3. Under "Display," turn on Full screen magnifier.
  4. Choose how you want to move around the magnified screen.
    • Move around continuously: Turn Move screen continuously as mouse moves on.
    • Keep your mouse centered: Turn Move screen keeping mouse at center of screen on.
    • Move the screen when the mouse touches the edge: Turn Move screen when mouse touches edge of screen on.
  5. To choose your zoom level, next to "Fullscreen zoom level," select Down arrow .
Tips:
  • To move around, press Ctrl + Alt + Up , Down , Left , or Right . You can also press Tab to move from item to item on your screen.
  • In full screen zoom mode on your touchscreen, use 2 fingers to move around the screen.

Magnify part of your screen

You can find the magnified section at the top third of your screen. Your default screen shows underneath. To magnify the top section of your screen, press Ctrl + Search + d or press Ctrl + Launcher + d.
  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
    • Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings  and then Accessibility.
  3. Under "Display," turn on Docked magnifier.
  4. To choose your zoom level, next to "Docked zoom level," select Down arrow .
  5. To change the part that’s magnified, move your cursor or press Tab.
Tip: When you type at the bottom section of your screen, it’s zoomed in at the top of your screen.

Change the magnification level

  • Increase magnification: Press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness up .
    • You can also press Ctrl + Alt, then scroll with 2 fingers up on the touchpad.
  • Decrease magnification: Press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness down .
    • You can also press Ctrl + Alt, then scroll with 2 fingers down.

Magnify the words you hear

When you read text aloud with Select-to-speak, the screen magnifier automatically follows the words, so you don’t lose your place.

Important: Review your settings first.

  1. In the “Accessibility” settings, select Display and magnification.
  2. Turn on either:
    • Docked magnifier
    • Full-screen magnifier
  3. Go back to “Accessibility” settings, select Text-to-speech and then Select-to-speak. Learn how to use Select-to-speak.

To magnify the words you hear:

  1. On your Chromebook, open a page you’d like to read.
  2. On the page you’d like to read:
    • Adjust your preferred zoom level with Ctrl + Alt + Brightness up and Ctrl + Alt + Brightness down .
      • You can adjust the docked zoom level in the "Accessibility" settings. Under “Display and magnification,” next to “Docked zoom level,” select your preferred zoom level.
    • Select the text you want to read out and then Select-to-speak or Search + S.

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