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. 

Make a specific page bigger or smaller

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

  • Zoom in (make things bigger): Press Ctrl and Plus Zoom in.
  • Zoom out (make things 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

To make everything on your screen bigger or smaller (including your row of apps and tabs), change your Chromebook screen resolution:

  • Make things bigger (decrease resolution): Press Ctrl + Shift and Plus Zoom in.
  • Make things smaller (increase resolution): Press Ctrl + Shift and Minus Zoom out.
  • Reset resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift + 0.

Note: If your Chromebook has 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

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

Tip: If you are on a touchscreen, use two fingers to move around the screen.

Magnify part of your screen

You’ll see the magnified section in the top third of your screen. Your default screen will show underneath.

  1. Click your account photo or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Display," turn on Enable docked magnifier.
  6. To choose your zoom level, next to "Docked zoom level," click Down arrow Down Arrow.
  7. At the top of your screen, you’ll see the zoomed in area. To move the zoom, 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.

Zoom in, zoom out, or move around

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

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Making Your Chromebook Easier to See

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