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Changing the zoom level ★

You can display the whole image in the document window or magnify part of it to work on a small detail. The current zoom level percentage is listed in four locations: on the Application bar, on the document title bar or tab, in the lower left corner of the tabbed or floating document window, and on the Navigator panel.

To change the zoom level using the Zoom tool: ★

  1. Choose the Zoom tool zoom-tool.jpg from the Toolbox or Application bar, or hold down Z for a temporary Zoom tool.
  2. Optional: To allow a floating document window to resize as you zoom, check Resize Windows to Fit on the Options bar. It can enlarge only to the edge of the first panel dock on the right side of your screen.
  3. Do any of the following:

    To zoom in, click in the document window,A or drag a marquee across an area to magnify that area.

    To zoom out, Alt-click/Option-click in the document window.B

    Click the Zoom Level field (to the left of the Zoom Level menu) on the Application bar or at the bottom of the document window, type the desired zoom percentage, then press Enter/Return.

    Right-click/Control-click in the document window and choose a zoom option from the context menu.

    To set the zoom level to 100%, click Actual Pixels on the Options bar.

    To display the entire image at the largest size that fits between the Tools panel (left) and panel docks (right)—and also inside the Application frame, if displayed—click Fit Screen on the Options bar.

    Click Print Size on the Options bar to display the image at an approximation of its print size.

  • Read about the Zoom Preferences on page 388.

By using the Navigator panel, you can change the zoom level of an image. When the zoom level is higher than 100%, you can also use the panel to move the image in the document window, to bring an area you want to edit or examine into view.

To change the zoom level or move the image in its window by using the Navigator panel:

  1. Display the Navigator panel.navigator-panel-icon.jpg
  2. Panel features are shown below in Figure A.

Another way to move a magnified image in the document window is by using the Hand tool.

To move a magnified image in its window by using the Hand tool: ★

  • Choose the Hand tool from the Tools panel or the Application bar or hold down H for a temporary Hand tool, then drag in the document window.B
  • You can also move a magnified image in the document window by clicking the up or down scroll arrow in the lower right corner of the document window or, to move the image more quickly, by dragging the horizontal or vertical scroll bar.
  • If you’re working on an OpenGL system (you lucky devil), do a quick little drag, then release, on a magnified image. The document will float across the screen; click again to stop the motion. For this to work, Enable OpenGL Drawing must be checked in Preferences > Performance and Enable Flick Panning must be checked in Preferences > General.

If you have multiple documents open (say, in a 2-Up or 3-Up layout), you can save time by scrolling or zooming all of them simultaneously.

To scroll or zoom in multiple windows:

  1. Open two or more documents, then on the Arrange Documents menu,arrange-docs-menu-icon.jpg click a 2-Up, 3-Up, 4-Up, 5-Up, or 6-Up button. ★
  2. Do either of the following:

    To scroll or zoom all the open Photoshop document windows, hold down Shift while dragging with the Hand tool or while zooming with the Zoom tool (or via a keyboard shortcut).

    Check Scroll All Windows on the Options bar before using the Hand tool or check Zoom All Windows on the Options bar before using the Zoom tool.

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