Microsoft Word is adding shortcuts for zooming
Microsoft Word is adding shortcuts for zooming: Microsoft Word has provided a zoom slider for enlarging and shrinking documents for many years, but convenient shortcuts for zooming have never been available. That has finally changed.
Microsoft has announced that they are currently testing zoom shortcuts in the Microsoft 365 Insider Program (previously known as the Office Insider Program). Pressing Ctrl and the minus key will shrink the document, and pressing Ctrl and the plus key will zoom in, similar to most web browsers and web-based Word applications. The shortcut Ctrl+0 will return to the default zoom level of 100%, and holding down the Control key while scrolling the mouse wheel will also zoom in and out. These shortcuts will also work on Mac computers, but with the Command key instead of Control.
The company explained in a blog post, “In the case of shortcuts, industry standards differ from Word’s initial implementation of these features. Indeed, users expect Ctrl + +/- to zoom, so when this doesn’t work, the experience can be frustrating. The Word team has heard about this issue from users, so we are updating the shortcuts as direct feedback to address this. Accessibility is a top priority for Word, and we want to make the zoom experience as seamless as possible.”
Microsoft is also exploring a keyboard shortcut for Word to paste unformatted text, following the current standard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V (Cmd+Shift+V on Mac), and the updated zoom controls are another step in that direction. There will also be settings options to revert everything to the previous behavior, as the new zoom and paste shortcuts replace other actions assigned to those keys.
The new zoom options are available to participants in the Microsoft 365 Insider Program running Word version 16.0.15831.20174 and above on Windows, and Word version 16.67.1113.0 and above on Mac. Once any remaining issues are resolved, it will be rolled out to everyone.