Microsoft Word is adding keyboard shortcuts for zooming

Microsoft Word has offered a slider to zoom in and out of documents for many years, but there have never been convenient keyboard shortcuts for zooming. That is finally changing.

Microsoft announced that it is now testing zoom keyboard shortcuts in the Microsoft 365 Insider Program (formerly the Office Insider Program). Pressing Ctrl and the minus key will zoom out, and pressing Ctrl and the plus key will zoom in, just like with most web browsers and the Word web app. The Ctrl+0 shortcut will return to 100% zoom, and holding down the Control key while scrolling the mouse wheel will also zoom in and out. Those 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 keyboard shortcuts, the industry standard has deviated from Word’s initial implementation of these features. In fact, users expect Ctrl + +/– to zoom in and out, so when this doesn’t work, the experience can be frustrating. The Word team has heard about this issue from users, so we’re updating the keyboard shortcuts in direct response to this feedback. Accessibility is a priority for Word and we want to make the zooming experience as seamless as possible.”

Microsoft is also working on a keyboard shortcut for Word that pastes text without formatting, which follows the now-standard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V (Cmd+Shift+V on Mac), and the updated zoom controls are another step in that address. There will also be configuration options to revert everything to the previous behavior, as the new zoom and paste shortcuts override other actions that were configured for those keys.

The new zoom options are available to people in the Microsoft 365 Insider program, with Word version 16.0.15831.20174 or later on Windows and Word version 16.67.1113.0 or later on Mac. Once the bugs are fixed, it should be implemented for everyone.

Source: Microsoft 365 Insider blog

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