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TIL: One weird trick in macOS Monterey to zoom text
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 01, 2023 02:52PM
System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom (in left window) > Enable Hover Text

Ticking this box allows one press Cmd then hover the cursor over text to provide a greatly magnified view of it.

Release the Cmd key and the magnified text disappears.

Clicking the Options... button shows a few options to tailor one's preferences.

It shows the default text size to be 60pt.

That's huge, on two levels.

Hover won't work with text within a pic, and probably other places, too, I haven't checked.

But it's a trick that will come in handy for me from time to time, and pretty easy for me to remember.


Sierra, my main OS for the time being, doesn't have this feature, that I know of.

It does have some keyboard commands for screen or portion of a screen zoom, but this isn't just text, and requires three keys to navigate and manipulate.

That's too much for me to remember so I just use Ctrl-Scroll to zoom centered on the cursor.


I don't know with which OS Hover Over Text appeared, but I like it a lot, and wish Sierra had it.

Not having a later OS than Monterey, I don't know if it was kept up to Sonoma or dropped at some point.






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Re: TIL: One weird trick in macOS Monterey to zoom text
Posted by: hal
Date: November 01, 2023 03:19PM
I never heard of this, but I just turned it on (ventura). Doesn't work right on my main mini. It works sometimes, but not others and I find it rather clunky and ugly.

I use CMD-scroll often and for me, it works way better.

imo, you aren't missing anything
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Re: TIL: One weird trick in macOS Monterey to zoom text
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: November 01, 2023 03:29PM
Very neat little setting. I didn't know that. Thanks RAMd@d!
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Re: TIL: One weird trick in macOS Monterey to zoom text
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 01, 2023 07:25PM
I haven't found a problem with it so far, so I think there will be times when I prefer it over Ctrl-Scroll.

If it saves on life MM, then my work is done.

LOL






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: TIL: One weird trick in macOS Monterey to zoom text
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 12, 2023 09:07AM
I changed the Option to the option key coz I had too many collisions with other Cntl key shortcuts. & 24pt.
You can also set min/max zoom.
Advanced/Controls.

After my recent n&p, I'd forgotten ...
TrackPad/Point & Click, 3 finger tap dictionary look up.
And - Scroll & Zoom/Smart Zoom/2 finger double tap



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