Many of the productivity applications that you use on your computer will have a default zoom level of 100%. Depending on how far away from the monitor you sit, or how good or poor your vision is, that zoom level might be inadequate. So if you find that the words on your screen are either too big or too small for comfortable reading, then you might be interested in changing the zoom level in Google Docs.
Most applications, including Google Docs, specify “100%” as the default zoom levels in their application. But if your monitor is very large or very small, or if the resolution of your display is very large or very small, then it might be tough to read.
Fortunately you have the ability to modify this setting, although you might be having trouble locating it. Our tutorial below will help you identify the zoom setting in the toolbar in Google Docs so that you can adjust it accordingly to suit your needs.
How to Zoom on Google Docs
- Open your document.
- Click the Zoom button.
- Select the desired zoom level.
Our article continues below with additional information on zooming in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.
How to Zoom in or Zoom Out in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but should work in other desktop Web browsers as well. Once you complete the steps below you will be able to zoom in or zoom out when viewing a document in the Google Docs application.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open the document in which you want to zoom in or zoom out.
Step 2: Click the Zoom button in the toolbar above the document, then select one of the default zoom levels, or manually enter your own preferred zoom value into the field.
If you elect to use a custom zoom level, then the value must be between 50 and 200%.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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