Zoom Out On A Pc

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Zoom Out On A Pc

Have you struggled to read texts sometimes and make sense of the images and texts of your laptop’s display? You can learn to use magnification tools to make your work easier. A magnifier will let you zoom in and out on your computer screen. Modern laptops come with video connectors that allow the users to connect external monitors to their computers. 

If you have difficulty reading texts and making out objects on the screen, you can increase or decrease the magnification of the screen as needed to improve visibility. If you are stuck on zoom, you will be seeing large icons, images, and texts on the computer. 

Zooming is decreasing the magnification of the image or icon rapidly. Zooming out manipulates a computer screen to make it more extensive and more detailed. Therefore, you can zoom out using the steps below.

Changing Your Screen Resolution

If all texts, icons, and images on your computer Windows 10 become incredibly huge, you may need to try changing the screen resolution. This way, you will be able to zoom out of many things, such as icons on your desktop, texts, and images. To do this:

1. Right-click on an unoccupied space on your desktop before selecting the Display settings from the options menu.

2. Select the Settings window and click on the option labeled Advanced Display Settings.

3. At this point, you can change your Windows 10 PC screen resolution. Click on a relatively higher value from your drop-down menu and click Apply to enable the settings.

4. Now double-check if you have zoomed out Windows 10 and fixed the issue.

If you are using a Windows 11 PC, start by right-clicking the desktop and selecting Display settings. Choose the Display resolution below the Scale & layout section. Proceed by checking the Scale option and ensuring it is 100% to ensure that it doesn’t enlarge or zoom in effect for your texts, icons, and different items on the Windows.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

 Keyboard Shortcuts

Another efficient way to zoom out of Windows is using keyboard shortcuts. This method is ideal for laptop users who do not have a mouse. To use the keyboard shortcuts:

1. Open the webpage you would like to zoom out.

2. Hold your Ctrl key and press the Minus key at the top of your keyboard. The minus key is located between the number zero and the equal sign. The alternative is to press the Ctrl button and scroll downwards to zoom out of Windows.

Using The Mouse Or Touchpad


If you use a mouse or touchpad for your computer, you can easily zoom out. You may find it more challenging to use a touchpad than using a mouse. For this:

1. Select the page you would want to zoom out

2. Press then hold the Ctrl button, scrolling down the mouse wheel or the touchpad.

Finding The Menu Icon On Google Chrome

Search for the Menu icon on your upper right corner, and zoom out Windows if you are on Google Chrome. Here is how to go about it:

1. Open Google Chrome browser and select the Menu icon. The icon is the three- dots at the far-right corner if you have not moved it before.

2. Search for the Zoom option from your drop-down menu, and proceed to change your current zoom percentage by hitting the Plus and minus keys.

Using The Microsoft Edge

You can zoom out on Windows 10 when using the Microsoft Edge. To do this, follow the guide below:

1. Open your Microsoft edge page and select the three-dot icon at the further right corner.

2. Go to the Zoom option using the drop-down menu and change your zoom percentage by clicking the plus or the minus buttons.

Use The Pinch Gesture On Your Trackpad Or Touchscreen

1. Click the page or location that you want to zoom out. For instance, if you would like to zoom out on a big website, click any place on the website. If you intend to zoom out on the desktop or any photo, click the desktop or the image instead.

2. Suppose your laptop has a trackpad or touch screen. It’s possible to make a reverse pinch gesture for zooming out in different apps and on the desktop. The process is pretty straightforward and works in most applications. Still, some applications may not work with this gesture. 

If your gestures are disabled on the trackpad or the touchscreen, the reverse pinch feature will not be available.

1. If your touchpad is not disabled, place two fingers together on it. The fingers should be right next to each other and should be touching right on your trackpad. If you want to zoom out on something specific on the touchscreen monitor, place the fingers together right over the location you would like to zoom out.

2. Next, you need to read the two fingers apart on your trackpad. While your two fingers are moving away from each other on your trackpad or touchscreen, your selected page and app will zoom out to show more content.

3. If the motion sounds are confusing to you, try thinking of it as the opposite of pinching.

4. Suppose you want to zoom in, pinch your two fingers together, and you will get the page to your desired font or display.

Using Magnifier

1. Click the Start menu search box and type “Magnifier.” 

2. Once it appears in the search results, click on that program. A Magnifier starts with your desktop zoomed to 200%. You will find the Magnifier controls at the top left corner of your desktop. Finding your way around your desktop can be disorienting due to the magnification.

3. After finding the Magnifier, you can use the plus or minus buttons for zooming in and out.

You may also hit the View menu and select from the following options:

Full screen: The whole display will be zoomed into the chosen value.

Lens: Only the rectangular lens around the mouse printer will be zoomed to make it easy for you to move the mouse around your display to better look at what the mouse is hovering over.

Docked: Instead of moving around with your mouse pointer, you will anchor your zoomed lens at the top of your display. However, the docked display shows anywhere the mouse pointer is situated at your current zoom level.

To stop screen magnification, you can close your Magnifier program by pressing Windows + ESC.

Fixing Large Display Using Graphics Cars Control Panels

Depending on the graphics cards you are using, you can utilize the associated control panel utility. If the problem is with your computer, you can try using a Restore repair which scans the repositories and replaces corrupt and missing files. This may work in some instances if the issue originates from system corruption.

Intel Graphic Cards

1. Right-click on the screen and select Graphics Properties. This opens the Intel Graphics and your Media Control Panel.

2. If the system asks you to choose the application mode, select Basic and click OK.

3. Check below the Display General Settings, select Resolution, and click on the highest form dorm your list. You should also ensure to set Maintain Display Scaling under Scaling.

4. Ensure that the system executes the command by clicking Ok.

AMD Cards

1. Right-click on the screen and choose AMD Catalyst Control Center.

2. Go through the AMD Catalyst Control Center to see if you will find Advance View. 

3. Navigate to the Desktop Management then Desktop Properties. You can change the resolution in your Desktop Area under the Desktop Properties to a higher value and repeat this for the Refresh Rate. 

4. Select Apply to save your changes.

Nvidia Displays

1. Right-click on the Nvidia icon in the notifications tray, then click Open Nvidia Control Panel. This will direct you to the Nvidia Control Panel.

2. Scroll to the Display category, and then click Change Resolution. Ensure your default display device is chosen, and then select the recommended display resolution. After you are through, click Ok to save your changes.

How To Change The Resolution On A Mac?

To change your Mac’s resolution, you need to open System Preferences then click Display. You can adjust the resolution by finding Resolution and selecting Scaled. From here, you can choose the resolution setting that fits your need. Alternatively, you can highlight Default to display for automatically adjusting the resolution.


As you use your Windows Desktop to browse the internet or read some text, you might encounter the screen stuck on zoom. This means that every element, including the texts, images, and icons, magnify or becomes big on the computer. This issue can be caused by changing something in your computer’s resolution or by zooming in the app unintentionally on the desktop. 

You can solve the problem by setting your system to the proper resolution and resetting the zoom on the PC. If this issue is with your desktop icons, you could easily set it back to normal. Learning to zoom out is essential as you can change super small texts and make them visible. People with eye defects may also find it hard to read small texts.