Power + Zoom = Power Zoom!

Personally, one of my favorite features in InDesign is so-called “Power Zoom” feature. This enables you to quickly scroll through your document. It’s helpful especially with long documents. If you never used this feature before, you will fall in love very quickly! 😀

So, how to activate/use it?

It’s really simple. All you need is Hand tool.

  1. Activate Hand tool (H) / hold Space bar or Alt/Opt while in text.
  2. With Hand tool active, click and hold down the mouse button.
    (You will see the document zooming out so that you can see whole spread/page, and red box indicates the view area)
  3. While still holding mouse button, drag mouse (red box) to scroll through document.
    Use mouse scrool wheel/arrow keys to change size of red box (change view area zoom)
  4. Release the mouse button to zoom in to the new selected area.
    (Document will zoom to the size of the red box)

This will give you more control while scrolling through your document. Also, you will work faster, because you don’t have to zoom-out then zoom back in.

That’s it! 🙂


About Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

Husband, Father, Graphic Designer from Subotica [Serbia]. Also Adobe IDUG Chapter Representative, JS, AS3, Flex developer. InDesign Script/Panel developer. My everyday work includes working with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDRAW. I recently started to write scripts to speedup my work with InDesign. View all posts by Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

4 responses to “Power + Zoom = Power Zoom!

  • loic

    Do you know that very weird keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+é (2) which reverse you back to the previous zoom value. I never understood the value of this one 😀

  • Josip Vrbic

    Pozdrav Marijane, danas sam slucajno naisao na tvoja dva bloga i jako sam sretan 🙂 trenutno pregledavam postove i imas super savjete mada sam vecinu znao jer sam jako dugo korisnik InDesigna… Opet uvijek se nađe neki trik koji nisam provalio, nema mi nista draze od toga 🙂 dobio si jos jednog redovnog citatelja, pozz iz Mostara…

    • Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

      Pozdrav Josipe!

      Drago mi je sto ti se svidjaju blogovi! Relativno su novi, IndiSnip 5 meseci, a IndiTip ni nedelju dana, ali vec postoji velika zainteresovanost! 😀 Takodje, veoma dugo koristim InDesign, ali skoro svaki dan nadjem nesto novo… 🙂 Ako si zainteresovan za saradnju, slobodno me kontaktiraj putem emaila.

      Pozdrav iz Subotice!


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