Tips and Tricks: Zooming in the VS 2010 Editor

Tips and Tricks: Zooming in the VS 2010 Editor

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You probably know that Visual Studio has an option to change your text size, but did you know you can also zoom the editor in VS 2010?  Ctrl+mouse wheel zooming has been available since the first Visual Studio 2010 CTP, but we’ve finished it by adding a zoom control and key bindings in Beta 2.  Check out this video we’ve created to demo the new Zoom functionality (this demo has video and audio, so plug in your headphones or turn up the sound).

There are several ways to zoom in and out:

  • Hold down Control and scroll your mouse wheel
  • Use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+period (zoom in) and Ctrl+Shift+comma (zoom out)
  • Type a zoom level directly in the the zoom control in the bottom left corner of the editor
  • Select a common zoom level from the dropdown list in the zoom control

You can do everything described in this post with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, so I hope you’ll try out the new zoom feature and let us know what you think!

Brittany Behrens
Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

clip_image002I’m Brittany, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Editor team.  Some of you may recognize me from Connect bugs or as the main voice of @VSEditor on Twitter, and I’m responsible for a variety of Editor features.  I love hearing from customers, so please let me know what you think!

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  • Hi. I have tried to install this extension for the Visual Studio 2010 Express but the installer failed with the following message : "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products."

    Is it a restriction for the express edition ?

  • @Jerome:

    Yes, this is because you're running an Express edition, and you'll find it happens not just for Presentation Zoom but for all extensions.  The Express editions of Visual Studio 2010 unfortunately don't support VS extensions.

    - Brittany

  • Hi.

    Can you enable this feature? I want to add water marks to my CS source files. It gives me inspiration it also acts as stamp

    Can we have a water mark picture in the source files?

    also, we need the IDE to be more per-formant. It takes 5 minutes for me to run VS 2010 in my Pentium 3 733 Mhz processor.

    also after we sign the assembly can we add it to the GAC automatically after building it?

  • Is there a way to turn off the Ctrl-MouseWheel to zoom in text in VS2010? I'd like to lock it somehow. #1 I do it accidentally once in a while, annoying, and #2 my Logitech mouse has a button over the scrollwheel I have the command set to "Cut" text to the clipboard, but for some reason this button also auto-zooms the text.

  • @TrueHarlequin:

    There is an extension that will disable mouse wheel zooming.  You can find it as a free download on the Visual Studio Gallery at visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/.../d088791c-150a-4834-8f28-462696a82bb8.

    - Brittany

  • Worked like a charm. Thx Brittany...

  • Britanny:

    I have a problem I haven´t figure out how to solve:

    If I try the combination: Ctrl+Shift+period I can zoom very well.

    How ever if I try Ctrl+Shift+comma nothing happens.

    Do you have an idea what I´m doing wrong?

    Best Regards!

    Carlos

  • Britanny:

    I have a problem I haven´t figure out how to solve:

    If I try the combination: Ctrl+Shift+period I can zoom very well.

    How ever if I try Ctrl+Shift+comma nothing happens.

    Do you have an idea what I´m doing wrong?

    Best Regards!

    Carlos

  • Hi,

    I too love this feature of Zoom in/out. Although, our team bas been working on the Virtual Machines over the internet (little slower speed) and due to this new feature, the editor has become extremely SLOW. Do we have any option of disabling this feature?

    This wasn't a problem with earlier studio versions 2003/5/8.

    Please send me an email to p.shahATzensarDOTcom if you read and consider my post.

    Regards,

    Prerak

  • @Prerak05

    I am not sure this specific feature is causing the problem, are you using it when the slow down occurs?  If so the easiest solution is 'stop using it' :)  Apart from that I don't think you can disable it, though you could probably remove the command bindings using the Tools -> Options dialog.

    Ryan

  • Oh so THIS is why I keep zooming out by mistake. This is a good feature. I have a new keyboard that just not used to yet.

  • Hello!

    I would like that the zoom level be saved automatically to a number for all pages, like 140% because I have trouble seeing and this will be a welcome feature to me and to many others.

    torr6420@bellsouth.net

    Thanks

  • Hello, Is there anyway to set the default zoom size for the VS2012 editor so that every files opened in VS2012 editor shows in that zoom?

  • Thanks for the useful tip :)

  • thanks

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