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OS X Lion gestures: Zoom any webpage in Safari 5.1

10 August 2011 7,548 views No Comment

Here are pair of OS X Lion + Safari 5.1 gestures I’ve been using for months, though the epiphany — yeah, that is pretty cool — didn’t happen until today. Whether you want to use the trackpad or keyboard, here’s how to take a closer look.

On my iMac with Magic Trackpad, I tend to position my hands in one of two ways: 1.) typing mode with both hands on the keyboard or 2.) browsing mode with my right hand on the Magic Trackpad and left hand with the thumb anchored on a Command key on the keyboard.

Thereupon, as shown in the above image (left), with two fingers, tap the trackpad twice to zoom and tap-tap again to zoom out. Alternately, using your thumb and index finger, pinch out to zoom in and pinch in to zoom out.

That said, when you do zoom, take a moment to admire how clearly, beautifully text is rendered in OS X Lion.

And, don’t forget to check out Apple’s OS X Lion trackpad gesture knowledge base article (HT4721), as well as the OS X Lion Gestures video.

Power user’s best friend

When in typing mode, with both hands on the keyboard, the one or two Vulcan death grip (a.k.a. keyboard shortcut) is the way to go. Thereupon, you can zoom the view by pressing Command + Option + plus/minus. This is a system wide, any app method.

In Safari, press Command + plus/minus to zoom.

And, of course, as a fan of the venerable keyboard shortcut, I’ve put together more than a couple tips on the subject:

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