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    Angry Macbook pro stuck in zoomed in mode
    Hello,

    I hit some buttons today and now my computer is stuck in some sort of zoomed in mode. But i cant zoom out. and the toolbar and windows are absolutely huge. It seems like som kind of mode for the visually impaired. I dont know what it is or how i did it, but It is extremely annoying and I cant figure out how to switch it off.

    someone please help me, i'll provide any info I can.

    thanks

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    Everything or only the window of a single app?

    Everything - System Preferences - Universal Access - turn off Zoom

    Single app, for ex Safari - try command (the apple key) + the negative sign (-)
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    i tried turning off zoom and its not just one app. its the whole thing

    and i cant see the whole universal Access window because it extends below where the screen is zoomed to and I cant move it down to see it.

    is there any way to restore defaults without losing any of my stuff?

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    Press

    "option" + "command" + ''-"
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    also hold the control key and swipe 'down' on the trackpad

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    Quote Originally Posted by deus_ex_machina View Post
    also hold the control key and swipe 'down' on the trackpad
    much easier - shows how much I use that stuff
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    Did that fix it? I got a chuckle from this thread...I can see that happening to me. There you are with everything on the screen 40x bigger than it's suppose to be and no way to fix it...funny.

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    Ok I tried everything u said, and it didnt work. when it happened I had a sushi tray resting on that area of the keyboard though. is there any function that needs to be enabled for it to work? cuz I turned alot of things on and off.

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    Try the swipe again - hold ctrl down and use two fingers to scroll down on the trackpad.

    Have you tried restarting the machine?
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    to turn Zoom off = 'Command' + 'Option' + '8'.

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    nevermind, my friend fixed it for me. It was the resolution under display

    thanks for the help guys.

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    Zoom Fix
    The answer on my 2010 MBP is "command" + two finger down swipe, not "control"
    Cheers.
    Congodog

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    Quote Originally Posted by congodog View Post
    The answer on my 2010 MBP is "command" + two finger down swipe, not "control"
    Cheers.
    Congodog
    It's control plus two fingers on my 2011 with Lion.
    15 " 2013 MBP OS X Ver. 10.9.1 16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD, Retina, 2.3 Ghz I7, 30GB IPhone 5, 2012 Mini Cooper JCW Coupe, 2014 Toyota Corolla, 2007 Trailblazer, 2 RC Planes, 1 fantastic wife who puts up with my toys. Still Married After 30 Years.

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    I am running Lion as well!

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