Zoom Shortcut

Learn how to use the Excel Zoom Shortcut to zoom in and out while using your Workbook. Then, we’ll show you the fastest ways!

Excel Shortcuts to Zoom In or Out (Keyboard, Mouse, and Keystrokes)

The first question: Where do you find the zoom command in Excel? Take a closer look at the bottom-right corner of your Workbook!

where to find the zoom function in excel

You have many options to use the zoom in and zoom out function in your Excel spreadsheet. First, we’ll show you how to use the default shortcut. Furthermore, you’ll discover how to apply the mouse + keyboard combination to change the view.

How to use the Zoom Shortcut in Excel

Note: This method works on Excel 2016 or newer versions.

  • Zoom in Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + plus sign(+)
  • Zoom out Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + minus sign (-)
how to use excel zoom shortcut

Good to know that this command increases or decreases the zoom by 15%. So, if you want to apply a 130% zoom, use the Ctrl + Alt + + shortcut, and press the plus sign twice while holding the Ctrl + Alt keys.

Zooming in and out using the mouse

What if you prefer the mouse and keyboard-based work? No problem. Excel has a built-in command for zooming purposes.

First, press the Ctrl key, then zoom in or zoom out by rolling the mouse wheel. You can increase the zoom to move the wheel forward. If you want to decrease the zoom, just move the mouse wheel backward.

zoom in and zoom out mouse keyboard

Using a shortcut to open the Zoom dialog

To open the Zoom dialog box, use the following keyboard shortcut:

Alt, W, Q

This shortcut activates the ribbon; then, the View Tab finally opens the Zoom dialog box.

Here is the Zoom dialog box:

zoom dialog box

Use the arrow keys (up and down) to change the default zoom level. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Tip: You can open the Zoom dialog box without using shortcuts. To do that, click on the percentage field.

reach the zoom level dialog box by clicking on it

Zooming with the mouse only

If you don’t know how the zoom shortcut works in Excel, you can change the default values only using the mouse! Just move the slider left or right to decrease or increase the zoom levels.

move the slider

Adding zoom buttons to the QAT

Last but not least, let us see the good old method using the Quick Access Toolbar.

To add the Zoom button to the QAT, select the File Tab and click Options. Next, select the command you want to add to the QAT and add them from the left pane. Now you have the zoom buttons!

excel zoom shortcut quick access toolbar

Once you have the buttons in the Quick Access Toolbar, click on it to apply to change the zoom level or use the following keyboard shortcut:

  • Alt + 5 to increase the zoom
  • Alt + 6 to decrease the zoom
zoom shortcut to quick access toolbar

Final words

Now you can use various methods to apply the zoom shortcut in Excel. If you want to learn more about speeding up your work in Excel, check our Excel Shortcuts list.

Istvan Vozar

Istvan is the co-founder of Excelkid. He writes blog posts and helps people to reach the top in Excel.