Quick Tip – Zoom with your Scroll Wheel

When I’m working on a scrapbook page, I find I’m constantly zooming in to work on a small detail, and then zooming out to see the overall effect, but using the menus to select the zoom percentage or using the toolbar to switch from the tool I’m using to the zoom tool and back can be very cumbersome.

If you use Photoshop Elements and have a mouse with a scroll wheel, there’s a Preference setting that makes this very quick and easy. 

From the main menu at the top of your Photoshop Elements window, click on Edit, then Preferences, then General.  The window shown below will appear.  Make sure the check box for “Zoom with Scroll Wheel” is selected, and click on OK. 
Zoom with your Scroll Wheel

Zoom with your Scroll Wheel

Now, all you have to do is position your cursor on the spot you want to see close-up and roll your scroll wheel up to zoom in, and then roll your scroll wheel down to zoom out.  Much easier!
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3 Responses to “Quick Tip – Zoom with your Scroll Wheel”

  1. Judy Says:

    Thanks for this hint and for the journal box freebie, too.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you! I just switched over to PSE from DIP10 and the zooming was a pet peeve of mine. Thanks for showing me the quick fix.

  3. Christine Says:

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much! I do lots of zooming in and out with my keyboard shortcuts, but this is so much easier and better, since you can target a particular area. Eeeekk. The best tip I’ve heard all week.

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