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Quickly control screen magnification in Excel

Even if you don't use your mouse wheel for anything else, you might want to adopt this trick: With the help of the Ctrl key, you can zoom in and out of an Excel worksheet.

I never use the wheel on my mouse. I don't have a good reason; I just can't recall ever using it before. However, I recently discovered that the wheel increases and decreases the screen magnification in Excel. It's so simple to use:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key.
  2. Move the wheel forward to zoom in.
  3. Move the wheel backward to zoom out.

While moving the wheel, watch the Zoom control on the Standard toolbar update accordingly.

Moving the wheel forward and backward scrolls the screen.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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