Stop that maddening zoom on your laptop!

Does your laptop change the zoom without you wanting it to?

Do you then have to go to the spanner in google chrome, or page zoom in Internet Explorer, or similar in other browsers, to get the screen back to 100%?

Want to stop that automatic zoom thing?

What is probably happening is that you have Pinch Zoom enabled. With pinch zoom if you move two fingers apart or together on the touch pad it will zoom in or out accordingly. So you need to turn it off by one or another method.

Method One.

  • Go to the taskbar at bottom right, find the upward pointing arrow, hovering over it should bring the message “Show Hidden Icons”.
  • Click this and hover over the options until you find “Synaptics Pointing Device” or similar.
  • Go to “Pointing Device Properties” then the tab for “Device Settings”, then the “Settings” button.
  • You should now have a “Pinch Zoom” option, click this then uncheck the “Enable Pinch Zoom” check box.

Method Two.

  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Go to Hardware and Sound.
  • Under Devices and Printers, click on Mouse.
  • Go to “Pointing Device Properties” then the tab for “Device Settings”, then the “Settings” button.
  • You should now have a “Pinch Zoom” option, click this then uncheck the “Enable Pinch Zoom” checkbox.

It’s like having a new laptop. No more going to that spanner at top right in google chrome and resetting the zoom to 100%. Yippee!

Here’s a screen print showing what it looks like, notice I’ve unchecked the Enable Pinch Zoom option.

If this is a bit difficult to read try zooming in, or maybe you need to Enable Pinch Zoom! 🙂

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