Zoom Presets

I often find the default zoom increments to be a bit more than I’d like, and I would love a way to either have a setting to change the zoom increments (could either be a toggle or a modifier key that halves the default zoom amount), or have custom zoom settings that can be added to the zoom pop-up list (and possibly assigned to hot keys; Pro Tools does this, and it’s quite handy). I’m running Dorico 4, but as far as I have found, 5 doesn’t include this feature either, so thought I would request it and see if anyone else would appreciate it as much as me. Thanks!

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If it’s any help … I discovered last week that the zoom dialog responds to up and down arrow keys to change by 25% (the same as the little buttons). So now I can get to finer zoom increments by keyboard without having to type a number.

(Also, analogous with other quantity fields, Shift-arrows change this one by 250%. Same for Command-arrows on Mac. I think it might be useful if other modifier keys would allow changing this by 5% or 10% and 1%.)

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At least in the Windows version, I can click the magnifying glass in the lower right-hand corner to enter a custom magnification.

magnification

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But you can’t save it as a preset in the list.

I really need this. I have to use 201% and not 200% to prevent pages jumping around in magnification, as recommended by @dspreadbury ion another thread which need not detain us here. I’d like to be able to have 201% as an added item in the zoom popup. For example.

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I’m aware of the zoom button, but it would be rather cumbersome to zoom in at a specific % each time I want to change the zoom, as well as require me to know exactly what % I want to change it to; I essentially just want “a little more” or “a little less”.

If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, you can create your own custom zoom key command by editing the keycommands_en.json file in your user application data folder in a text editor.

For example, here’s what needs to be added to create a shortcut to a zoom level of 199%:

			{
				"context" : "kGlobal",
				"shortcuts" : [
					
					{
						"View.Zoom?ZoomPercent=199" : [ "Meta+3" ]
					}
				]
			}
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@Luminous_Music you can use ctrl-mouse wheel to do that. No? Something I use all the time.

I too would like to be able to define custom zoom sizes and assign them to keyboard commands… (But not by editing code. I’m sure I would mess up the entire program.)

And thanks for reminding me about the 201% thing Andro. That will help.

Is it possible to make a macro for changing zoom?

I tried recording a zooming action, but it records only invoking the dialog, not the input.


On a Mac trackpad you can also pinch to zoom an arbitrary amount.

Thanks for the tip @Andro! I hadn’t realized this and it is so useful!

Well let me try to give this a shot…
Like Daniel pointed out, I changed the keycommands_en.json file (save the original one!). As far as I can see this file describes the changes you make in the KeyCommands (in Preferences). If you did not make any modifications to these you can follow Daniel’s example, but if there were already changes made, then you have to observe that there are comma’s (,) after each pair of lines, but not after the final entry! Also when you use a key combination already in use it has to be deleted in this file.
I deleted the Alt-Z combination for Zoom dialog, and used it to set the fixed percentage of 115%, also observe the last comma, this is in my case necessary because there follow more changes for instance in write mode, again the last entry must be without the comma!
This works like a charm (thanks Daniel!), when I press Alt-Z the zoom percentage is always 115%.

		{
			"context" : "kGlobal",
			"shortcuts" : [

				{
					"View.Zoom?ZoomPercent=115" : [ "Alt+Z" ]
				},
				
				{
					"View.ZoomDialog" : [ "DELETE:Alt+Z" ]
				}
			]
		},

A zoom of 113% is roughly the real life page size, so, it would have been nice to have it a preset.

And this is true on any size screen with any set resolution, or is this applicable only to your screen?

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I’ve had to it check again; in Dorico, Finale, and Office on a 27’’ screen, a 113% is a real life size (A3, A4, Tabloid, or Letter). But yes, I guess in other monitors should vary.

@GagarinMoore that depends entirely on the dot pitch of the screen, which varies widely.