Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Nifty Zooming.

Nifty Zooming

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 26, 2022)

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If you zoom in and out of your documents quite a bit, you may get tired of using the Zoom controls on the View tab of the ribbon. If you have one of the mice that has a small wheel between the left and right mouse buttons, you can do a neat trick. All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl key as you turn the small wheel. Each click up or down increases or decreases the zoom factor by 15%. You can use this method of zooming for any magnification between 10% and 400%.

If you like this feature so much that you want to use it all the time (without the need to hold down the Ctrl key), you can instruct Excel to always use the mouse's wheel to zoom. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and later versions, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click the Advanced option at the left of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Advanced option of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. In the Editing area, select the Zoom On Roll with IntelliMouse check box.
  5. Click on OK.

Now you can zoom by rolling the mouse wheel, or scroll through the worksheet by holding down the Ctrl key as you turn the wheel.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10318) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Nifty Zooming.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is nine minus 5?

2022-02-28 07:48:05

Mike D.

I use the wheel all the time to scroll and zoom so I leave it as is. My issue was the sideways scroll.
In Adobe and Visio, the shift scroll is the way to do this, however, in Excel it does not work.
I discovered, accidentally, the ‘CTRL-SHIFT-Wheel’ does this perfectly in Excel.
Not earth shattering but maybe someday…

Now if I can only get Word to behave the same.


2022-02-26 18:42:22

Vince Lord

Most practical tip ever....


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