Save TIme And Frustration By Disabling Safari Zoom In Function [OS X Tips]

Zoom In Safari Mouse or Trackpad

The latest version of Safari for OS X has an iOS-like behavior if you’re using an Apple Trackpad, Magic Mouse, or Magic Trackpad to browse the web. If you double tap on the trackpad or mouse, the view within the Safari window will zoom in, just like a double tap on your iPhone or iPad version of Safari zooms in to help you read the web page on the smaller screen.

If this annoys you, here’s how to disable it.

First of all, launch System Preferences from the Applications folder, your Dock, or the Apple menu. Once launched, choose the preference pane that applies to you–click either the Mouse or Trackpad icon.

In the Mouse preference pane, uncheck the box next to the Smart Zoom feature. If you’re using a Trackpad, either one on your Macbook or connected via Bluetooth, tap on the Scroll & Zoom button at the top of the Trackpad preference pane, and uncheck the Smart zoom function there.

Whichever you choose, you’ll no longer have Safari zooming in at you when you only meant to set your finger down on the mouse or trackpad. If you want to enable this feature again in the future, simply re-check the Smart zoom function in the System Preferences again, and things will go back to zooming in within Safari when you double tap on the trackpad or Apple mouse.

  • CuntOfMac

    Would anyone be really annoyed by this? As far as I’m concerned, it’s an awesome feature. So much so that every now and then I think about moving back to Safari because of this and the built-in Reader. I’m curious to see why anyone would be bothered by it.

  • diamondaine

    Exactly. Why should anyone be annoyed by one of the best multi-tasking gesture ever introduced to a desktop browser (Apart from scrolling obviously)?

  • bdkennedy

    This feature has been in Safari since Lion came out.

  • Darkswat

    This is an amazing feature. if people want to disable it, they should be allowed to.

  • roblef

    Would anyone be really annoyed by this? As far as I’m concerned, it’s an awesome feature. So much so that every now and then I think about moving back to Safari because of this and the built-in Reader. I’m curious to see why anyone would be bothered by it.

    Sometimes, other people may not feel the same way as you. If you’re reading a web page and suddenly it zooms in, you’ll lose your place, interrupt the flow of reading, etc. And if you have a motor issue, making it hard to control that sort of a double tap, disabling it is essential.

    Just because a feature works for many of us doesn’t mean it’s going to work for everyone. It’s nice to have options.

  • itskittibitch

    I actually love this feature. I wish it worked on Chrome as well.

  • stianbrathen

    The problem with this is that my Apple wireless touch mouse suddenly decides to zoom by itself. That is annoying, so I would rather not have this feature than have Safari unexpectedly zooming in on the page. Don´t know when I really would need it anyway. Love Safari, though.

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