Zoom In With The Magnify Tool In Preview [OS X Tips]

magnify tool

Preview is a fantastic image viewer with some basic image and PDF annotation tools.

If you’re viewing a high resolution image and want to magnify a small portion of the image, without zooming the whole thing in, you’ll want to use the magnification tool, also known as a loupe.

Open a large image in Preview. The higher resolution the image, the more you’ll be able to see what you’re magnifying.

There are two ways to activate this handy tool.

tool specifics

Using the Tools menu, simply select “Show Magnifier,” and you’re ready to go. The second way to enable it is to press the tilde key (~) on your keyboard. This is a nice little shortcut. Press it again to hide the magnifier.

Now you can easily check out a part of any image with a bit of magnification. Huzzah!

  • HerbalEd

    This article’s top photo is very misleading, or you’ve failed to fully describe the magnifiers function. Also, when I tried the magnifier its magnification power is weak … or, again, did you not describe sufficiently?

  • HerbalEd

    I experimented with the magnifier and learned some more. With text I get a rectangularly-shaped magnifier … but with photos I get a round magnifier which appears to give much stronger magnification than the rectangle.

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