How to Zoom Out with Magic Mouse on Mac

The Magic Mouse can be one of your best investments if you’re looking to become more productive on your Macbook.

One thing that you can adjust pretty easily is the ability to zoom out on your MacBook, which can make scrolling and editing much sleeker. Here’s how you can easily use the Zoom feature on your Mac.

Zooming Out with the Magic Mouse

To initiate the zoom out function, you first need ensure that your Magic Mouse is connected to your MacBook. To do this, go into Bluetooth in the System Settings (System Preferences) and check that it’s connected properly.

Before you can utilize the zoom out feature, you need to activate it from within tour System Settings – you actually have a few different ways that you can zoom in and out on Macbook.

First, go into System Settings, and then into Accessibility. Accessibility features allow make changes that make your browsing experience easier.

Within Accessibility, scroll down until you find the Zoom section.

Within your Zoom settings you have various different ways that you can enable the smart Zoom feature on your Macbook. Personally, I like to opt for the “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” option, so toggle this to on.

Now, you can select a modifier key to be held down while using the scroll gesture to zoom – I suggest using the Control key, as this isn’t used for much else. This means that whenever you want to Zoom, all you need to do is hold the Control button and when slide your finger up or down on your Magic mouse.

This additional customization prevents accidental zooming, and it gives you more control over when and how you zoom. You can also opt for the Use Trackpad Gesture to Zoom if you want the ability to zoom on your Magic trackpad – this allows you to double tap three fingers on your trackpad whenever you want to zoom instead.

Troubleshooting Common Zooming Issues on Mac

There are times where you may have issues with the Magic Mouse zoom out function. Common problems include the zoom gesture not responding or the mouse losing connection. To troubleshoot this quickly, try the following steps:

First, make sure that your Magic mouse is fully charged before you go through your Accessibility settings.

Next, go into your Zoom settings and double check that you’ve enabled the additional Zoom feature settings.

Once done, make sure that you restart your device. This can also help to ensure that the changes you’ve made to your Zoom settings run properly.


Mastering the Magic Mouse zoom out feature can significantly enhance your productivity and ease of use on your MacBook, and it’s quite easy to enable smart Zoom on your Mac.

Remember, it’s all about finding the right settings that work for you and ensuring your device is properly set up to take advantage of these innovative features. Still, the Magic mouse is my personal favorite Macbook mouse, and though it can take a little getting used to, it can really speed up your workflow using it properly.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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