The canvas can be zoomed in and out in many ways. For many of the options the zoom changes by a default factor of 1.41 (repeat twice to zoom by a factor two). This factor can be changed in the Steps section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog.
New in v0.47: By default, a zoom of “1” corresponds to one Inkscape pixel per screen pixel. If you would like to calibrate the zoom to a real physical measurement unit (like inches or centimeters), you can do so under the Interface section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog. You will find there a slider than can be dragged to set a Zoom correction factor. Simply hold up your ruler to the screen and drag until the on-screen ruler matches.
+ or = keys to zoom in, - key to zoom out. Zoom is around center of viewable canvas.
Ctrl+Middle Mouse Click or Ctrl+Right Mouse Click to zoom in, Shift+Middle Mouse Click or Shift+Right Mouse Click to zoom out. Zoom in is around cursor position.
Shift+Middle Mouse Drag to zoom in on area within rubber-band.
Ctrl+Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out. Very convenient. The cursor position is the center of the zoom.
By checking the Mouse wheel zooms by default button under the Scrolling section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog the function of the Mouse Wheel changes to zooming while the normal Ctrl+Mouse Wheel changes to panning up and down. This is the normal behavior in Corel Draw and AutoCAD.
Zoom section of the Status Bar. This is the best way to select a precise zoom level. One can activate the entry box via the keyboard shortcut Alt+Z.
Zoom Tool (F3) from the Tool Box. Click on the canvas with the Zoom Tool to zoom in around the cursor. Use Shift click or click with the Right Mouse button to zoom out.
(+): Zoom in.
(-): Zoom out.
(1): Zoom to 100% of drawing size (one drawing pixel equal one screen pixel).
(2): Zoom to 50% of drawing size.
Zoom to 200% of drawing size.
(3): Zoom to show the selected object(s).
(4): Zoom to the drawing size (show all the drawn objects, which may be smaller or larger than the page).
(5): Zoom to show the entire page.
(6 or Ctrl+E): Zoom to the width of the page.
(`): Zoom to previous zoom level.
(Shift+`): Zoom to next setting (after zooming to a previous setting).
Note the two commands ( and ) that allow one to cycle backward and forward through the previously used zoom levels.
New in v0.47: Holding down the Q key (Q for quick) will temporarily zoom in on selected items making it easier to make a small tweak. Releasing the key restores the previous zoom.
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