The day may come when we’re all using InDesign on devices that allow us to use touch gestures to quickly zoom in and out with the flick of our fingers. But until then, it’s worth knowing the keyboard shortcuts for zooming. And when you think about it, a keyboard shortcut is just a slightly more precise flick of the finger anyway.
If you haven’t already committed the following shortcuts to memory, try it. You won’t regret it.
Zoom In: Command/Ctrl+=
Zoom Out: Command/Ctrl+-
Temporarily select Zoom In tool: Command/Ctrl+spacebar
Temporarily select Zoom Out tool: Command+Option/Ctrl+Alt+spacebar
Zoom to 50%, 200%, or 400%: Command/Ctrl+5, Command/Ctrl+2, Command/Ctrl+4
Switch between current and previous zoom levels: Command+Option/Ctrl+Alt+2
Fit page in window: Command/Ctrl+0 (zero)
Fit spread in window: Command+Option/Ctrl+Alt+0 (zero)
Fit entire spread in window: Command+Shift+Option/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+0 (zero)
Actual size: Command/Ctrl+1 OK, we all know that it’s not really “actual size,” but check out David’s article Custom Zoom/Magnification Settings in InDesign for how to fix this problem.