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How Often Do You Use Your Browser's ZOOM? (CTRL + Mouse Wheel)

Daily
5 (31.3%)
Weekly
3 (18.8%)
Monthly
1 (6.3%)
Very Rarely
3 (18.8%)
Never
4 (25%)

Total Members Voted: 16

Author Topic: Browser Zoom Functionality...  (Read 5719 times)

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Browser Zoom Functionality...
« on: January 16, 2008, 01:22:10 AM »
I'm curious about this...

I use it daily pretty much. In every browser. IE - Opera - FF. I'll actually switch between browsers on occasion because I like the way one or the other does zooming. (IE zooms pages, while FF zooms text only, etc. etc. etc.)

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008, 01:54:42 AM »
Very rarely - if the site has really bad design and I find myself squinting.

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008, 03:55:21 AM »
it's very handy when on a small screen, such as your typical projector

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008, 04:13:49 AM »
It is great for huge images, making them small enough to see the entire image on your screen.

You can also use ctrl+ numpad +/- instead of the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Personally, I prefer the way IE & Opera handles it, rather than Firefox. The way Firefox only adjusts text size can distort & break pages and make things look really screwed up.

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008, 08:55:24 AM »
I don't like the way IE/Maxthon resizes using a zoom factor, images are crushed and text is quite irritating.  I use NoSquint (http://urandom.ca/nosquint/) an addon for Firefox, which allows you to zoom in/out (of text) in 1% increments (using Ctrl -/+ shortcut), and it can remember your zoom settings for every domain you visit.  It saves me quite a bit of scrolling on sites, in addition to increasing the readability of some awful website layouts.  NoSquint and TabMixPlus are easily my most important addons for Firefox.

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008, 09:59:18 AM »
Firefox users can also get this add-on: Image Zoom.

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2008, 10:32:27 AM »
I use my firefox text zoom a few times a week.  I have a high screen resolution (1680 x 1050 on a 15.4" screen) and every now and then a webpage is just too cramped for me to read comfortably.

I also use the ImageZoom firefox extension,  probably a few times a week.   Very handy.


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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2008, 11:30:16 AM »
I use it sometimes, for big images (like the ones some members post around here ;)). But instead of Ctrl + Click, I use the zoom keys of my keyboard. For pages I prefer Ctrl + F11 :)

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2008, 01:23:30 PM »
I use Image Zoom all the time.  Great extension!

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2008, 05:51:50 PM »
To tell you the truth, I didn't even know FF and IE had a zoom function. I thought Opera was the only one that did. ;D
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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2008, 06:43:10 PM »
I very frequently use the "fit-to-window-width" feature in opera, even with DC. It's useful because i usually have opera's window resized to a small with window (at least thinner than usual).

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2008, 09:16:07 AM »
To tell you the truth, I didn't even know FF and IE had a zoom function. I thought Opera was the only one that did. ;D

Well, it's [the zoom functionality] really only useful for text in those browsers, as zooming images in both FF and IE makes them look like ass. Why they don't implement decent filtering like Opera does is beyond me..
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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2008, 09:38:16 AM »
Why they don't implement decent filtering like Opera does is beyond me..

just curious, how does it work?

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2008, 10:13:57 AM »
Why they don't implement decent filtering like Opera does is beyond me..

just curious, how does it work?

Ok, to best illustrate what I'm talking about, take a look at the screenshots I've attached. The first image is the original image, the second from Firefox at 70% zoom, and the last one from Opera at the same zoom level. Take note of how jagged the edges of the zoomed FF image is compared to the other 2 (the images are just slightly different sizes as I just cropped out the surrounding area, but the zoom levels are the same).
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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2008, 08:16:19 PM »
Don't worry guys, Firefox 3 already fixed the issue and implemented page zooming ala Opera :). IE... er, wait for version 8 ;D

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Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2008, 09:25:20 PM »
Ok, to best illustrate what I'm talking about, take a look at the screenshots I've attached. The first image is the original image, the second from Firefox at 70% zoom, and the last one from Opera at the same zoom level. Take note of how jagged the edges of the zoomed FF image is compared to the other 2 (the images are just slightly different sizes as I just cropped out the surrounding area, but the zoom levels are the same).

thanks Dirhael, you've really opened my eyes.. ;) but on the bright side as Lashiec noted, at least Firefox people are doing something about it.