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Customize Your Drawing Window

Benefit Get the best view of your designs.


In some apps, View doesn’t matter.

In font or logo design, since a shape might be viewed at many sizes, you have to zoom in and out…a lot.

Here’s a quick tutorial about zooming in and out of the drawing window.

To Zoom

Use Z on keyboard to zoom IN. Use X on keyboard to zoom OUT.

Use Alt-Mouse scroll wheel to move in and out.

If you have a track pad, you can pinch.

Try it out!

Zoom on Area

Helpful for zooming exactly onto small details—like serif tips or ink traps.

❶ In the lower right corner of the drawing window, click the magnifying glass with the dotted square.


If you don’t see this, go to menu View > Control Bars > Property Bar ON.

❷ Hold left mouse button. Drag over the area you want.

Other Zooms

Here’s the other zooms and what they’re used for. Black star is what I use most. White star is sometimes.

Cmd1 Actual Text Size

Cmd3 Zoom 100% Aligns the drawing window exactly to your vertical boundaries. (Same as font info.)

Cmd9 Fix Text on Screen Great when you are working on many shapes at the same time.

Pixel zooms:

Zoom 1:1px One pixel equals one unit, Normal Res Screens

Zoom 2:1px One pixel equals one unit, Retina Screens

I find pixel zooms fascinating, but I have not yet found a use for these.

Digging Deeper

For more information about View, see this section of the manual. Want to customize your view more?: Check out the tutorial on Measuring and Viewing.

That’s it! Thanks for tuning in!

Dave Lawrence California Type Foundry

Bonus! Customizing Your View

If you want to customize your zooms more!

Changing Your Default View

To change the default view (Cmd3) go to Preferences > Distances > Default Level


You can also change how zoom in and out work in this area of preferences.


If you want to change the shortcut for default view, go to menu Tools > Commands & Shortcuts.