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Keyboard and Mousewheel combination for Zoom

Apr 9, 2012 10:24 AM

Tags: #illustrator #shortcut #zoom #alt #mousewheel

Hello everyone,


I have a problem in Illustrator when navigating around the artboard.


By default, if I want to use zoom function I press Alt key and zoom in or out using the mousewheel.

When I am satified with the zoom level I release the Alt button and top navigation is activated. See what I mean in the picture below:




Let's say I have the Type Tool activated and I want to access the Selection Tool by using shortcut the V key.

Instead of Selection Tool I get the View drop down menu from the top navigation expanded. Then I have to click away or choose the Selection Tool with the mouse.


This has been bugging me for a while now as it slows the work.

Also, I have checked the Preferences trying to change the keyboard and mousewheel combination, but I haven't found it.


So, is there a way to fix this problem?



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    Apr 9, 2012 10:32 AM   in reply to Not_Relevant

    Use "shift+alt" key inplace of just "Alt" key

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    Apr 9, 2012 10:58 AM   in reply to Not_Relevant

    in my opinion, the single most annoying "feature". adobe added this behavior in CS5 and there's no way out of it, except the use of a third party program.


    it's been long discussed, you can entertain yourself here, and a find probable solution.


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    Apr 9, 2012 11:48 AM   in reply to Not_Relevant

    Sorry but I dont think there is a way to fix it other than using something else and get use to it.


    Ctrl+=   zoom in


    Ctrl+-   Zoom out is also the keyboard shortcut you can use...


    Sorry not a big help...

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    May 9, 2013 3:01 AM   in reply to Not_Relevant


    1. download AutoHotkey (

    2. install it

    3. it will offer you to place sample script to your documents, allow it

    4. go to your documents, find file AutoHotkey.ahk (this is that sample script)

    5. edit that file with notepad or something

    6. delete everything in file and place this text:

    ~!WheelDown::send {Blind}

    ~!WheelUp::send {Blind}

    7. save, close

    8. run file

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    May 31, 2013 2:25 AM   in reply to Not_Relevant



    What you don't seem to realise is that when you use the "alt" key it underlines the top navigation words, like in your image, eg 'File' becomes 'File'

    This activation makes it so that when you press the 'f' key the file menu will open. The same for pressing 'v' for View and O for Object etc etc.


    Simply press the "alt" key again and it should toggle between activating the top navigation bar (with underlined words) and deactivating the bar (without underlined words).


    Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

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    May 31, 2013 4:00 AM   in reply to hottogo

    i think most people posting are aware of that...

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