- Among the many extensions available to Microsoft Edge, Zoom is a very useful one that extends the zooming capabilities of your web pages.
- The article below will showcase how you can use it, and when it can prove itself to be helpful.
- To read more about useful browser add-ons, visit our Extensions page.
- If Edge is what you want to know more about, check out our dedicated Microsoft Edge page.
Zoom for Microsoft Edgeis a fresh browser extension for Windows 10’s default web browser created by the maker of Turn off the Lights. In Edge, users can zoom in all kinds of ways, but advanced zooming controls are still missing.
While the default zooming options (Ctrl+ for zooming in, Ctrl – for zooming out, or holding down Ctrl-key and using the mouse wheel) all work, they’re limited. There isn’t any option for changing zoom steps, for setting a different default zoom, or for applying a custom zoom level for specific sites.
Zoom for Microsoft Edge
The Edge extension collection includes 25 extensions, which isn’t many considering that support for browser extensions was added last year in the Anniversary Update.
The new set of extensions can be opened in Microsoft Store. The next time you’re going to open Microsoft Edge when you run the installation on Windows Store, you’re going to get a prompt that needs to be accepted in order to enable the extension and start using it.
The extension adds a new icon to Edge, and you’ll find it once you click the menu icon. Right-click on the icon and you’ll be able to move next to the address bar to make it more accessible.
Zoom for Microsoft Edge features:
- Click the icon and use the slider for changing the zoom level (1-400).
- Click the icon and use the mouse to change the zooming level.
- Enable the zoom all together from the preference page to zoom in/out on all open pages at the same time.
- Save the zoom value for all websites.
- Switch between the zoom engine of the default browser and using CSS zoom.
- Display the zooming percentage on the icon.
- Set a default zoom ration for every site and set custom zooming steps.
Zoom for Microsoft Edge is quite a useful extension for the browser, especially for users who are interested in more advanced zoom options and customizations.
Browsers with similar extensions
If you need a browser where you have a bit more control over how you zoom in on UI elements, then we may have an alternative for you.
It looks and feels just as modern as Edge, and it is also Chromium-based, and it is called Opera.
While the browser itself doesn’t have too many zoom features, it does have access to an immense library of extensions just like Edge’s Zoom.
However, that’s where the list of similarities end since the Opera extensions have been proven to be much more stable.
More so, both are free, but Opera has a few nifty extra tools in its arsenal, so might as well go for the better alternative.
OperaA lightweight Internet browser that is responsive, sleek, and has access to a wide varienty of extensions, including some that help with page zooming.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.