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I thought ctrl with + should work, but it doesn't.

How could I recover it and zoom out the views?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

To zoom in, just press the following keys: Ctrl+Shift++ (without the numeric keypad)

To recover your initial settings, press Ctrl+0 (without the numeric keypad)

Alternatively, you can use the gnome-terminal View menu to perform such operations:

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why zoom in need no 'shift' and zoom out need one? It's confusing! – Zen Apr 11 '14 at 9:46
On my azerty (french) keyboard, - does not need shift (but 6 does), may be the same for qwerty – Sylvain Pineau Apr 11 '14 at 9:49
Qwerty - is below _ hence no need for the shift key as well – Sylvain Pineau Apr 11 '14 at 9:50
@Zen - can be types by hitting the key -. + can be typed by holding Shift, and then hitting =. If you only press "Ctrl + +" as you say, then you actually type Ctrl + =`. With the Numpad, you do not have that issue though. – Lekensteyn Apr 11 '14 at 17:06

As the location of + and - can be very different when changing keyboard language or layout, it may be hard to find.
In some terminals, there is an easy and save alternative:

In KDE's terminal konsole, and maybe others, Control+MouseWheelUp and -Down work too for changing font size.

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Press CTRL + 0 to go to normal size. That should fix it.

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