In maverick, and I belive many old ubuntus, one could zoom in and out by holding super and scrolling with the mouse, but that doesn't work in Natty. How do you activate that again?

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    This has me puzzled too...
    – RolandiXor
    Apr 24, 2011 at 12:27

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First of all you need to install CompizConfig Settings Manager from the Software Centre. Once you've done that then launch it, and find the Enhanced Zoom Desktop plugin.

Here you need to enable the Zoom In and Zoom Out mouse shortcuts. To get the same behaviour as in 10.10 then set Zoom In to Button4 and Zoom Out to Button5.

Be aware that the Unity panel and launcher are not zoomable (this is probably why this functionality was disabled by default). Also the panel shadow may get in the way.

Screenshot of changing settings

  • For the "panel shadow may get in the way." use shift instead of super button :D
    – ucefkh
    Sep 15, 2014 at 22:35
  • I wouldn't have guessed in a million years that Button 4 and 5 are the scroll wheel. And I'm a developer!
    – Tobia
    Dec 23, 2015 at 0:06

Works in 11.10 also. http://jdnash.com/2012/02/practical-ubuntu-part-2-of-2/

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    – jrg
    Feb 19, 2012 at 4:25

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