From this answer the way to zoom in/out of text in Gedit is by installing gedit-plugins, enabling the text size plugin and using Ctrl + Mouse scroll to zoom in/out.

This doesn't work in Gedit 3.4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. There are no changes on the text size - either increase or decrease.

Ctrl + + doesn't work either and the only way is to select the menu directly in "View" -> "Increase/Decrease font size". To get the 'right' zoom, you will have to do this multiple times - for me it came to 8 times.

How can I get the keyboard shortcuts working? It's tiring and time wasting.


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This is a known bug at Launchpad.

On the meanwhile, these shortcuts work on Gedit 3.4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04:

  • Zoom In: ctrl + shift + +
  • Zoom out: ctrl + -
  • Normal size: ctrl + 0

ctrl + mouse wheel don't work in either zoom in or zoom out.

  • in my case, only Ctrl+scroll up/down works. I use Macbook pro 2012.
    – sugab
    Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 15:30

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