Zoom and pan in a diagram

There are several ways to zoom in for a closer look at your Visio drawing and move the diagram around (or "pan" the diagram) to view the section you want.

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Zoom by using the Zoom controls

Zoom and pan by using the Pan & Zoom window

Zoom by using the Zoom command

Zoom and pan by using the keyboard and mouse

Zoom by using the wheel on a Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device

Zoom by using the Zoom controls

The Zoom controls are in the Visio status bar, below the diagramming page.

Navigate a diagram by using the tools in the status bar

Hold the pointer over each control to see what the control does. The controls include a slider that sets the zoom level, a button to fit the page to the size of the current window, and a button to open the Pan & Zoom window.

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Zoom and pan by using the Pan & Zoom window

  1. Open the Pan & Zoom window in either of two ways:

    • In the status bar, near the zoom slider, click the Pan & Zoom window button Pan and zoom button .

    • On the View tab, in the Show group, click Task Panes, and then click Pan & Zoom.

  2. In the Pan & Zoom window, if you do not see a red box, drag to create a red box. The red box indicates the region of the page that is shown in the drawing window.

  3. Resize the red box by dragging a side until it fits the area that you want to magnify.

  4. Pan to view other sections of the diagram by clicking inside the red box and dragging the box over the section you want to view.

    Tip: In the Pan & Zoom window, you can also move the slider to zoom in or out of your drawing.

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Zoom by using the Zoom command

On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then select a zoom level and click OK.

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Zoom and pan by using the keyboard and mouse

  1. Hold down both the CTRL and SHIFT keys.

    The pointer turns into a magnifying glass.

  2. Try the following techniques:

    • Click the left mouse button to enlarge the view.

    • Click the right mouse button to reduce the view.

    • Click the left mouse button and drag a rectange that contains just the region you want to zoom into.

    • Right-click and drag to pan the diagram.

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Zoom by using the wheel on a Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device

Do either of the following:

  • To scroll up or down, rotate the IntelliMouse wheel forward or backward.

  • To zoom in or out, hold down the CTRL key as you rotate the IntelliMouse wheel forward or backward.

Note: You can change the default behavior of the IntelliMouse wheel from scrolling to zooming on the Advanced tab of the Visio Options dialog box. For more information about changing options and to view troubleshooting tips for the Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device, see the IntelliPoint Online User's Guide.

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