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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
Safari 4 includes a newly improved Zoom feature that makes it easier to read the text and see the images on web pages, whether you have trouble with your vision or if the web designer just made the text too darn small. To zoom in on any page hold down the Command or Apple key on your keyboard and press the Plus button which is really the Equals button, but Plus makes more sense since you are zooming in. Notice that both the text and the images are increasing in size. This is nice because all the elements on the page stay in proper proportion with each other. Now of course, to read the page I do have to do a little scrolling left and right, but everything is still in proportion with everything else.
To zoom back out we hold down the Apple key and hit the Minus key. You can actually go smaller than 100% zoom too, which is useful if you are trying to get a view of the entire contents of the page or at least a little more of the page. To get back to actual size, choose View > Actual Size, or press Command+0. You might have noticed that you also have the option of Zoom Text Only. With that option checked, now when I hit the Command+Plus key, notice only the text is getting larger, but the images stay the same size.
Now this can be good because it doesn't necessarily make you have to scroll both left and right and up and down to read the page, but it does tend to make the layout look not that great. You can see we have got overlapping text here and notice how the menus are now just falling off the background. So let's uncheck Zoom Text Only. And again everything is back in proper proportion with each other. I am just going to hit Command+0 to go back to actual size. There you have the new Full Page Zoom feature of Safari 4.
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