Zooming Problem on Macs

Auto-zooming can be an issue on newer apple computers that have a “Magic Mouse.”  The Magic Mouse is the default mouse that comes with new apple desktops. Safari is the default browser on Apple computers and the default mouse settings only impact Safari and other default programs.

There are two ways to fix the automatic zooming.

  1. Download a different browser like Google Chrome which won’t be connected to default system settings and Fast ForWord works well on Google Chrome.
  2. Go into the computer’s “System Preferences” and select the mouse. (System preferences should be an icon on the dock) Uncheck the box to turn off “Smart Zoom.” This will stop automatic zooming from happening in Safari.

Note, if you would prefer not to change the default settings on the computer or use a better browser, the Magic Mouse can zoom out, too. Double tapping towards the left side of the magic mouse zooms in and double tapping towards the right side of the mouse will zoom out. If the settings aren’t changed and the smart zoom is still activated, the student needs to know not to right side double tap over any of the objects in a game to make sure nothing is accidentally registered with the games on Fast ForWord (avoiding a false error).