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Resize the image, not the window size

Added on Tuesday 17th of March 2009 12:48 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating System:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Whenever I zoom in on my image, the window changes size as well. This is somewhat annoying. Is there a way to tell Photoshop not to change the window size when I zoom?


By default, Photoshop resizes image windows when you zoom in or out of an image. However, the window resizing stops when the image size meets your monitor size.

But if you’d rather keep the window size the same and just resize the image, you can tell Photoshop to do so. Just change the preference setting.


Note: You must be in Standard Screen mode for this setting to make a difference. Press F to cycle through screen modes or click the Change Screen Mode button at the base of the Tools panel (located on the Applications Bar in CS4) and select Standard Screen Mode.


Choose Photoshop > Preferences > General (Edit > Preferences > General in Windows) to display the Preferences dialog box. Deselect the Zoom Resizes Windows check box, as shown in Figure A, and click OK.



If you’d rather fiddle with the preferences, use the shortcuts shown in Table A instead. These shortcuts—with or without the [option] modifier ([Alt] in Windows)—control the window size when zooming in or out of your image.


Table A:

Keyboard shortcuts to zoom and resize window—or not

Zoom action

Mac keyboard shortcut

Windows keyboard shortcut


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