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Disable the Zoom Slider in MS Office

Posted By Kevin On January 6, 2011 @ 1:20 PM In MS Excel,MS Office Help,MS PowerPoint,MS Word | Comments Disabled

So, here’s the scenario… you’re happily working in one of the newest versions of an MS Office program and things are progressing nicely.

Then suddenly it happens – the program window goes “wacky” and you find yourself looking at the file after a zoom in or zoom out.

What happened there?

To be quite honest it could be several things but the cause I’d like to discuss today is the Zoom Slider addition found the on the status bar of the newest Office programs.


The Zoom Slider is the little slide button located on the far right of the Status bar.

It can be a quick and easy way to slide the view around to suit your needs.

The problem comes in for those of us who rarely, if ever, choose to zoom in or out and yet find ourselves accidentally clicking on the slider.

That accidental click can cause some chaos and wasted time, as you return things to normal.

If this is you then my suggestion is to get rid of the Zoom Slider.

No Zoom Slider = fewer accidental zoom changes

Getting rid of the Zoom Slider is one of the easiest things you can do to make your work day go a little smoother. So, let’s take a look.

The first step is to right-click on the Status Bar.

From the list of options, you need to uncheck Zoom Slider.

And that’s it… Zoom Slider is gone, leaving you with a few less moments of that “What just happened?” feeling.

~ April


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