Alt Key + Mouse Scroll is the New Text Zoom In/Out in NetBeans

When the text zoom in/out, via "Ctrl Key + Mouse Wheel", was introduced in editors in a recent version of NetBeans IDE, many people cheered. Others booed because the combination "Ctrl Key + Mouse Wheel" is often pressed accidentally, especially when the user scrolls in the editor while intending to use some Ctrl shortcut, such as paste, which is Ctrl-v.

So, in NetBeans IDE 7.2, the text zoom in/out is now "Alt Key + Mouse Wheel":

http://netbeans.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=212484

Remember that the text change only persists for as long as the file is open. So, if you've accidentally resized the text (i.e., in the current situation, prior to 7.2, where unintended side effects may happen because of Ctrl key usage), you can just close the file and reopen it to get the text size back to the way it was before.

Comments:

Hi Geertjan. I must commend your tireless effort on spreading the NetBeans gospel (especially the platform). Am a developer from Kenya. Since I started using the NetBeans IDE (back in 2009, as an undergraduate) I discovered the development of Java apps on the platform. Presently, I develop commercial systems. I would like to share what relevantly imaginative solutions can be achieved when you use this platform. How can this be done?

Posted by guest on June 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM PDT #

http://netbeans.dzone.com is a great place to write articles about NetBeans. And if you send me some screenshots of your apps, I'll add them to the NetBeans Platform showcase: http://platform.netbeans.org/screenshots.html

Posted by Geertjan on June 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM PDT #

What's the shortcut to bring back default zoom level?

Posted by sgtgarcia on June 21, 2012 at 04:40 AM PDT #

Just close and open the file.

Posted by Geertjan on June 21, 2012 at 04:42 AM PDT #

'just close and open file' lol
you guys really thought that one through, didn't you

Posted by guest on June 21, 2012 at 04:53 AM PDT #

Just ignore anyone ragging on you. You NetBeans guys are doing a great job; keep up the good work.

Posted by johnstosh on June 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM PDT #

To activate th Ctrl Molette zoom go to Tools->Options -> Shortcuts.
Edit "Zoom in", press Ctrl so that CTRL + appears in the shortcut description. Click on the arrow on the right hand corner of the input (where you have clicked to edit the shortcut). A little box appears with buttons such as MOUSE UP, MOUSE DOWN, etc. Click on MOUSE UP.

Attention, if your Netbeans is not in English (for instance French), you have to edit "Zoom in", and not "Zoom avant".

Posted by guest on October 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM PDT #

To activate th Ctrl Molette zoom go to Tools->Options -> Shortcuts.
Edit "Zoom in", press Ctrl so that CTRL + appears in the shortcut description. Click on the arrow on the right hand corner of the input (where you have clicked to edit the shortcut). A little box appears with buttons such as MOUSE UP, MOUSE DOWN, etc. Click on MOUSE UP.

Attention, if your Netbeans is not in English (for instance French), you have to edit "Zoom in", and not "Zoom avant".

Posted by suani on October 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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