Zoom controls the visual scale of a drawing. It does not affect the physical size of objects as set by the layer scale. Like a magnifying glass, zoom controls how close or far away objects appear on the screen. Zoom in to get a close-up view of a detail, and zoom out to get a broader view of the whole drawing.

During a zoom operation, the drawing continues to display normally if possible. A complex drawing may not display in full detail during a zoom operation, but as soon as the zoom is complete, the drawing displays normally. When in an uncropped perspective projection, zooming moves the viewpoint in the model while the line of sight remains centered in the window; see Projection.

The Vectorworks program includes zoom functionality through the mouse wheel, through buttons on the View bar, and through the Zoom tool on the Basic palette.

Zooming with the Mouse Wheel

On a wheel-mouse, roll the mouse wheel forward to magnify the drawing (the Zoom tool on the Basic palette need not be selected). Roll the mouse wheel backward to zoom out from the drawing.

The mouse wheel behavior is controlled by the Mouse wheel zooms setting in the Edit tab of the Vectorworks Preferences dialog box. If the wheel is set to scroll by default, you must press the Ctrl (Windows) or Option (Mac) key while you roll in order to zoom. See Vectorworks Preferences: Edit Tab for details.

This feature will not work properly if standard scrolling is disabled in the mouse setup. For example, if the mouse’s scrolling size is set to “none,” mouse zooming in the Vectorworks program is disabled. (The specific settings required for this feature depend on the type of mouse being used.)

Zooming from the View Bar

From the View bar, click Zoom to double the magnification of the drawing (a single-click on this button performs the same function as a double-click on the Zoom tool on the Basic palette). To reduce the magnification by half, press the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) when you click Zoom. To zoom by a specific amount, enter a zoom factor in the View bar, or select one from the pull-down list.

If an object or objects are currently selected, the zoom is centered on those objects. To zoom on a specific area of the drawing (with nothing selected), click in an open area and then click Zoom.


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