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Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator.

Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather than the centre of the screen?

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For me (CC) it zooms not to the center of the screen but to the mouse location. Presumably that's not what you're looking for either? – JohnB May 13 '14 at 19:29
How did you get that turned on? I don't have that, at all. It's not ideal, but it's better than the blind centre zoom. – Confused May 13 '14 at 19:33
Oops, didn't read your question properly. To zoom, I always use Cmd/Ctrl + Alt + Mouse Scroll, that will zoom in on the mouse pointer's location. I have the same behavior as you for Cmd/Ctrl + = – JohnB May 13 '14 at 19:37
Yeah, mouse wheel and two finger does that, but I'm trying to get object zoom. It seems like such a logical thing to have... but... no. – Confused May 13 '14 at 19:38
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No. Illustrator provides no mechanism to "zoom to selected".

It may be possible via scripting.


You can temporarily access the Zoom Tool by holding the Command/Ctrl+Spacebar key combination. This will allow you to draw a rectangle around what you want to zoom in on. (Add Option/Alt and it becomes Zoom Out.) Then just hit Command/Ctrl+0 to zoom to page again. Pressing Z toggles the magnifying glass tool to give the same functionality without holding down buttons, but will require switching tools after (probably A or V for most things.)

And you may find the Navigator Panel (Window > Navigator) handy. It's designed to move the "zoom" around with a click-drag in the panel.

You can also open an additional window for the document you are working on via Window > New Window. With this option you can set the zoom differently for each window allowing you to work zoomed in, then view the art zoomed out, without the need to continually zoom in and out. Changes in one window are reflected in both windows.

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Thanks. None of those help me, I'm looking for something super quick to go in and out on different objects as I select them, as and when I want to assess, edit, assess, edit... etc. Just another reason to despise the UX of AI. – Confused May 13 '14 at 19:50
@Confused added key combo which may help (it's what I use). – Scott May 13 '14 at 20:30
I know all these, they're kind of universal-ish. It's just that a few other apps I use zoom to selected, or have zoom to extents of selected built in. Thought for sure Illustrator would have something like it. But was being optimistic. – Confused May 13 '14 at 21:16

Zoom to selected is a great feature that I also use constantly on other design programs...the closest I can find in illustrator is to assign a hotkey to "Object >> Artboards >> Fit to selected art" which creates an artboard around your selected object and then you can use the hotkey (CTRL + 0 on mine) to "Zoom to Artboard"...I know this is not ideal because you end up creating a bunch of useless artboards but it is the closest way I can find to duplicate the latest problem is I realized that it zooms differently if I am in outline mode or preview mode. After pressing 'z' for the 'Zoom tool' I get marquee zoom in outline mode and "scrubby zoom" in preview mode...can't find settings to change either...baffles me how core functionality like this is still not right after all these versions...

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Using the Alt modifier key and the Scroll wheel, you can zoom around the mouse pointer. Point at what you want to zoom into, and use this shortcut key combination to zoom.

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Closest answer for me, but with apple mouse it's pretty bad. Still can't really believe there's no option to enable this like in Sketch, or even Fireworks. – M_Willett Oct 9 '15 at 11:46

This is a simple question and I don't see the right answer above. This person is simply asking, from what I can see, how to turn off the "dynamic zoom" Go to preferences, choose GPU Performance and unclick the dynamic zoom box.

Ah, I see it was answered in a post I missed!

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I got the proper solution from the very easy script Zoom Selection which can be downloaded from here.

The script Zoom Selection (developed by John Wundes) is designed for instant zooming in of the objects to a full screen. This feature will help you quickly view and edit objects.

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It's the norm in Indesign/PS — with an object selected you hit command + 1 to go to 100% view with the zoom centered on selected object. It's far quicker to toggle between a zoomed mode and 100% with a keystroke than it is to futz with a scroll wheel + modifier (the amount of precision to get that right is ridiculous) or command + space... or the navigation panel.

Why the Adobe Illustrator design team thinks it's better for that zoom to be based on the art board AND ALSO not give the user the option to customize, is a mystery to me. It's been a pet peeve for years and you'll notice Adobe support never answers the question.

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it is in Preferences -> GPU Performance, you have to uncheck "Enable Animated Zoom"

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How does this answer the question? According to the online Help you can "Select this check box to enable zoom actions to appear smooth and animated." – Rad Lexus May 22 '15 at 8:47

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