When I use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in Inkscape, it is all too easy to rocket from useless big to useless small. Is there a way to control the sensitivity of the mouse scroll wheel zoom?

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Edit > Preferences > Behavior > Steps > Zoom in/out by


Instead of using the mouse wheel to zoom you can also use the number keys 1 to 5 for zoom presets. I found this more convenient than scrolling.

1 zoom 1:1
2 zoom 1:2
3 zoom to selection
4 zoom to drawing
5 zoom to page

There are also keys for free zooming.

+ zoom in
- zoom out

See here for more keyboard shortcuts.

  • Very helpful, thank you. I knew about 4, +, and -, but not the others.
    – Jack
    Oct 18, 2018 at 9:25

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