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How to Fix: My iPad is Zoomed In

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What to Do When Your iPad Zoom is Stuck
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As part of the iPad's accessibility features, the display can be permanently zoomed in to aid those with poor or failing eyesight. For those of us with good eyesight, getting the iPad's zoom feature stuck on can be a little frustrating if you don't know how to fix it.

The iPad can be configured to zoom in two different ways, so we'll need two different attempts to fix the problem. Afterwards, we'll check the iPad settings to make sure we don't run into this issue again.

  1. The first thing to attempt is to double tap the iPad's display with three fingers. This is just like double tapping the screen, but you'll use your index, middle and ring fingers all at the same time.
  2. If double tapping with three fingers doesn't work, try pushing the iPad's Home Button three times in rapid succession. This is the second way of turning on the zoom feature, and it is easy to just push it twice, so try this step a couple of times to see if it will fix the zoom being stuck.

Hint: While the iPad's display is zoomed in, you can use three fingers to drag the screen around. Remember, scroll bars still need two fingers to drag.

How to Turn Off the Zoom Accessibility Feature

What are Accessibility Features?

Wondering how you got into that mess? Accessibility features are implemented in most devices and are created for those with physical deficiencies who find it difficult to operate the device using the normal settings. The zoom-in feature is one of many for those with difficulty seeing. Some of the other display features for those with less-than-perfect eyesight include extra large text and a white-on-black mode.

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