Daily Archives: June 17, 2008

Restore Traditional ‘Text-Only’ Zoom in Firefox 3

Firefox 3 is officially out since today, and one of the much-touted new features is the proportional full-page zoom. As soon as I found about this feature during the various reviews of pre-release versions, I was dreading that it would be like IE 7’s full page zoom.

I actually prefer the text-only zoom of Firefox 2, because on most web pages, only the text is too small. All other page elements are usually big enough. More importantly, when zooming the whole page, you automatically get scroll-bars forcing you to scroll left and right to read the page. This in particular is very inconvenient.

Fortunately, the full-page zoom can be turned off. From the View menu, choose zoom, and then select “Zoom Text Only”. This restores the traditional zoom behavior