Reset Chrome zoom levels for websites


A useful feature in all web browsers is the ability to zoom in an out of a web page. In other words, to shrink the contents or to magnify them. Chrome remembers the zoom setting for every website you use zoom with, so how do you reset Chrome and make it forget the zoom settings?

If you have not used the zoom feature in Chrome, you should try it. It is especially useful when viewing large web pages on small screens. Many laptop and notebook computers have limited vertical resolution and a web page’s contents disappear off the bottom of the screen.

If you want to see more of the web page, you can zoom out a little and make the contents 90% or even 75% of the original size. The result is that more of the web page fits in the browser window on the screen.

Some websites seem to use very large font sizes for the text (to pad out short stories and make them seem bigger presumably), and zooming out a little makes the text size more normal. Zooming in to websites is useful when the text is very small and your eyesight isn’t so good. Magnify the page and the larger text is easier to read.

To zoom in and out on a web page in Chrome, go to the menu button and and click the plus and minus buttons next to Zoom. An even better way is to hold down the Ctrl key and press - (minus) to zoom out and + (plus) to zoom in. (If you use an Apple Mac as well as a PC, use Cmd instead of Ctrl.)

What you may not have realised is that Chrome remembers this setting and when you visit the website again, it shows the pages at the same zoom level you used before.

As with a lot of things that try to be helpful by second guessing what you want, sometimes it is useful and sometimes it isn’t. You might be browsing the web one day and wonder why some web pages look odd. It could be the zoom level that you once set and Chrome has remembered it.

So where does Chrome store the websites that zoom has been used with and how do you reset them back to normal? Of course, you could just reset the zoom when you notice that it isn’t 100%, but sometimes you just don’t notice, not and first, and you only realise later. You don’t want to have to check every web page you visit.

To see the list of zoomed websites, go to the menu button and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Show advanced settings. In the Privacy section, click Content settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the Content settings window and under Zoom Levels, click the Manage button.

 Zoom history in Chrome

Mouse over or click a website and then click the cross at the right hand side to delete the stored zoom setting.

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