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Easily switch betwixt full-page and text-only zoom modes in Safari with a keyboard shortcut
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Safari Zoom Mode Toggle

No longer under development: In Safari 10, the "Zoom Text Only" menu option has gone, but it is possible to zoom the text size only (as opposed to the whole page) using the keyboard shortcut Command+Option++/-.

An OS X "Service" (to which you can assign a shortcut key) to switch between full-page and text-only zoom modes in Safari.

This has been tested on Mavericks and Yosemite.


  1. Download the Zip file of the latest release:
  2. Unzip the Zip file and move the application and the service to your ~/Library/Services/ folder.
  3. Visit System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services and assign a shortcut key combination to the "Safari Zoom Mode Toggle" service (under "General" at the bottom of the list).


Press the shortcut key combination. Safari's Zoom Mode (text-only or full-page) will be toggled and the new mode announced by speech.

Note: the first time you use this (or a new version), it needs to be granted access to GUI scripting (so that it can access and activate System Preference's menus and menu items); instructions on how to do this are given in a pop-up message. You may need to run it using Finder from ~/Library/Services/ rather than via the keyboard shortcut in order for the pop-up to appear.


Normal AppleScripts are kept in binary files; this seemed incongruous with the nature of open development, so the script is being developed in plain text, in exchange for a small 'compilation' process being required...

  1. Ensure you have Apple's Command Line Developer tools installed (for make).
  2. Clone the code.
  3. Run make; this will compile/build the helper app and put it and the Service in ~/Library/Services/ for you. It will also build a Zip file containing the app, service and README for distribution.
  4. Follow step 3 as above.