Adobe Illustrator Zoom around selected, not to screen centre?


Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator.

Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather than the centre of the screen?

5/13/2014 7:11:00 PM

Accepted Answer

I built the following scripts to replace Ctrl+1 (zoom to 100%). When nothing is selected, it will center the view to centerpoint of active artboard. When one or more elements are selected, it will center the view on the object(s) centerpoint.


GitHub repo created to host these adobe scripts to handle the functionality described:

Save the linked code into your scripts folder (assuming default install location of Adobe 2017 for Windows 10): C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2017\Presets\en_US\Scripts.

*Additional note: I've also created some AutoHotkey scripts to help Windows users with creation of hotkeys to execute these scripts easier. I'll update this post when they've been added to the repo.

2/13/2019 12:37:00 PM

2016 UPDATE:

Illustrator CC now has the ability to smooth zoom.

If your graphics card supports it - just hold Command/Ctrl+Spacebar and move the cursor over the area you want to zoom in to... That's all there is to it.

Pre-CC answer.....

No. Illustrator provides no mechanism to "zoom to selected".

It may be possible via scripting.


You can temporarily access the Zoom Tool by holding the Command/Ctrl+Spacebar key combination. This will allow you to draw a rectangle around what you want to zoom in on. (Add Option/Alt and it becomes Zoom Out.) Then just hit Command/Ctrl+0 to zoom to page again. Pressing Z toggles the magnifying glass tool to give the same functionality without holding down buttons, but will require switching tools after (probably A or V for most things.)

And you may find the Navigator Panel (Window > Navigator) handy. It's designed to move the "zoom" around with a click-drag in the panel.

You can also open an additional window for the document you are working on via Window > New Window. With this option you can set the zoom differently for each window allowing you to work zoomed in, then view the art zoomed out, without the need to continually zoom in and out. Changes in one window are reflected in both windows.