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How To Zoom in Minecraft – Different Methods

ways to zoom in Minecraft
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to Zoom in Minecraft? After the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic dragging on for a certain amount of time, Minecraft emerged as an amazing game for all ages of users. Also, the Microsoft-owned game has organized to achieve 50 million downloads as it was made available for free in March.

The game needs you to mine resources also use them to make worlds of your choice from ground zero, protect your base from enemies. Also, try and find the latest elements that you can use for your world. Also, it involves breaking stuff and making more difficult items, you probably like to zoom in on some scenes to use blocks and tools in a better fashion.

The following article will help you to zoom in while playing Minecraft on your computer.

Low Field Of View

Minecraft enables you to modify what’s visible on the screen by resizing your Field of View or FOV. The higher the FOV value, the more things you’ll view in your view. Once you choose a lower FOV value, you’ll easily get a zoomed-in view of your world. Also, you zoom in on your Minecraft screen resizing the field of view to a lower value.

Step 1:

Well inside the Minecraft window, just hit the Esc key on your keyboard to get to the Game menu.

Step 2:

Now inside the Game menu, tap on the Options box.

Step 3:

In this screen, you can simply resize your field of view by moving the tool inside FOV to the left.

Moving the FOV to the left will display you lesser details after zooming in.

Step 4:

After adjusting a certain FOV value, tap on Done under the Options screen to store the modifications and then press ‘Back to Game’.

Well, your Minecraft window will also zoom in.

Setup the macOS Accessibility choice

After setting your FOV does provides you some kind of a zoomed-in effect on Minecraft. Also, you can use macOS’ Accessibility settings to provide you a better zoom option. After using an accessibility shortcut to zoom manually in and out of your Minecraft window.

Step 1:

Head over to System Preferences from the dock under it or using Spotlight.

Step 2:

Tap on Accessibility.

Step 3:

From the left sidebar, tap on Zoom and view the box located next to ‘Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom’.

By default, the assigned Control key is used as the modifier key to zoom in on a screen.

Step 4 (Optional):

If you want to modify the modifier key, simply tap on the down arrow adjacent to the box at the bottom ‘Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom’ and choose your modifier key of choice – Command key, Option key, or Control key.

Step 5:

Move over to the Minecraft window. Then hold the modifier key that you select and move up and down on the screen to zoom in or out.

Now hit and hold the modifier key and move up using your mouse to zoom in on Minecraft.

Setup OptiFine Mod

Well, you must know about using Optifine Mod to zoom in Minecraft.

How to install Optifine mod on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Step 0:

If you want to use the OptiFine Mod, simply download and install the Java SE Development Kit 14 for your computer from the links given below.

Follow the steps provided on the installer to successfully install Java SE on your windows PC.

Step 1:

Install the OptiFine Mod for Minecraft on your windows computer. For the mod to work with the newest model of Minecraft, move to the OptiFine Mod page and tap on ‘Preview versions’ located at the top that displays the newest preview build for Minecraft version 1.15.

Step 2:

Head over to the .jar file corresponding to the OptiFine Mod and tap on Install. Once the installation is done, hit OK. It’ll install the OptiFine Mod as a module inside Minecraft.

Step 3:

Head over to the Minecraft launcher.

Step 4:

Now check if the OptiFine Mod loaded on to the game. If it has, you will then view Optifine inside a box located under the left-hand side of the Play button.

If you can’t view see it, click on the box located next to the Play button and choose Optifine.

Step 5:

Tap on the Play button located inside the Minecraft launch and then load a game.

Step 6:

After playing the game, hit and hold the ‘C’ key to zoom in to an object or scene that’s located in the middle of your screen. You can also hit the key whenever you like to zoom in at a specific time.

That’s all! You have successfully turned on the OptiFine mod that is inside Minecraft to zoom in on your gameplay.

How do you modify the hotkey for zoom

You can also modify the hotkey once you installed OptiFine Mod within the game’s settings after playing the game. You can also do so by following the instructions below:

Step 1:

On the gameplay screen, hit the Esc key on your keyboard and tap on the Options button that is inside the Game Menu.

Step 2:

In the Options menu, tap on the Controls button.

Step 3:

Move down and find the section named ‘Miscellaneous’ and use a hotkey for the Zoom function. This key by default set as ‘C’, you can also modify this to whichever key on your keyboard.

How To Load OptiFine On Minecraft Launcher

Well, if it is not appearing in the Minecraft launcher, then manually load it. Also, you can do so by following the commands below:

Step 1:

Head over to the Minecraft launcher on your computer.

Step 2:

Tap on the Installations tab located at the top and press the ‘+ New’ button at the top.

Step 3:

Now from the ‘Create new installation’ window, choose OptiFine as your selected release and tap on Create.

Optifine is also available as a choice inside the Installations tab. Also, you can initiate playing the game with the latest mod by tapping the Play button adjacent to Optifine.

Is OptiFine still not working?

As the “OptiFine 1.15.2 HD U G1 pre18” is a preview launch. There’s a model that probably not work for you if you’re on the newest build of Minecraft. But if you’re using the Minecraft model 1.14 or older, then you can install and download the required OptiFine Mod for your model from OptiFine’s download page.

Setup zoomed-out maps 

Arther than using the zoom functionality, you probably like to use maps for moving inside Minecraft with ease. While playing with other players or survival mode, maps are the tool that enables you to view your surroundings. Also, secure you from getting lost, and protect your home whenever the time comes.

How to create a map inside Minecraft

You can also create a map while playing Minecraft and use it to get a zoom-out view of your world.

Step 1:

Gather all the items needed to create a Map. It includes sugar cane (for paper), a crafting table, and a compass.

Step 2:

If you want to make 9 pieces of paper, you simply open the crafting table, then put 3x sugar canes each under the left, bottom middle, and bottom right squares and click the paper icon located in the right box. Once you created, transfer it to the inventory.

Step 3:

Now we can proceed further to make a map. In the crafting grid, put the compass in the center square and paper in all the other remaining squares.

Step 4:

Choose the yellow paper placed in the right box and transfer it to your inventory. Now your map is ready and you can use it to move around the world.

Step 5:

You can also use the map by choosing it in the Equip bar located under the game screen and then right-tapping (hitting and holding on Android) on your mouse.

Info: Now the map seems empty once you initially create it. It can only fill up after you add it to the Equip bar and rotate around your world. 

Get a zoomed-out map in Minecraft

Once you create a map, you will check that it is set a specific zoom value. You can, also, turn on a more zoomed-out map on Minecraft by spreading it to add a big view of your world. If you want to get a zoomed-out map, follow the commands given below:

Step 1:

At first, create a map of your world from the technique right above and gather 32 pieces of paper. You want 32 pieces as you can also make a zoomed-out view of your map in 4 levels and you want 8 pieces of paper at every level.

Step 2:

Head over to your crafting table, then add your map to the middle square.

Step 3:

Then rotate or move paper to the rest of the squares resides in the crafting grid.

Step 4:

Now choose and move the resulting map to your inventory.

Step 5:

Once done, repeat all steps further by adding the latest made map in the middle whenever you like to zoom out.

Simply achieve maximum zoom after repeating the commands (Step 1 – Step 4) 3 more times (after the first time), which creates 2048×2048 blocks. You can then add the map and move around your world to register all of its landmarks and elements.


So that’s all about “Zoom in Minecraft”. If you think that it is helpful then do let us know your suggestions in the comment section below. Have you found any other methods that we can’t cover in this article? Comment us below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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