If you are not using Mac’s mouse and choosing trackpad instead, you must have faced some teething troubles of inadvertently zooming in and out content displayed on your Mac’s screen or on websites browsed in Safari.

This pinch-to-zoom feature of Mac sometimes irritates you as you could be working on some official project. But there is a solution to this problem; you can disable pinch-to-zoom gesture in Safari and Mac OS X El Capitan. By doing this, you can smoothly use the trackpad without zooming in or out the screen.

How to Turn Off Pinch to Zoom Gesture on Mac

How to Disable Pinch to Zoom Gesture in Safari & Mac OS X

Step #1. Go to the Apple menu and click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #2. Click on Trackpad.

Click on Trackpad in Mac System Preferences

On the Trackpad screen, you can see three buttons in header: Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, and More Gestures.

Step #3. Click on the second option, i.e. Scroll & Zoom.

Again, you can see four check-boxes:

  1. Scroll direction: natural
  2. Zoom in or out
  3. Smart zoom
  4. Rotate

Step #4. Uncheck “Zoom in or out”.

Turn Off Pinch to Zoom Gesture in Mac OS X El Capitan

This action will have immediate effect on the zoom in and out option on the trackpad of Mac. Please note that you won’t be able to use this feature anywhere in your Mac. On webpages opened in Safari, you can use keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and zoom out photos and other content.

We have observed that new Mac users face this issue frequently as their fingers are not acclimatized with trackpad, and therefore, they fall in the trap of zoom-in, zoom-out when they want to hover cursor on an icon or application.

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