[wishlist] gnome-terminal should support ctrl+= for zoom in

Bug #354447 reported by zzz on 2009-04-03
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Terminal
One Hundred Papercuts
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-terminal

In gnome-terminal the 'View --> Zoom In' menu item lists the key binding of "Ctrl++" in the same way as Mozilla Firefox does.

However, on for example a pc105 keyboard (en_GB variant), you technically need to either use 'Shift+Ctrl+=' or 'Ctrl+KPLUS' (the numpad +) to cause it to zoom in. So the referenced keybinding can be slightly confusing to the novice user.

Mozilla Firefox resolves this by also binding 'Ctrl+=' to the same function so users can easily discover the feature without much thought. As such, most users have a learned response of holding Ctrl and hitting the - and = keys to zoom in and out. Gnome Terminal should probably do the same to make it easier to discover the feature.

This effects both Ubuntu jaunty and Ubuntu intrepid. It has not been tested under hardy.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
Package: gnome-terminal 2.26.0-0ubuntu1
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-11-generic i686

zzz (oldman-deactivatedaccount) wrote :
Mark Hungerford (spaceboy909) wrote :

This one has annoyed me for quite some time, and it's definitely there under Hardy, and I'm pretty sure I remember it there in Gutsy and maybe Feisty.

It's only thanks to this bug thread that I now know how to use the zoom!

Also, I'd like to add a suggestion here. As I always run at high res, I'm always zooming all of my apps. It would be VERY nice if the terminal would remember the last zoom setting so I don't have to do it every time.

GNOME Terminal

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
summary: - gnome-terminal zoom-in keybinding referenced in menus is not intuitive
- in relation to the actual keypresses needed
+ Support ctrl+= for zoom in
Changed in gnome-terminal:
status: Unknown → New
summary: - Support ctrl+= for zoom in
+ [wishlist] gnome-terminal should support ctrl+= for zoom in
Fabien Tassin (fta) wrote :

on French keyboards, to get a zero (to reset the zoom), you need Shift + à.
In Firefox, Ctrl + à also resets the zoom.
Seems consistent to me.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. Unfortunately a paper cut should be a small usability issue that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. I'm afraid this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

This is a hardware specific issue , also not a usability issue faced by the majority of the average users, Hence not a papercut.

A paper cut is a minor usability annoyance that an average user would encounter on his/her first day of using a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10.

For further info about papercuts criteria , pls read > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PaperCut

Don't worry though, This bug has been marked as "invalid" ONLY in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in gnome-terminal:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Changed in gnome-terminal:
status: New → Confirmed
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