How to Disable the Zoom Level Option in Internet Explorer?

One of our readers wrote asking me how to disable the zoom feature in Internet Explorer, as the zoom level in Internet Explorer changes when the CTRL key is accidentally pressed when scrolling a webpage using mouse. Sometimes this does happen to me as well, and the only workaround that I know is to disable the zoom level feature altogether. This also prevents you from changing the zoom level via the View menu in Internet Explorer. If you don’t use the zoom feature in IE, go ahead with this registry edit.

Disabling the Zoom Level Feature in Internet Explorer

Start Regedit.exe and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Zoom

If the Zoom key doesn’t exist by default, create one manually.

Create a new DWORD (32 bit) value named ZoomDisabled

Double-click ZoomDisabled and set its data to 1

Exit the Registry Editor.

Registry File

To automate the above, download iezoom.zip and run disable-iezoom.reg file. To enable the zoom feature if you need it later, run enable-iezoom.reg.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

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