Increases or decreases the magnification of the view in the current viewport.

Access Methods


 Ribbon: View tabNavigate panelRealtimeNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace
 Menu: ViewZoomRealtimeNot available in menus in the current workspace
 Toolbar: Standard 
 Shortcut menu: With no objects selected, right-click in the drawing area and choose Zoom to zoom in real time.
 Command entry: zoom (or 'zoom for transparent use)

You can change the magnification of a view by zooming in and out, which is similar to zooming in and out with a camera. Using ZOOM does not change the absolute size of objects in the drawing. It changes only the magnification of the view.

In a perspective view, ZOOM displays the 3DZOOM prompts.

NoteYou cannot use ZOOM transparently during VPOINT or DVIEW or while ZOOM, PAN, or VIEW is in progress.

Specify corner of window, enter a scale factor (nX or nXP), or

[ All/ Center/ Dynamic/ Extents/ Previous/ Scale/ Window/ Object] < real time>:


Zooms to display the entire drawing in the current viewport. In a plan view, All zooms to the grid limits or current extents, whichever is greater. In a 3D view, ZOOM All is equivalent to ZOOM Extents. The display shows all objects even if the drawing extends outside the grid limits.

In the illustration, LIMITS is greater than the extents of the drawing.

Because it always regenerates the drawing, you cannot use ZOOM All transparently.


Zooms to display a view defined by a center point and a magnification value or a height. A smaller value for the height increases the magnification. A larger value decreases the magnification.

Specify center point: Specify a point (1)

Enter magnification or height <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER


Pans and zooms using a rectangular viewbox. The view box represents your view, which you can shrink or enlarge and move around the drawing. Positioning and sizing the view box pans or zooms to fill the viewport with the view inside the view box.

  • To change the size of the view box, click, resize it, and click again to accept the new size of the view box.
  • To pan with the view box, drag it to the location you want and press ENTER.

Zooms in or out to display the extents of the drawing. This results in the largest possible display of all the objects.


Zooms to display the previous view. You can restore up to 10 previous views.

NoteIf you change the visual style, the view is changed. If you enter ZOOM Previous, it restores the previous view, which is shaded differently but not zoomed differently.

Zooms to change the magnification of a view using a scale factor.

Enter a scale factor (nX or nXP): Specify a value

  • Enter a value followed by x to specify the scale relative to the current view.
  • Enter a value followed by xp to specify the scale relative to paper space units.

For example, entering .5x causes each object to be displayed at half its current size on the screen.

Entering .5xp displays model space at half the scale of paper space units. You can create a layout with each viewport displaying objects at a different scale.

Enter a value to specify the scale relative to the grid limits of the drawing. (This option is rarely used.) For example, entering 2 displays objects at twice the size they would appear if you were zoomed to the limits of the drawing.


Zooms to display an area specified by two opposite corners of a rectangular window.

Specify first corner: Specify a point (1)

Specify opposite corner: Specify a point (2)


Zooms to display one or more selected objects as large as possible and in the center of the view. You can select objects before or after you start the ZOOM command.

Real Time

Zooms interactively to change the magnification of the view.

Press ESC or ENTER to exit, or right-click to display the shortcut menu

The cursor changes to a magnifying glass with plus (+) and minus (-) signs. See Zoom Shortcut Menu for a description of the options that are available while zooming in real time.

Holding down the pick button at the midpoint of the window and moving vertically to the top of the window zooms in to 100%. Conversely, holding the pick button down at the midpoint of the window and moving vertically to the bottom of the window zooms out by 100%.

When you reach the zoom-in limit, the plus sign in the cursor disappears, indicating that you can no longer zoom in. When you reach the zoom-out limit, the minus sign in the cursor disappears, indicating that you can no longer zoom out.

When you release the pick button, zooming stops. You can release the pick button, move the cursor to another location in the drawing, and then press the pick button again and continue to zoom the display from that location.

To exit zooming, press ENTER or ESC.