How to Zoom in Skype

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If you're dissatisfied with your picture quality when you video chat with others on Skype, you can modify your camera settings from the Options menu. Depending on your webcam model, you can zoom in or out or make other adjustments to the lens, such as change the pan or tilt. Unfortunately, not all webcams support these settings, so you may not see these options in Skype, or they may be grayed out.


Step 1

Select "Tools" from the menu bar and then click "Options." Select "Video Settings" from under General in the left pane and then wait for Skype to detect your camera.

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Step 2

Click "Webcam Settings" on the Video Settings pane to access your webcam options.


Step 3

Select the "Camera Control" tab and then drag the slider next to "Zoom" to the right or left to increase or decrease zoom.


Step 4

Click "OK" to close the settings window and then click "Save" to apply your changes.


To enlarge video chat, click the icon on the bottom right side of the chat window to make the webcam picture fullscreen.


Information in this article applies to computers running Windows 8 and the latest version of Skype (effective June 2014). Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.



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