I have made a handy toolbar that provides access to menu items that are not visible when I F12 a workbook.

enter image description here I would like to add the following function to a button in the toolbar:

magnification = 1.0;
Magnification :> Dynamic[magnification] ];
Slider[Dynamic[magnification], {0.8, 2, .01}]

which gives me a Slider with more control over the notebooks magnification. enter image description here

However, although I can put the Slider in a Button, when I add the Button to the row of docked cells, it won't do anything. Can this be made to work?


1 Answer 1


Basing only on your description I can't really diagnose the problem. Let me put here something what does what you need but with a slightly different approach:

You don't have to set Magnification to be dynamic and dependent of any symbols, let the Slider itself to change the Magnification:

 DockedCells -> {
   ToBoxes @ DynamicModule[{x}, 
     Slider[Dynamic[ x, 
         (x = CurrentValue[EvaluationNotebook[], Magnification] = #) &
         ], {.8, 2, .01}]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Nice! I'll use this. It's not at all what I would have done, so I'll use it to figure out what I didn't know. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2016 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @GeorgeWolfe Feel free to ask if anything is not clear. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Feb 20, 2016 at 6:46
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    $\begingroup$ related $\endgroup$ Feb 20, 2016 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ @SimonWoods at least closely :) $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Feb 20, 2016 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ @f_s and which notebook's magnification do you want to control? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Dec 21, 2021 at 8:33

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