Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Multimedia and Commons/Hover to Zoom of images on desktop

Hover to Zoom of images on desktop

  • Problem: Large images such as the Mona Lisa cannot be zoomed into on Desktop without blowing up the whole image - while you can Pinch to Zoom on mobile and easily focus on a specific part of the image, on desktop there's no such option
  • Proposed solution: Implement a Hover-to-Zoom feature that can be easily toggled on/off
  • Who would benefit: The community
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  • Proposer: TheNewMinistry (talk) 04:27, 11 January 2022 (UTC)


Just tested this on Firefox and Chrome. On desktop you can already easily click to view the full image in a new tab, and from there zoom and pan around to your desire. Not sure what adding a hover-to-zoom function would add, beyond annoyance to people not used to that UX. --//Lollipoplollipoplollipop::talk 09:44, 11 January 2022 (UTC)

Indeed. Assuming this were to be implemented, it should be opt-in by default. Amazon has a similar feature on its product pages, and it's incredibly annoying. -FASTILY 02:26, 12 January 2022 (UTC)
It's true that you can load the full-resolution image, but sometimes that's too big for easy browsing. For example, File:Dodekaeder HQ 001 20210703.png. I think the hover to zoom behaviour described here might be something akin to Flickr's system of zooming when hovering (and I guess, only when the media viewer is open, not on every thumbnail). @TheNewMinistry: is that right? SWilson (WMF) (talk) 13:54, 17 January 2022 (UTC)
Yeah Flickr's implementation is very good - click once to Zoom 1x and scroll with the mouse cursor, click again to Zoom 2x and scroll with the mouse cursor, click a third time to Zoom back out to original resolution. Would love to see that on Wikipedia. TheNewMinistry (talk) 18:39, 17 January 2022 (UTC)
images [...] cannot be zoomed into on Desktop without blowing up the whole image: The point is specifically to not load the full image. However, I agree with the above comment that ZoomViewer already provides this functionality, though it might be helpful to implement that into MediaWiki. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
19:06, 11 February 2022 (UTC)


  •   Support Thingofme (talk) 10:03, 1 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose KingAntenor (talk) 06:51, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support Uanfala (talk) 21:34, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support --Ciao • Bestoernesto 17:10, 6 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per my previous comment --//Lollipoplollipoplollipop::talk 11:40, 7 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support There must always be a link/button that takes you directly to the full-resolution raw image, but I don't think new users would expect to get the full image by clicking on it. Having some sort of 1x/3x Zoom functionality before going up to full res would be helpful, I think. Gaurav (talk) 07:13, 11 February 2022 (UTC)