Photoshop: Zoom (ALT + Scroll wheel) when making a marquee selection

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Unable to zoom using the standard ALT + scroll wheel short cut. I understand that pressing the  ALT key while selecting changes the marquee selection to equal distance around the initial selection point, but if a mouse wheel scroll is detected it should override that functionality and activate the standard zoom function.
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Matt Baker

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Christopher (UX & Product Designer)

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I also have this issue but I use the [Ctrl]+[+ or -] keys to zoom while selecting as a work-around.  If you hold [Shift]+[Ctrl]+[+/-] keys you will zoom faster.  Hope that helps!
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Thanks Chris. I gave the [Ctrl] + [+] / [-] keys a try while mouse button was still held down with a marquee selection, but that didn't seem to work for me. The zoom shortcut works after the selection has finished and mouse button is up, but not during.
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Christopher (UX & Product Designer)

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Actually, when I was using it earlier today I realized when you are using the lasso tool (polygonal or magnetic only) you don't even need to press the [Ctrl] key, just [+] or [-].  Unfortunately it does not work with Marquee or regular Lasso for me.  Sorry if it caused confusion.  

For Marquee, I just push my mouse to the edge of the screen in the direction I want to move and the image pans in that direction.  Remember, holding [Shift] makes it pan faster.
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Hi Matt,

What version of PS are you running?  On which OS?

Thanks,
David
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Hi David

I'm running Adobe Photoshop Version: 2015.1.2 20160113.r.355 2016/01/13:23:59:59 CL 1059143  x64

On Windows 10 Home Version 1511 build 10586.318