Thanks Steve and Rounik. Well, I figured out a little of this yesterday, namely it was the vertical motion when dragging the playhead that was causing the zoom. I was running LE7 and grab and drag was something I got used to. I watched Steve H's TNT lesson on zoom with key commands and that's how I think I'll set my projects up from now on. Couldn't find anything about the playhead zoom in the the manual, but I could've missed it. That manual is a TOME. It's a bit intimidating when the users manual is thicker than the bible. Anyway, yes it would be nice to know if you can turn this feature on and off, but if not I'm sure I'll get used to it or just not use it.