Microsoft offers many free utilities for better personal computing. There are three small apps that you should keep in your Windows toolkit.
I hope you find these programs as useful as I do.
ZoomIt: Quickly magnify what’s on your screen
Since Windows 95, Microsoft has included the Screen Magnifier app in its operating system. If, like me, you have a hard time seeing small type on your screen, you probably wanted to know to use it. I’ve been trying to figure that out for years, but I can never remember the various steps. It’s funny, but my cat seems to know exactly how to turn it on, every time she pads across the keyboard — and leave me trying to figure out how to turn it off.
Years ago, at a Microsoft conference, I was watching a presentation given by the famous Mark Russinovich, creator of Windows Sysinternals. He needed a way to magnify the screen to show bits and pieces of code he’d written for the audience. He used Screen Magnifier, which worked but was difficult to use and incompatible with some applications. So Mark wrote his own program and called it ZoomIt.
(For years, Windows Sysinternals has provided an excellent collection of advanced utilities. The free tools are periodically updated, so it’s worth checking the site to see what’s new.)
I find ZoomIt so easy to use and so valuable, I have it loaded on all of my computers. Anytime I need to read small text or enlarge the image on a screen to see a picture better, I activate ZoomIt.
After a decade of use, I’ve not found one application or webpage that’s incompatible with ZoomIt. You activate the tool with a simple Ctrl + 1 key combination. (Make sure you’re pressing 1 [above “Q”] and not F1. Pressing the 1 on your numeric keypad won’t work.)