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Does Windows 7 have a "zoom" feature?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Gary, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Gary

    Gary Flightless Bird

    I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    it all the time.

    Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    to me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same
    thing I can do with cmd+ and cmd-.

    But I haven't been able to figure it out.

    Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
     
  2. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Gary wrote:
    > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    > it all the time.
    >
    > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    > to me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same
    > thing I can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    >
    > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    >
    > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    >


    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/Windows7/Make-items-on-the-screen-appear-bigger-Magnifier

    Paul
     
  3. LouB

    LouB Flightless Bird

    Paul wrote:
    > Gary wrote:
    >> I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    >> feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    >> older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and
    >> use it all the time.
    >>
    >> Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    >> to me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same
    >> thing I can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    >>
    >> But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    >>
    >> Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    >>

    >
    > http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/Windows7/Make-items-on-the-screen-appear-bigger-Magnifier
    >
    >
    > Paul


    I think this means you are out of luck on a netbook...

    Docked mode. In docked mode, only a portion of the screen is magnified,
    leaving the rest of your desktop in a normal state. You can then control
    which area of the screen is magnified.

    Note

    Full-screen mode and lens mode are only available as part of the Aero
    experience. If your computer doesn't support Aero, or if you're using a
    theme other than an Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.

    AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero
     
  4. UXD@somewhere.com

    UXD@somewhere.com Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 02:28:03 -0400, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote:

    >Note
    >
    >Full-screen mode and lens mode are only available as part of the Aero
    >experience. If your computer doesn't support Aero, or if you're using a
    >theme other than an Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.
    >
    >AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero


    Not necessarily. I have an Asus touch-netbook (originally came with
    XP) that has Win 7 Professional running on it with Aero.

    - the other Paul
     
  5. Dick Mahar

    Dick Mahar Flightless Bird

    "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use it
    > all the time.
    >
    > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought to
    > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing I
    > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    >
    > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    >
    > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    >


    Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that is
    what you are looking for.
     
  6. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 18 Aug 2010, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero


    Only because most (but not all) come with Win 7 Starter. If so, any
    other version of Windows 7 can be installed.
     
  7. LouB

    LouB Flightless Bird

    UXD@somewhere.com wrote:
    > On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 02:28:03 -0400, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >> Note
    >>
    >> Full-screen mode and lens mode are only available as part of the Aero
    >> experience. If your computer doesn't support Aero, or if you're using a
    >> theme other than an Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.
    >>
    >> AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero

    >
    > Not necessarily. I have an Asus touch-netbook (originally came with
    > XP) that has Win 7 Professional running on it with Aero.
    >
    > - the other Paul


    Yabut I meant Netbooks as sold, which come with Win 7 starter.
     
  8. LouB

    LouB Flightless Bird

    Nil wrote:
    > On 18 Aug 2010, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote in
    > alt.windows7.general:
    >
    >> AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero

    >
    > Only because most (but not all) come with Win 7 Starter. If so, any
    > other version of Windows 7 can be installed.


    Yabut how well does the machine work with 1gig and its normal CPU?
     
  9. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 18 Aug 2010, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > Yabut how well does the machine work with 1gig and its normal CPU?


    Good point. Aero would probably run slowly. I think the bottleneck
    would be the processor, more so than the RAM. My cheap HP netbook runs
    Win7 Starter. I bumped the memory up to 2GB, the max this machine will
    accept. It's still kind of slow. I was considering upgrading it to Home
    Premium, but then I decided that Aero probably wouldn't run very well
    and so I've stayed with Starter.
     
  10. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:17:17 -0400, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote:

    > Nil wrote:
    > > On 18 Aug 2010, LouB <Lou@invalid.invalid> wrote in
    > > alt.windows7.general:
    > >
    > >> AFAIK Netbooks do not have Aero

    > >
    > > Only because most (but not all) come with Win 7 Starter. If so, any
    > > other version of Windows 7 can be installed.

    >
    > Yabut how well does the machine work with 1gig and its normal CPU?



    My netbook (an EEE with 1GB of RAM) came with Windows XP Home edition.
    I upgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate (a two-step upgrade--first to
    Vista, then to Windows 7).

    I use the netbook almost exclusively for e-mail (Outlook 2010) while
    traveling. Its performance obviously isn't great, but as far as I'm
    concerned, it's adequate for that use.
     
  11. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:59:36 -0400, "Dick Mahar"
    <dmahar@tvcconnect.net> wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    > news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    > > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    > > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use it
    > > all the time.
    > >
    > > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought to
    > > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing I
    > > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    > >
    > > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    > >
    > > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    > >

    >
    > Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that is
    > what you are looking for.



    Or hold down the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel.
     
  12. Carroll Robbins

    Carroll Robbins Flightless Bird

    Nil <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> wrote on Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:30:52
    -0400 in <Xns9DD86AF5B2551nilch1@130.133.4.11>

    >Good point. Aero would probably run slowly. I think the bottleneck
    >would be the processor, more so than the RAM. My cheap HP netbook runs
    >Win7 Starter. I bumped the memory up to 2GB, the max this machine will
    >accept. It's still kind of slow. I was considering upgrading it to Home
    >Premium, but then I decided that Aero probably wouldn't run very well
    >and so I've stayed with Starter.


    Aero performance depends more on the graphics engine than on the CPU. Check
    your Windows Experience Index for Graphics.
    --
    Carroll B. Robbins, Jr.
     
  13. kreed

    kreed Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:n2un6690lbit5em6lf0i0063dutsaosh6m@4ax.com...
    > On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:59:36 -0400, "Dick Mahar"
    > <dmahar@tvcconnect.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    >> news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    >> > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    >> > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    >> > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    >> > it
    >> > all the time.
    >> >
    >> > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    >> > to
    >> > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing
    >> > I
    >> > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    >> >
    >> > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    >> >
    >> > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    >> >

    >>
    >> Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that
    >> is
    >> what you are looking for.

    >
    >
    > Or hold down the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel.
    >
    >

    I think you mean while using Explorer, internet or otherwise.
    K
     
  14. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 01:29:31 +0100, "kreed"
    <NOTkreed_pub@btopenworld.com> wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote in message
    > news:n2un6690lbit5em6lf0i0063dutsaosh6m@4ax.com...
    > > On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:59:36 -0400, "Dick Mahar"
    > > <dmahar@tvcconnect.net> wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > >> > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    > >> > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    > >> > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    > >> > it
    > >> > all the time.
    > >> >
    > >> > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    > >> > to
    > >> > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing
    > >> > I
    > >> > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    > >> >
    > >> > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    > >> >
    > >> > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that
    > >> is
    > >> what you are looking for.

    > >
    > >
    > > Or hold down the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel.
    > >
    > >

    > I think you mean while using Explorer, internet or otherwise.



    No.

    It's a Windows standard, and works in many (but not all) applications.
    As a single example, Microsoft Word is one of them.
     
  15. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:04:18 -0700, Ken Blake
    <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote:

    >On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 01:29:31 +0100, "kreed"
    ><NOTkreed_pub@btopenworld.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote in message
    >> news:n2un6690lbit5em6lf0i0063dutsaosh6m@4ax.com...
    >> > On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:59:36 -0400, "Dick Mahar"
    >> > <dmahar@tvcconnect.net> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    >> >> > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    >> >> > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    >> >> > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    >> >> > it
    >> >> > all the time.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing
    >> >> > I
    >> >> > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    >> >> >
    >> >>
    >> >> Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that
    >> >> is
    >> >> what you are looking for.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Or hold down the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel.
    >> >
    >> >

    >> I think you mean while using Explorer, internet or otherwise.

    >
    >
    >No.
    >
    >It's a Windows standard, and works in many (but not all) applications.
    >As a single example, Microsoft Word is one of them.


    I don't think it's a Windows standard. It seems to be supported (or
    mostly not) on a program by program basis.
     
  16. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:52:12 -0500, Char Jackson <none@none.invalid>
    wrote:

    > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:04:18 -0700, Ken Blake
    > <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote:
    >
    > >On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 01:29:31 +0100, "kreed"
    > ><NOTkreed_pub@btopenworld.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.invalid.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:n2un6690lbit5em6lf0i0063dutsaosh6m@4ax.com...
    > >> > On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:59:36 -0400, "Dick Mahar"
    > >> > <dmahar@tvcconnect.net> wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Gary" <gary_w1@hotline.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:4c6b69ce$0$9361$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > >> >> > I have a Mac OSX desktop computer and a Windows 7 netbook. OSX has a
    > >> >> > feature that allows easy zoom using the keys cmd+ and cmd-. Being an
    > >> >> > older user with less-than-perfect eyesight, I love that feature and use
    > >> >> > it
    > >> >> > all the time.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Things seem harder to enlarge in Windows 7, and it's important enought
    > >> >> > to
    > >> >> > me to want to set up some fast method for accomplishing the same thing
    > >> >> > I
    > >> >> > can do with cmd+ and cmd-.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > But I haven't been able to figure it out.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Do you have any suggestions, and thanks in advance?
    > >> >> >
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Hold down the control key while hitting the plus or minus. Maybe that
    > >> >> is
    > >> >> what you are looking for.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > Or hold down the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> I think you mean while using Explorer, internet or otherwise.

    > >
    > >
    > >No.
    > >
    > >It's a Windows standard, and works in many (but not all) applications.
    > >As a single example, Microsoft Word is one of them.

    >
    > I don't think it's a Windows standard. It seems to be supported (or
    > mostly not) on a program by program basis.



    Standards are not always followed. This is one of them.
     
  17. Yes, it's called "magnifier" in WIndows itself.

    BUT some devices also offer their own - e.g. my Microsoft Mouse laser6000
    wired - there i got a buttom which starts magnifying mode, press again &
    it's back to normal.
     
  18. Philo T. Farnsworth

    Philo T. Farnsworth Flightless Bird

    "Ibrahim Al-Qassam (Abdelaziz)" <IranWillRuleWorld@alibaba.ir> wrote in
    message news:i4rjll$51d$4@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Yes, it's called "magnifier" in WIndows itself.
    >
    > BUT some devices also offer their own - e.g. my Microsoft Mouse laser6000
    > wired - there i got a buttom which starts magnifying mode, press again &
    > it's back to normal.


    Come on now, you can't use a computer. Your nurse presses all the buttons
    while you shit yourself.
     

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