As a part of the Ease of Access Center, one of the Accessibility tool as that Microsoft has included in Windows 7 is the all-improved Magnifier. This Magnifier tool makes it easier for people with disabilities, to read and view various parts of their computer screen more clearly, as it makes items appear larger.
So what is this image of Jesus Christ doing here? We will come back to it later…
Now coming back: To run the Magnifier, type ‘magnifier‘ in start search and hit Enter. You can also access it via the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Ease of Access Center or from the Accessories folder in your Start Menu. You will see it appear on your desktop.
If you move your mouse pointer to it and click, it will transform into a small window which will offer you various settings and options. Here you can control the amount of magnification you desire using the ‘+’ button.
- Full-screen mode. In full-screen mode, your entire screen gets magnified. Depending on your screen resolution, some parts your items may go out of screen, but you can always move your pointer in that direction to see them.
- Lens mode. In lens mode, the Magnifier will move as a lens along with your mouse pointer and the area around the mouse pointer gets magnified. You can change the lens size by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R, and then moving the pointer up and down to change the height, and left and right to change the width.
- Docked mode. The Dock stays on the top end of your screen and magnifies the part on which you are working. In docked mode, only a portion of the screen is magnified, leaving the rest of your desktop unchanged. If your computer does not support Aero, this is the only mode that will be available to you.
When you click on the Settings buttons, you will see the various Magnifier Options available to you.
Here you can set the zooming and also decide on where you want the Magnifier to focus – whether you want the Magnifier to follow the mouse pointer, follow the keyboard focus or the text insertion point.
Moreover you can also fine tune your fonts appearence using ClearType and opt to make Magnifier start everytime your Windows computer starts. You can also change the screen resolution, which adjusts the clarity, size, and amount of things that fit on your computer monitor.
If you need high-contrast, you can Turn on color inversion here. This will invert all the colors – make white into black and vice versa. Turning on color inversion increases the contrast between items on your screen, which can help make your screen easier to see.
Now while reading this tip, if you havent yet started your Magnifier tool, I suggest you run it now and Turn on color inversion.
Done that? Now scroll up to see the image of Jesus. This is how Image conversion works! This trick will also let you see the true colors of any negative image!
Seeing the versatility of this tool, it can prove to be useful not just to elderly people with vision problems, but it could also prove to be of immense help if you find that you laptop screen is moving away too far from you while reclining on your favorite arm-chair … or even if you want to see the real colors of any negative image!