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Use ZoomIt to zoom in and out in any application and to draw on screen
Part three of a three-part series of blogs
ZoomIt allows you to use keystrokes to zoom in and out in any Windows program, and allows you to draw or write on screen.
You can see a complete list of ZoomIt short-cut keys here, but below are the most useful.
To do this, follow these steps:
|Step||What it involves|
|Invoke ZoomIt||Press the short-cut key you've assigned to start ZoomIt (Ctrl + 1 by default).|
|Zoom in or out||Your screen will appear magnified, but you can rotate your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.|
|Finish zooming||When you've finished, press the same short-cut key again (or just press Esc) to exit zoom mode, or right-click.|
You can draw on screen by invoking zoom mode as above and then left-clicking with your mouse. Alternatively, use this short-cut key to draw on screen without zooming in first:
By default you can press Ctrl + 2 to draw without zooming.
You can then draw on screen to produce beautiful works of art like this:
Your cursor shows up as a dot (here in red).
You can press Ctrl + Z to undo the last thing you drew, or Esc to cancel drawing altogether.
At any time you can choose one of 6 colours:
Here are the colours:
It's not Adobe PhotoShop, but for on-screen drawing it's fine!
You can draw shapes by holding down different short-cut keys:
|Hold down||To draw|
|Shift||A straight line|
|Shift + Ctrl||An arrow (which starts from the end point IMHO)|
Here's an example of each:
This is the limit of the drawing that you can do on-screen, but again, it's enough!
While you're drawing, you can hold down the Ctrl key and turn your mouse wheel to change the line size:
A drawing with different line widths (Picasso, eat your heart out)
Press Space Bar at any time to reposition the drawing cursor in the middle of the screen.
You can press T at any time to add text:
The last vertical bar is the cursor.
Hold down the Ctrl key and rotate your mouse wheel while adding text to change the font size:
Just because you can do something doesn't necessary mean you should ...
These make the separate Microsoft Whiteboard program a bit redundant. Press:
For the drawing examples shown above, I first pressed W to get a whiteboard. Remember that as soon as you exit ZoomIt mode you'll revert back to the normal screen.
If you want to take five during a presentation, you can start a break timer (this is separate from ZoomIt mode):
By default you press Ctrl + 3 to start a break timer, but you can change this in the ZoomIt options dialog box.
The Advanced button above allows you to customise your timer further:
You can change the background which appears behind your timer, for example.
Here's what a break timer might look like:
Hold down the Ctrl key and use your mouse wheel (or else just use the arrow keys) to increase or decrease the time.
In the unlikely event that you want to save what you've temporarily drawn on screen, press one of these keys:
|Keys||What they do|
|Ctrl + C||Copy a screen-shot of the current screen|
|Ctrl + S||Save your current screen to a PNG file|
Alternatively, press E to erase everything you've drawn but to stay in ZoomIt mode.
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