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Magnifying the screen

Accessing Windows XP's built-in magnifier

Magnifying the screen in Windows

From the Start menu: Select Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > Magnifier

You can now magnify a portion of the screen up to 9 times the normal size. There's also the option to invert the colours in the magnified area to make it easier to read text on for example a low contrasting background.

Accessing Mac OS X built in magnifier

Accessing Mac OS X built in magnifier

From the Apple menu: Select, System Preferences> Universal Access > Seeing

From here you can activate the zoom function which lets you zoom up to 40 times normal size (depending on version). There’s also the option to “Switch to White on Black” to make it easier to read text for example on a low contrasting background.

Note that the Universal access options will look slightly different depending on what version of Mac OS X you have but the core functions should be the same.

Alternative screen magnifiers

iZoom
Free downloadable screen magnifer for Windows

Magnifying Glass Pro
Downloadable screen magnifier for Windows

izoomDragnifier
Free, really simple downloadable screen magnifier for Windows