Have you ever wanted to highlight something when you project your computer for your students or have the ability to zoom in on something on your computer while you are projecting. Today’s tip will solve that problem. ZoomIt is a very small program that does a couple of things very well -

Zoom in on a Screen

Zoom in on a Live Screen

Draw on the Screen

Has a Built in Timer Function.

To install Zoomit, click on the Zoomit Link and then select Download Zoomit. It is a very small download.

The first time you run ZoomIt it presents a configuration dialog that describes ZoomIt's behavior, let's you specify alternate hotkeys for zooming and for entering drawing mode without zooming, and customize the drawing pen color and size. I use the draw-without-zoom option to annotate the screen at its native resolution, for example. ZoomIt also includes a break timer feature that remains active even when you tab away from the timer window and allows you to return to the timer window by clicking on the ZoomIt tray icon.

Keep the Zoomit file handy. If you do not select run at startup on the Zoomit menu, you will need to run it each time you want to use it.

Once downloaded all you need to do is double click on the file to get it to run. When it is running you will see an icon in the System Tray (the row of icons by the clock in the lower right of the Computer Screen). You can always click on that icon to bring up the menu.  To use the program efficiently, you will want to practice a little and learn the Hotkeys. Once you get use to the controls it becomes a powerful presentation tool. The screen where the mouse cursor is located is where the zoom will occur. Below is a link to a short introduction video to Zoomit. Below the link, I have written out the Hotkeys and shortcut that he mentions. He does not mention Live Zoom in his demo


Below are the key commands for ZoomIt. Keep them up on the screen while you practice. You will love this tool once you get to spend a little time with it.  

Zoomit Commands (you can access these from the program by clicking on the tray icon) This is a great tool with some practice. If you want zoomit to start with Windows, please check the box to Run ZoomIt when Windows starts from the menu

to Zoom - Ctrl + 1 -  This will toggle Zoomit on or off. Once on, you can zoom in with the mouse wheel or up and down arrow keys. Exit zoom mode with Escape or by pressing the right mouse button

Live Zoom - Ctrl +4 - This allows you to zoom and then the screen will stay active. In the normal mode the screen stays static.  In Live Mode, you will need to use Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down to control zoom level

Once Zoomed (not Live Zoom, because you mouse would be controlling the computer) you click the left mouse button to begin drawing. Ctrl+Z erases the last entry and you erase all by hitting the ‘e’ key. Exit the drawing mode by hitting the right mouse button.

Change the Width of the Pen by hitting left CTRL and using mouse wheel or arrows

Change color by hitting ‘r’ - red, ‘g’- green, ‘b’-blue, “o” orange, ‘y’-yellow, ‘p’- pink

Draw a straight line hold Shift Key, a rectangle with CTRL key, ellipse with the Tab Key, arrow with Shift+Ctrl

Clear screen for a sketch pad by typing ‘w’ (white) or ‘k’ (black)

Copy a zoomed screen with Ctrl+C (standard copy command) or save it by typing Ctrl+S

To just enter drawing mode without zoom Ctrl + 2

To type text on the Screen while in Zoom mode type ‘t’ to enter typing mode. Exit typing mode by escape key or left mouse button. Use mouse wheel or arrows to change text size

Break Mode - To enter the timer mode use ctrl+3. Use arrow keys to go up or down. Exit timer mode with the escape key.