ZoomText

What does ZoomText do?

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader was designed for use by people with a visual impairment. It can enlarge, enhance and read aloud what is on the computer screen.

It has a range of magnification levels up to 36 times original size, and you can select which colours are used on the screen.

When documents are read to you, each word is highlighted as it is spoken. You can choose from a variety of speech synthesisers, while echo settings allow you to fine-tune the amount of information spoken.

Where can I access ZoomText?

  • Information Commons Level 1: PC 1057, Rooms 1.25 and 1.28
  • Western Bank Level 4: PC 11
  • Level 5 (Architecture Room): PC 7
  • Health Sciences Library, Royal Hallamshire Hospital: PC 28

How do I access ZoomText?

  • Log in to the PC listed above
  • Either click on the ZoomText 10 icon on the PC desktop or from the Start menu at the bottom of the PC screen, select All Programs > ZoomText 10 > ZoomText 10

The ZoomText user interface will appear. This contains all the controls for operating the software.
You may be presented with a pop-up box which says "Windows font smoothing settings have changed". If you click Yes, the PC will close down. Simply log in again.

How do I use ZoomText?

  • Either click on the ZoomText button on the user interface to activate or deactivate the software. Alternatively use hotkey Alt + Insert to activate ZoomText and Alt + Delete to deactivate it
  • To display the user interface at any point, use Ctrl + Shift + U
  • There are various hotkeys, i.e. key combinations, which allow you to execute ZoomText commands while another program is active.
  • To exit the ZoomText features, press Esc or right-click the mouse.

Further help with ZoomText

Please refer to:

  • The online Help system. Either select Help from the ZoomText menu bar and then ZoomText Help, or from the Start menu at the bottom of screen, select All Programs > ZoomText 10 > ZoomText Help
  • The ZoomText videos. Either click on the ZoomText Videos icon on the PC desktop or from the Start menu at the bottom of the screen, select All Programs > ZoomText 10 > ZoomText Videos

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