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Mon, April 02, 2012 9:43 AM
As I have been going to various departments at UNL training on Outlook, there are a couple of tools I never leave home without. I didn't think much of them, but I've gotten almost as many questions about the tools I use as the training I'm providing. So here are my "can't train without" tools.
is screen zoom and annotation tool with a break timer for Windows XP and higher. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the system tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. It’s small enough to run from my flash drive with no installation needed, so I can use it on any computer.
Although it’s called ZoomIt, you’ll notice it shows up in your menu as Sysinternals Screen Magnifier. ZoomIt is incredibly easy to learn. I’ve put together a
(which consists of one page) you can use.
I use ZoomIt for drawing boxes and circles around areas of the screen when I talk about them. It also has a dynamic mode where I can click or type on screen while zoomed in. The break timer is also handy as a countdown to when the training will begin or time left before our break is over.
Virtual Magnifying Glass
is a free, open source, cross-platform screen magnification tool. It is simple, customizable, and easy-to-use. The program shows a magnifying glass lens that follows the mouse movement. To close the lens, click the left mouse button. It stays in the system tray for launching the lens again. Right-click the Magnifying Glass system tray icon to for various customization options such as the glass size and magnification.
I use the Magnifying Glass to show buttons and text that are too small to be seen on my screen as is for those people sitting in the back of the room. It’s so easy to use with a simple click on and click off.
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