ZoomIt, part of the famous Sysinternals Suite, is an awesome little tool that makes presentation as well as software demonstration a great pleasure to not only the presenter but also all audiences who desperately want to see what’s on the big screen more clearly. It’s a 2-in-one tool that combines screen zoom and annotation into one little piece that is also very easy to use and highly customizable. It’s been around for years, but still it’s one of my favorite tools that I want to recommend to anyone who does presentation or demonstration for living.
ZoomIt is free and portable, runs unobtrusively in the system tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zooming, and draw on the zoomed area.
When you run it the very first time on a computer, you will be prompted a configuration dialog Window that describes ZoomIt’s behavior and lets you specify the hotkeys you prefer to use for zooming and for entering to the drawing mode. By default,
- Ctrl+1 to activate the Zoom feature,
- Ctrl+2 to enter the drawing mode,
- Ctrl+3 to enter time mode as a live Timer, and
- Ctrl+4 to activate the LiveZoom mode.
If any of the hotkeys are interfering the ones you are using, you can simply change them to others. I’d like to switch one to use Win key, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be allowed.
You can right-click on its icon in System Tray and choose Option to re-configure the settings later on.
Even though the tool is portable, run as you needed, it can also be set to automatically run when the system starts. Just check the option at the bottom of the configuration dialog box, and you are all set.
Since Windows 7, Windows does include a Zoom feature built-in but comparing to the features, ZoomIt seems to offer more and flexible to use. If you are interested, check out our how-to guide on how to use Windows 7 Zoom feature.
ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows, including both 32-bit and 64-bit editions, and you can even use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.