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Preferences

Preferences are convenience features that control how ZoomText starts, exits and appears on the Windows desktop while running. You can also enable Automatic Updating, so that ZoomText automatically checks for available online updates each time you launch the program.

 

Program Preferences

Program preferences control how ZoomText starts and exits, and allows you to enable automatic updating.

�   To adjust the program preferences

  1. In the Settings menu, choose Program...

The Preferences dialog appears with the Program tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the program preference options as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

Program tab

The following table describes the Program preference settings.

 

Setting

Description

Start ZoomText automatically

ZoomText will automatically run each time you start your system.

Run ZoomText minimized

The ZoomText user interface is minimized when ZoomText is started.

Display a ZoomText icon

Displays the ZoomText desktop icon.

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Start ZoomText from a shortcut key

Enables ZoomText to be started by pressing a shortcut key.

The box to the right provides a space for you to define (type) the keyboard shortcut for starting or switching to ZoomText. Shortcut keys consist of a two modifier keys (any combination of CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT), and a primary key (any letter, number or symbol).  For example, to define the ZoomText shortcut key as CTRL + SHIFT + Z, select the Shortcut key field, and then press CTRL, SHIFT and Z simultaneously.

Note:   When Start ZoomText from a shortcut key is enabled, no other program can use the defined shortcut key.

Save ZoomText settings automatically

All ZoomText settings are saved to the active configuration when the program exits.

Prompt before exiting ZoomText

You are prompted to confirm your choice to exit the program.

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Check for online updates

Each time you start ZoomText, if an Internet connection is established, ZoomText will check the Ai Squared website for available program updates. If updates are available, the Update Wizard will give you the option to download and install the updates.

Report ZoomText errors to Ai Squared

When a ZoomText program error occurs, an error report is transmitted to Ai Squared via the Internet (if an active Internet connection exists). No personal information is included in the error report.

Enable Windows logon support

 

Enables ZoomText's magnification and screen reading support in the Windows logon screen.   The ZoomText logon toolbar is also displayed allowing you to adjust the magnification level, invert the screen colors, and turn screen reading on and off.  

 


User Interface Preferences

User interface preferences control how the ZoomText user interface appears on the Windows desktop.

�   To adjust the user interface preferences

  1. In the Settings menu, choose User Interface...

The Preferences dialog appears with the
User Interface tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the user interface options as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

User Interface tab

The following table describes the User Interface settings.

Setting

Description

Always on top

The ZoomText user interface window will remain on top of all other windows, even when ZoomText is not the active application.

Restore toolbar after using tool

The ZoomText toolbar is always restored when exiting a ZoomText tool.

Display the status bar

Displays the name of the active application and informs you when ZoomText's reading tools, reading zones and application settings are available to be used.

Highlight toolbar buttons

When the mouse moves over buttons on ZoomText's toolbar, the buttons are highlighted.

Color

Selects the color for button highlighting.

Display taskbar button and tray icon

When ZoomText is running, its taskbar button and tray icon are both displayed.

Display taskbar button only

When ZoomText is running, only its taskbar button is displayed.

Display tray icon only

When ZoomText is running, only its system tray icon is displayed.

Language

Selects the language that the ZoomText user interface will appear in.

Note:   This option is not available in English only versions.

Windows Preferences

Windows preferences allow you to disable Windows ClearType font smoothing for improved quality of ZoomText's magnified text.

�   To adjust the Windows preferences

  1. In the Settings menu, choose Windows...

The Preferences dialog appears with the Windows tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the Windows options as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

Windows tab

 

The following table describes the Windows preference settings.

 

Setting

Description

Disable font smoothing

Disables Windows font smoothing option, allowing ZoomText to display the highest quality of magnified text. When Windows font smoothing is enabled, some of ZoomText magnified text may be degraded.  

This Windows font smoothing option can also be enable and disabled in Windows Appearance Settings dialog. To access these settings, in the Windows Control Panel, select Personalization Window Color and Appearance.

Note:   When selecting this option and clicking the OK button, you will be prompted to restart your system. Restarting the system insures that font smoothing has been disabled in all applications.

When starting ZoomText, prompt if smoothing is enabled

When you start ZoomText, if the Windows font smoothing option is enabled ZoomText will prompt you with the option to disable font smoothing.  

Note:   If you choose to disable font smoothing you will be prompted to restart your system.

 

 

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