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ZoomText’s screen enhancements greatly improve the clarity of everything on your computer. 

Screen Colors

Screen Colors allow you to change the appearance of all colors on screen. To access this feature, you can toggle this enhancement on and off by going to the Quick Launch menu or by pressing the hotkey COMMAND + OPTION + \. You can customize further by going to the Preferences Pane (COMMAND + OPTION + ENTER (RETURN)) and clicking on the Enhancements tab:

There are seven high-contrast color modes that will greatly improve the clarity on screen: Invert Brightness, Reverse Video, Black on White, White on Black, Blue on Beige, Yellow on Black, and Yellow on Blue. You can access these options by clicking on the dropdown next to Scheme under Screen Colors.

In addition, you can apply a Temperature Effect to each of the color enhancements, even the Normal color. Dragging the Warmth slider to the left will make colors appear cooler (blue hues), while dragging to the right makes colors appear warmer (red hues). These controls allow you to fine tune the colors on screen until you find what works best for your eye condition.

Please note that this changes colors of EVERYTHING on screen, even images. If your work involves photo viewing, we suggest setting Screen Colors to Normal where possible. Another option is to set the screen enhancements to your preference for viewing text and then use the hotkey combination to toggle enhancements on and off while viewing images.

Here’s an example of how a webpage looks when using Invert Brightness:

This scheme is especially helpful when you’re working with text – minimizing the glaring white background really helps you to be able to work longer and more comfortably on the computer.

Pointer

Pointer Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the mouse pointer. To access this feature, simply bring up the Preferences Pane (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)) and click on the Enhancements tab:

There are a number of options to choose from under Pointer. You can change the color (Normal, Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), size (Normal, Large, or Extra Large), locator type (Off, Circle, or Crosshair), and choose when to display the locator (Always, or when pressing a variety of keys).

Here is an example of a Large Blue Pointer with a Circle Locator, which is much easier to see and find on screen than the default mouse pointer:

With ZoomText, you’ll see smooth pointers and locators, so no matter what magnification level you are using, your enhancements remain perfectly clear. 

Cursor

Cursor Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the text cursor. To access this feature, simply bring up the Preferences Pane (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)) and click on the Enhancements tab:

You can choose from a variety of preset cursor enhancement schemes: Blue Wedge, Green Circle, or Red Frame.

Here is an example using Blue Wedge in a Pages document, making the blinking text cursor much easier to see:

Prefer not to have Cursor Enhancements on? Simply choose Off under the Cursor Scheme menu.

Focus

Focus Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the control focus when you tab and arrow key through menus, dialogs and other application controls. To access this feature, simply bring up the Preferences Pane (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)) and click on the Enhancements tab:

You can choose from two preset focus enhancement schemes: Red Frame or Thick Green Underline.

Here is an example that shows the Red Frame enhancement in the ZoomText Menu:

Prefer not to have Focus Enhancements on? Simply choose Off under the Focus Scheme menu.

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