Tracking Settings


As you move the mouse, type text, and navigate menus, dialogs and other program controls, the zoom window automatically scrolls around to keep what you’re trying to see in view.

This behavior is driven by ZoomText's tracking options, which allow you to choose the items that you want ZoomText to track (when they become active).

In the Tracking tab of the Preferences Pane, you can choose which items or actions ZoomText tracks:

Tracking Items and Events on Screen

ZoomText has the ability to track a wide range of events and items that appear on screen. All of the available items can be reviewed in the Preferences Pane by clicking on the Tracking tab:

You’ll see a list of what can be tracked under the heading “Track these items:” Here is a description of each item in this list:

  • Mouse Pointer: Tracks whenever you move the mouse pointer.
  • Text Cursor: Tracks whenever you input text on screen.
  • Menus: Tracks whatever menu item is currently highlighted.
  • Controls: Tracks controls when they receive focus. Controls include things like buttons, check boxes, list boxes, etc.
  • Windows: Tracks windows when they become activated.
  • Tool Tips: Tracks to tool tips when they appear on screen.
  • Alerts: Tracks to any alert that pops up on screen.

By default, ZoomText will track the Mouse Pointer, Text Cursor, Menus, Controls and Windows. These are all items or actions that we feel you will always want to see on screen.

If you ever want to disable tracking on a certain item, simply uncheck the box next to it. Same goes for enabling other forms of tracking – just check the box next to the desired item and ZoomText will track accordingly.

Center Tracking

You can also decide to keep certain items always centered in your view: Mouse Pointer, Text Cursor, and Controls. When you choose to keep things always in the center, the zoom window scrolls as needed to keep the desired object in the center of view.

By default, center tracking is disabled, but you can adjust these settings in the Preferences Pane by clicking on the Tracking tab:

Mouse Pointer Settings

The Mouse navigation options make it easy to explore and move about the screen. You can access all of these settings by bringing up the Preferences Pane (COMMAND + OPTION + RETURN (ENTER)) and clicking on the Mouse tab:

With Positioning, the mouse pointer is always brought into view when you need it. With Pointer Constraint, you can limit mouse pointer movement to horizontal or vertical directions, or within the active window.  

By default, the pointer is brought into view only when it’s moved. But you can also choose to automatically have the mouse pointer brought to menu items and dialog controls as soon as they receive focus. Additionally, you can choose to have the mouse pointer brought into view whenever you press a key – we give you the option of pressing Shift, Command or Control for two seconds. This is nice if you find yourself frequently losing the mouse pointer.

Pointer constraints help you to keep that mouse pointer exactly where you want it. You can choose to have the mouse pointer move only horizontally or vertically when you hold down the Shift key. You can also keep the mouse pointer just in the active window when you hold down the Control key. These are ways to minimize radical movement by the mouse and losing your place in your work.

You can easily enable and disable any of the options above by checking and unchecking the respective checkboxes. 


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