When you give a presentation at work or at school, sometimes you want to be able to highlight an element on the screen, some kind of text, circle a picture, or maybe you’re demonstrating an application and you want to zoom in on a particular part of the screen. Typically, effects like that are done with specialized tools, or they’re done in post-production in a video editing program. If you’re reading this article, you’re here for the right reason: learn a little about ZoomIt, a free tool distributed by Microsoft that can help you up your game at no cost.
ZoomIt is a fantastic and small tool available for Windows computers. You can learn more about the tool on the Microsoft Learn website.
Why Use ZoomIt?
Consider using ZoomIt because it is a free, simple, lightweight software which runs almost invisibly on any Microsoft Windows-powered computer. With it, users to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. ZoomIt also provides annotation capabilities, allowing users to add notes and drawings to the presentation. ZoomIt is also useful for technical presentations, as it can be used to demonstrate applications and provide visual aids to help people understand complex topics. Use it when in-front of an audience, or at your computer to help write documentation.
How To Install ZoomIt
To install that tool, go to the Microsoft store on your Windows 10 or your Windows 11 computer. In the Search box at the top, type in “ZoomIt”. An app will show up in search called Sysinternals Suite.
Install that application. Then from your Start menu type ZoomIt into the search box. You’ll see a small icon appear in your System Tray in the lower right corner of your screen. If you double click that icon, you’ll have the option to click a checkbox that says to run ZoomIt when Windows starts. Once you’ve done that, any time you’re using your computer, whether you’re recording your presentation or whether you’re simply demonstrating something to someone like a presentation or a computer application, you can simply hit Control+1 to enable ZoomIn.
What Can It Do?
Once you’ve installed the tool and enabled ZoomIt, you have access to many features.
- Draw lines, squares, and circles on the screen in assorted colors
- Draw on a whiteboard or blackboard
- Type text in various font sizes and colors
- Draw using a pen line using your mouse, in several colors
- Take a screenshot as PNG
- Record an MP4 video
- Start, pause an extend a countdown timer.