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Ivan's picture

Zoom in on your screen

If you didn't know about this trick than take a seat.

Press Apple-Alt-8 (Command-Option-8) to switch on zoom. Now press Apple-Alt-"+" (Command-Option-Plus sign). Hold it to zoom in more. The minus sign will zoom back. Now try to move around your mouse. Experience how a 30" Apple Cinema Display feels like. :) For more options open System Preferences/Universal Access/Seeing.

BTW. if you're sick of my color scheme and you'd rather read this or other dark background web pages in negative just press Apple-Alt-Ctrl-8 (Command-Option-CTRL-8).

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Michael's picture

Awesome tip. Find more like these

Pompo's picture

With Panther 10.3.5 using your shortcuts doesn't work...
I have to use command option + to zoom in
or command+option - to zoom out

the see the screen in negative its cool!!

Anonymous's picture

In addition, if you have a scroll wheel on your mouse and don't mind running an older version of Microsoft Intellimouse, you can configure things so that a scroll wheel click+roll one direction will zoom you in, and the other direction will zoom you out. Works great! The only problem is you have to find a download for Intellimouse 3.x, because in the latest version (5.x) MS apparently removed this capability.

Anonymous's picture

Damn, you should have told me this trick with the inverted screen yesterday...

Yesterday I tried to clean my keyboard and I tilted it upside down to get rid of
the tobacco between my keys and suddenly my screen went black+white !

I must have pressed said keys accidentally and it took me quite a while to
"repair" it... ( after some restarts I just tilted the keyboard once more and all of a
sudden it went back to normal) ;-)

I was really shocked for a while ...puh...

Anonymous's picture

That zoom feature is pretty neat. I have a friend with poor eyesight who's itching to get a Mac even more now.

Stefan Kjartansson's picture

Very nice. I saw someone do that at a meeting, and didn't get around to drill him how! Now I know.

Anonymous's picture

does any of you know the terminal command line to switch the screen to negative???

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