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I've had it.
I sat through *another* presentation where the screen fonts and icons were so small I couldn't tell what was going on. No, it wasn't a Microsoft presentation, it was on a Linux box. But presenters from colleges to conferences routinely get poor marks because THEY DON'T MAKE THE SCREEN ELEMENTS BIG ENOUGH TO SEE.
So send them this. With my compliments. I'll make as easy as possible.
Open whatever tool you're using, set the fonts to a large size. For instance, in Visual Studio/SQL Server Management Studio, etc, open Tools | Options | Fonts and set them to something you can see when you walk 7 feet from your laptop:
Hold down the Windows Key and the Plus Key (Windows +). This brings up the screen magnifier. Move your pointer, the screen follows. To exit, hold down the Windows Key and the Escape Key (Windows Esc):
Install Zoomit.exe from here (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx) and hold down Control and 1 (CTRL+1). The screen freezes and expands wherever your screen is. Press the Escape key (ESC) to exit:
Here's a video (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/make-screen-items-bigger-magnifier#1TC=windows-7). Learn the tool. It takes like 2 minutes. Seriously, practice with this for two minutes and everyone will stop beaming hatred and fury at you.
You can also find pay-for magnifiers in the iOS store.
For Ubuntu, use the CompizConfig Settings Manager, look under Accessibility for Magnifier, click on it to configure, use the hotkeys thereIf you don't have it installed, you can install it from the Ubuntu Software Center, or press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a Terminal, and run this command: sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
On Mavericks and Yosemite, Zoom is under System Preferences > Accessibility.
Under KDE in Linux, you can enable the Zoom effect under System Settings -> Desktop Effects -> All Effects, under Accessibility (I believe it's enabled by default though.) Interesting shortcuts are Win+= (zoom in), Win+-(zoom out), and Win+0 (normal zoom) though there are several others related to refocusing the mouse and moving with the keyboard. Zoom follows mouse by default.
Time to up the magnification on those glasses :)
wait - you don't use Zoomit?
Dandy, did you read the "or Step 1:" part? :)