AeroZoom 2.0 Official Download Is Out!

For a more updated AeroZoom article, please refer to this rewritten introductory article of AeroZoom instead.
A full introduction hopefully will come soon. For now, enjoy some screen shots (taken from the beta version) and a readme. (Skip to version 2 features) You may download it now on AeroZoom's page.
(Note: This doc aligns poorly in older browsers. Please use new ones.) [ AeroZoom 2.0a ] The smooth wheel-zoom, keyboard-free presentation tool # AeroZoom enhances upon the new smooth-zooming Magnifier in Windows 7 to simulate a presentation mouse, where zooming in/out and positioning is a breeze without a keyboard. # Enhances mouse operations of Snipping Tool and ZoomIt too since v2. [ Main Features ] # Binding keyboard controls commonly used in presentations to mouse buttons and 'AeroZoom panel' buttons. # Zooming in/out or reset any time without using a keyboard; handle more operations with one hand. # AeroZoom panel is made of large buttons designed to quickly toggle sub-magnifier settings or to add more functionality. Upon calling by mouse buttons, it pops up where the cursor is, without the need to locate the Magnifier window minimized in taskbar. [ New Features ] # Mac OS X zoom -- Achieved with modifier key support: Ctrl, Alt, Win, Shift. Added more mouse button support: Middle, Back, Forward and Left, Right. (Lefthanders don't need to run a separate program anymore.) # 'Single-finger zoom' -- No need to use 2 buttons to zoom anymore. Simply zoom by holding and pressing the middle button. # Powerpointing while zooming live -- Thanks to AeroZoom Pad (aka Misclick-preventing pad) that prevents sending clicks to apps behind. # Sliders -- Slide it to zoom in/out or adjust how deep each scroll zooms (Or, watch it indicate changes as hotkeys are being used to zoom.) # Hold Middle mouse button as trigger -- Do more with a mouse, and dynamically switching operations between zoomed/unzoomed states. - While zoomed, quickly preview the whole screen and move to other areas without zooming out. - Capture regions of screen for annotation with Snipping Tool -- By holding Middle button and drag. (Like Compiz's Winkey+drag.) - Optional Sysinternals ZoomIt enhancements -- Access non-live zoom (aka still zoom), draw, break timer, black/white board, all without a keyboard. [ More Features ] # New Tool menu containing lots of useful accessories, such as: - Windows Tools: Access common tools right from the menu. - Run on Startup: e.g. Have the screen color inverted at startup - Click-n-Go: In old versions, when a panel button is pressed, AeroZoom Panel hides itself at once for efficiency, but now this feature is optional to help beginners. - Always-on-Top: Make panel and tools run from it on the front. - Advanced Options: Lots of customizations for tweakers, e.g. define a custom text editor, delay the triggers. # All Windows Magnifier settings can now be accessed in the panel. # Specially optimize mouse with a Back/Forward button to do more. (See '? > Quick Instructions > Extras') # Supports more keyboard shortcuts (See [Quick Instructions] below) # Many subtle improvements, e.g. redesigned algorithm to enhance precision and performance. Magnifier runs in the background at once after AeroZoom is started. Settings from last time are also applied automatically. # Portable and now installable. (See [Special Installation] below.) # Native 64-bit support. # As always, free. Written with AutoHotkey. [ Quick Start ] # Basically, just run AeroZoom.exe. Try zooming with [Left]+[Wheel- up/down] mouse buttons, preview full screen by holding [Middle], reset zoom with [Left]+[Middle]. (The latter are added functions which the original Magnifier does not offer.) Then, when more functions are needed, call the AeroZoom panel with [Left]+[Right] buttons. [ Quick Instructions ] # AeroZoom binds common keyboard controls to these mouse buttons and keys. - Keyboard Shortcuts - Full Screen => [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [F] Lens => [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [L] Docked => [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [D] Preview full screen => [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Space] Zoom level => [Win] + [Alt] + [F1 to F6] Invert color => [Win] + [Alt] + [I] Follow mouse => [Win] + [Alt] + [M] Follow key => [Win] + [Alt] + [K] Follow text => [Win] + [Alt] + [T] Reset zoom => [Win] + [Shift] + [-] Reset magnifier => [Win] + [Alt] + [R] Show|hide magnifier => [Win] + [Shift] + [`] Show|hide panel => [Win] + [Shift] + [Esc] New snip => [Win] + [Alt] + [S] Turn off|on hotkeys => [Win] + [Alt] + [O] - Modifier (User-defined Mouse Button/Key) - Zoom in => hold [Modifier] + [Wheel-up] Zoom out => hold [Modifier] + [Wheel-down] Reset zoom => [Modifier] + [Middle] Show|hide panel => [Left] + [Right] Preview full screen => hold [Middle] *when zoomed New snip => hold [Middle] **when zoomed out Still zoom on|off => hold [Middle] **requires ZoomIt Note: In Middle button mode, hold [Middle] + [Right] to reset zoom, [Middle] + [Left] to snip/still-zoom/preview. In Back/Forward mode, more hotkeys are supported for use use of unused buttons, see 'Quick Instructions > Extras' [ Special Installation ] # AeroZoom by default installs into Local App Data, To install to All Users or perform unattended installation, see Setup.exe /? [ Usage and Tips ] # There's a lot I want to tell you, so I did a Startup Tips feature in AeroZoom 2.0. Also, see this page for a walkthrough and video: [ System Requirements ] 1. Windows 7 Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate/Enterp. 2. Aero (theme) is required. Windows 7 Starter does not support Aero at all, so it cannot use Lens and Full Screen views. 3. AeroZoom needs administrator rights to run. If non-admin, it elevates itself. (Note: However, the Installation is per-user and does not require admin rights). 'Run on Startup' and some parts don't fully support standard user accounts (even after elevation). 4. For Sysinternals ZoomIt enhancements, please download zoomit .exe and put it into 'AeroZoom\Data' folder. [ Limitations ] # If you've encountered any bugs or any of the following and think it is a bug. Please leave a message via the link above to let Wandersick know. 1. Sometimes, the 1st click (holding [Middle] button) for still zoom (of Sysinternals ZoomIt) has no effect. The 2nd time does. 2. In middle button modifier, scrolling too 'awkwardly' may cause duplication ('ghost frames') of misclick-preventing pad. 3. Zoom Pad may be inaccurate for some types of window. You may try fine-tuning offset settings in 'Tool > Advanced Options'. 4. Zooming may be jerky when both misclick-preventing pad and 'follow keyboard' are on. ('Follow text' is OK though.) 5. Turning ZoomIt on and off frequenly may leave lots of phantom tray icons. 6. In unknown situations, the pad suddenly turns untransparent. 7. The Magnification slider gets jerky or does not work. Try to avoid using keyboard hotkeys and see if it improves. 8. Tip for ZoomIt's Zoom/Draw/Timer. While a ZoomIt window is activated, do NOT press [Alt + F4] to leave; otherwise ZoomIt .exe might hang without ending the process, leaving a phantom ZoomIt.exe that causes problems. Instead, press [Esc] or right click or press [Timer] on the panel to leave. 9. 'Run on Startup' fails to automatically run magnifier at startup if there are UAC prompts caused by other programs during boot. 10. After using AeroZoom, Magnifier cannot be launched separately. Solution: At 'Tool > Advanced Options', change 'Magnifier' to Min/Show. 11. Pressing buttons on the AeroZoom panel has no effect at times? You may have to set 'Button delay' in 'Tool > Advanced Options' to a higher value for your system. (Some tweaking is required.) [ Releases ] v1.0 Private release v1.5 Added [Calc], [Draw] and [Type] buttons v1.6 First public release. Added [Off] button to temporarily disable mouse hotkeys. v1.7 Fixed a nasty bug that seriously affect usability and beauty when run with UAC on. Sorry for any inconvenience. Significantly improved performance during operations. Fixed keyboard alt texts of help menu and [hide] button. v1.9 Private release v2.0 Big release with a complete redesign. See top of this doc. Some fixed bugs are listed here: - After pressing [Kill] or externally closing Magnifier, [Invert Color] needed to be pressed 2 times. - Ease Of Access Center pop-ups on first zoom. - Titles matching don't work in non-English systems - Changes aren't reflected on AeroZoom at once after changing settings in Windows Magnifier. - Tray icon doesn't bring up AeroZoom Panel. v2.0a ZoomIt Enhancements Setup and subtle improvements Fixed bug of original keyboard zoom hotkeys [ Credits / Attributions ] # Icon by Oliver Scholtz - # Many thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions that made what AeroZoom is today. [ Suggestions ] # Do you have one? Please drop me a line at, or: (c) 2010-11 Wandersick |
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  1. Bug report for system Win7 Ultimate 64bit - dual monitors: when I left+right click on the mouse to activate AeroZoom, the AeroZoom panel appears about one monitor-width to the right of the cursor position. The effect is, no AeroZoom panel is visible on the screen when I click on on the main monitor of my laptop (as it appears more than 1000 pixels to the right). To make it work I need to left+right click on my external monitor (located to the left), then the AeroZoom panel appears on my main laptop monitor. It took me quite a while to figure this out! The panel should correctly appear at the location of the cursorl.

  2. Spjuli Man, thanks a lot for reporting! Just tried AeroZoom 2.0a on Windows 7 Pro 32 bit in a dual-monitors configuration (both are 1024x768). The panel shows correctly in both monitors here. 

    Did you use any 3rd-party program to extend the monitors?
    I do not. I tested it the usual way - in Win 7, press [Win]+[P] then click 'Extend' (the 3rd box).

    Although I'm not sure why, you can try this workaround:

    In 'Tool > Advanced Options', under 'Fine-tuning > Panel', add about 1000 to 'Offset X'. Try other values too, until the panel appears correctly near your cursor. (Negative offset values are not allowed in this version yet.)

    If you still cannot fix it, I can send you a new beta version of AeroZoom.
    I will try 64 bit Win 7 Ultimate and other monitors when I can access them.

  3. Tried Windows 7 Ultimate x64. The panel shows correctly on both monitors so I think it is related to software installed on your system. Is there any software related to mouse? You may try disabling software loaded at the bottom-right tray area and/or startup items using msconfig (Press Winkey+R and enter 'msconfig') a batch at one time.

    Hope to hear a solution from you!

  4. Dear all,

    I'm happy to present AeroZoom 3.0 beta 1 (with AeroSnip). It can now be downloaded at

    Any feedback would be appreciated!


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