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Defrag Tools: #31 - ZoomIt

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In this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards, Chad Beeder and Larry Larsen walk you through Sysinternals ZoomIt. ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image.

Sysinternals ZoomIt
Sysinternals Administrator's Reference - [Amazon]

[00:00] - Overview
[01:42] - Windows Magnifier (Win-+)
[03:35] - Ctrl-1 - Static Zoom
[05:30] - Ctrl-2 - Draw
[06:38] - Ctrl-4 - Live Zoom
[08:12] - File Save *
[10:05] - Ctrl-3 - Break Timer

* Zoomed to 480x300 on a 1920x1200 screen, the file sizes are:

  • Zoomed - 1920x1200
  • Actual - 480x300


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  • Dave Williamsondavewill here birdie birdie, get in my belly!

    Yes! The best utility to do on larry's lazy eyed lizard day!

  • Mark RussinovichMark Russinovich

    Great show! Yes, you can fully customize the break timer background, including making the background transparent. BTW you can also type when you're in drawing mode.


  • I use ZoomIt in combination with the OneNote screen grabber (winkey-s).  The two put together are VERY useful in day-to-day screen annotations, etc... I have found myself using it more for this type of functionality than actual zooming Smiley

  • Yes, Ctrl + S work as designed. Bug in Mark's application? LOL

  • loverboyloverboy

    may you kindly reply to my post at episode #29?


  • Andrew Richardswindev Andrew Richards

    @loverboy:Done... Also here:

    This script will capture a lot of cool data. You can get roughly the same data using the default options in WPRUI.exe.

    @echo off
    echo Press a key when ready to start...
    echo .
    echo ...Capturing...
    echo .
    xperf -on PROC_THREAD+LOADER+Base+Diag+Latency+FileIO+DRIVERS+DPC+DISPATCHER -stackwalk Profile+CSwitch+ReadyThread+ThreadCreate -BufferSize 1024 -MinBuffers 256 -MaxBuffers 256 -MaxFile 256 -FileMode Circular
    echo Press a key when you want to stop...
    echo .
    echo ...Stopping...
    echo .
    xperf -stop -d result.etl

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