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Reader Jim Wales is tired of squinching up his eyes to read his mail. He writes:

We just purchased one of the slick new iMacs (20”, 2.4GHz model) and absolutely love it! However, we use AOL for email and find the image window for “Saved” mail too small. I do not want to go to the System Preference area and change the display resolution, as it then is too fuzzy, but large enough to read.

Jim, forgive me for sending you to System Preferences just one time, but you’ll be glad I did. When you get there, click Universal Access and in the Seeing tab enable the Zoom option. Now when you press Command-Option-= (the Equals key on the top row of the regular keyboard rather than the keypad), whatever is on your display will be enlarged. Press Command-Option-Minus (-)—again, not on the keypad—and the display zooms out. By clicking the Options button you can adjust maximum and minimum zoom levels and decide whether you want the display image to move only when the cursor reaches the edge of the screen, follow the cursor continuously, or keep the cursor centered.

You can turn screen zooming on or off by pressing Command-Option-8.

Bonus hint: If small fonts are more difficult to discern than they once were, do as I did and get a pair of computer glasses. Mine magnify 1X and focus at just around three-feet, making working at the computer far easier on the eyes.

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