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Using Microsoft Windows with low vision

The following notes are intended for those not in a position to upgrade to GNU/Linux.

Windows 7 and up have bundled full-screen magnifiers (with optional invert colours as an alternative to the Alt-Shift-PrintScreen high-contrast mode); this magnifier is available by pressing Start-key + (and Start-key - to reduce). The magnified text can look very blurry on some systems, but it's not so bad in Windows 10 with the May 2020 update (which also added TTS options to the magnifier, but you may or may not be allowed to use sound if you're on a public library computer or similar).

Older notes

The following techniques worked for me on a Windows XP Pro laptop I was loaned by a company to do some work for them in 2007/08:
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