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OneLoupe makes your laptop’s tiny text big enough to read [Freeware]


One of the great things about laptop computing is the portability of being able to work anywhere. One of the bad things about laptop computing is the fact that the portability means your screen is often difficult to read, especially in bad lighting situations. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some tool which could magnify your screen display to make it easier to scan?

Well hey-ho, look no further than OneLoupe, a tiny (28kb tiny) freeware program which provides a magnifying window which you can use just like a conventional glass magnifying glass to enhance areas of the screen you need to read.


Once loaded into memory you can fire it up with a hotkey and one cool feature is the ability to change zoom levels instantly with the mouse wheel. You can also make the zoom window smaller or larger by using the arrow keys. Nice!

It’s one of those utilities that could be really useful on a small netbook screen, viewing thumbnails, or when you’re trying to read some of the Microsoft small print when you’re installing software. Definitely one for the toolbox.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • It'd be great if you weren't forced to get a download manager with it – about mid-way through the operation, I cancelled it – and that's a shame, I'm looking for something just like this for a client who has had eye surgery

    • Ahh…the trick is to manually opt out of the download manager. I downloaded and installed with no additional crudware on my machine.

    • Actually I've just checked again and I'm really not sure what you are talking about.

      If you use THIS LINK –… – to the direct zip download there is no download manager involved. Just a single non-install file inside the zip which you can run instantly from anywhere.

      Maybe you used a mirror or clicked on the wrong link (there's a lot of advertising links littered around the download page, which admittedly is very confusing)

    • Maybe I did click on the wrong link, i'll take another look!Sent from my iPhone

  • On my iMac, I just have to double tap the mouse and everything enlarges. Apple is great.

  • Folks – I clicked on the wrong link originally – I just tried this again and it works perfectly! Many thanks Nigel for following through and pointing that out to me!

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