Review: Magnify text and more with OneLoupe (64-bit)

Magnify and zoom on your desktop with this portable freeware.

Easy, useful, and cool, if possible, describes how we like our desktop enhancements, and OneLoupe covers all three bases. Nenad Hrg's free desktop magnifier comes in separate versions for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried the 64-bit version in Windows 7, but it's ready for Windows 8.1.

OneLoupe is portable freeware, so we extracted the zipped program file and dragged it to the desktop for easy access (our choice). Since it's portable and a mere 81KB in size, OneLoupe runs from practically anywhere, including USB drives. Clicking the extracted file opens the magnifier, a rectangular bar centered on cursor crosshairs, and also places a system tray icon accessing an extensive menu of options, including languages. The first thing we did was change OneLoupe's interface language from German to English, but we could also set hot keys, fullscreen magnification, and open a Help file listing quick commands, such as zooming by scrolling the mouse wheel or pressing P to copy the pixel value to the clipboard. We could disable the program's window border for a cleaner appearance over text, too.

OneLoupe is an easy-to-use and effective onscreen magnifier, especially for text. The 64-bit version performed flawlessly, as has previously been our experience with Nenad Hrg's utilities. In the future, we'd like to be able to set the size and shape of the magnifier window and pin the magnifier open, freeing the cursor without losing our place. But as is, OneLoupe is a handy tool for any desktop.

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