MNB Reader Generated: OS Wide Magnification in WP8 #TIP

| March 8, 2013 | 9 Replies
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One of our readers “Nabkawe” sent us a cool tip about the OS wide magnification available in WP8; basically it allows you to enlarge ANY part of the OS with no restrictions, read on below to find out more:
If you’re new to WP8 you might use your software like an idiot for a while ignoring cool small things that saves you lots of headaches.
Like if a notification popped up you might wait for it to go away to continue your game while not knowing you could swipe it to the right and be done with it, or when you’re using the keyboard and don’t know that if you held the &123 key and went to the number/symbol you wanted you can skip the layout change.
or that you can actually call the person you’re texting by clicking his name on top. or switch to Facebook messaging by clicking the arrows bellow.
you might not know that you can screenshot any video even when paused to  get  pictures out of them.
Eventually you’ll learn it , but here’s top notch small feature you didn’t know it was there (or perhaps what to do with it. )

The most amazing feature in WP8 (and exclusive I might add) that no one seems to use often (although very important)
is the magnifying glass
Yeah I know old news, well people just don’t use it creatively that’s all , it’s a feature that can be enabled by going to the accessibility settings, when activated it allows you to zoom anywhere by a 2 fingers double click ,the good news its GLOBAL , it can be used everywhere and I mean everywhere , even when you power off your phone and that little good bye shows you can zoom on that ! 😊
even when launching the phone you could zoom on the Windows Phone splash screen.
Zooming doesn’t impair your apps or games or UI , in fact it responds to touches which will come In handy when you’re faced with an app with small buttons. even more you can PAN by sliding your 2 fingers meaning you don’t have to zoom out unless you’re done . isn’t that great ?.

By now you are saying its just zoom relax … :) Well as a guy with glasses I hate small text and this helps , but the reason I love this is how I actually use it to zoom in a video which isn’t really available natively anywhere this would come handy to get a persons face or a text/clock[/B] .

Another use case would be Close ups photography , you know that feeling when you want to zoom so you can frame or insure the focus of your shot but you still don’t want to actually zoom and ruin the picture , this is the solution for you my flower shooting loving friends.

another cool usage case is photo editing , in apps like Nokia exclusives (Burton/Cinemagraph) or professional photo editing tools (Fantasia Painter) , you might want a more accurate brush strokes and zooming again saves the day.

I think there are as many use cases for this as one could be creative to think of so don’t ignore it , show it off to your friends and enjoy your WP8 phones.
Sound off your questions to me at @nabkawe5.

Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  1. Viipottaja says:

    I use it to zoom into comments here to try understand what the hell some people are saying. Alas, it rarely works. Another bug in WP8?

  2. Derrek says:

    I’m sure you’re not the only one who knew about those things in the OS… Kinda sounded a little douchey there, mate =]

    • nabkawe says:

      :) Well duh , Any WP8 fan would know those things , this post was meant for normal people who might just have phones for years not knowing key features of its OS not because they’re stupid but because they don’t have the time to do so. ,

  3. Gerii says:

    Just wanted to add that that this isn’t a WP exclusive feature – it’s also available on BlackBerry 10 and judging from the video it looks like it’s easier to activate on BB10 by just swiping down from the top with two fingers.
    Although I don’t use it that often I have to agree that it’s nice to have sometimes.

  4. Craig says:

    Thanks for this article. I thought my phone had a problem and regularly restarted the phone as I had no idea I was accidentally double tapping the screen.
    Cheers

  5. Richard says:

    Looks like you can’t screen cap a zoomed in image on Lumia 920. It still captures the whole screen as if it wasn’t zoomed. Disappointing.

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