How to Reflow Text to Not Overflow the Viewing Area - Windows 7, 8, 10

Jerry L
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MY SYSTEM
Windows 8.1
ASUS T100 Notebook (10 inch screen)

BACKGROUND
The problem I am trying to solve is difficult to search for on Google.

Problem (1): (SOLVED)
I need a magnifying glass app to enlarge the font on my small screen.
> > > > The native app that comes with Windows 8 is adequate for this issue.

Problem (2): When I read a paragraph that is enlarged, the text overflows out of the magnified reading area. This can be text in a PDF reader, text in a Word document, or text in the browser. (These may not be only text but text plus images, usually.)
 
QUESTION
Can you help me find a tool or utility or application (.exe) that runs on the Windows Desktop that will re-flow the paragraphs of a page so the text does not overflow the viewing area (allows it to wrap, perhaps) when either using the zoom feature (such as two finger gesture) or a magnifier?
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CastroTop Rated Freelancer on MS Technologies
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Commented:
I don't think that tool that fixes the paragraph to a big font.

But I'd use Zoom It from Sysinternals, probably would work :)

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit
Jerry LOperations Manager

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Commented:
As a workaround, can someone tell me how to Pan Sideways, using keyboard shortcut keys, when using the Microsoft Magnifier in Full Screen mode?

The only ways I have found are:

1. Move the touchpad mouse to the edges of the screen.
2. Touch the top and bottom border or edges of the magnifier display.
3. Keyboard Keys?
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Hi Jerry,

Not a direct answer to your question, but I have an idea that might be useful for your situation. Have you tried changing the size of the text in the display settings of Windows? It should make everything easier to read, and also wrap the text for you so you don't run into problem #2.

You can change the size of text in your version of Windows by right clicking on the desktop and selecting Screen Resolution. From that menu there should be an option to Make text and other items larger or smaller. You will want to click on that link, and on the next settings page you can either Change the size of all items, which will make text, buttons, menus etc larger, or just Change only the text size. You can see which one works best for you.

Here is a link to reference the steps https://www.gottabemobile.com/how-to-make-text-and-apps-larger-in-windows-8-1/. The link also details how to make larger icons in your Start Menu if that is something you are interested in.

Hope this helps,
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Jerry LOperations Manager

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@Martin
Thank you for that suggestion. I had not even thought of it. I've always used much larger screens. I am not sure if it will also work for text inside other applications such as Foxit PDF reader, MS Word, etc. But I'll try it. If so, I will give you at least partial credit for the solution.

In the meantime, the MS Magnifier is working in full-screen mode, except the Left/Right panning does not seem to have a Keyboard Shortcut. Are you able to find this hotkey combination anywhere?
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Commented:
Hi Jerry,

You can try pressing Ctrl + Alt + the direction you would like to pan, and it will move the magnified area of the screen. You can also drag your mouse cursor to the edge of the screen and it will scroll that way as well.

Let me know if this is the fix that you were looking for, if not I'll keep looking into it.
Martin
Jerry LOperations Manager

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Commented:
When I select that key combination (CTRL+ALT+ARROW), MS Windows takes over and rotates the screen. Is there some way to disable that key combination in Windows settings, or Registry?
Jerry LOperations Manager

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Commented:
In order to allow panning left right in the MS Magnifier mode using arrow keys, I needed to Disable the MS Windows Keyboard Shortcut for the CTRL+ALT+ARROW.

Thanks for your help,


SOLUTION
Disable the MS Windows Keyboard Shortcut for the CTRL+ALT+ARROW

Desktop > Right Click > Graphics Options > Hot Keys > Disable
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Hi Jerry,

Your screen might be rotating due to your Intel Graphics Card. To disable the hotkeys for the display drivers try pressing Ctrl + Alt + F12 which should open the Intel control panel. Then go to the Hot Keys tab and uncheck Enable Hot Keys.

Alternatively, you might need to right-click on your desktop, click on Graphics options, go to Hot Keys, and then Disable.

Let me know if this works for you!
Martin
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Commented:
Glad to help you with your issue Jerry!

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