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Magnifier in 8.1 tablet

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    Magnifier in 8.1 tablet


    I purchased a 7" winbook running Windows 8.1 to play with and see what it could do. It's actually amazing and runs ms office and anything else I've thrown at it!

    But there's one thing it lacks compared to ipads and Android tablets: the ability to enlarge the display by stretching 2 fingers on the desktop touchscreen. I know there is a magnifier tool but it is less convenient than spreading 2 fingers. Is there a utility I could use that could provide that capability?

    EDIT discovered pinch/stretch magnification works when in metro - but not on the desktop side where I live. Any tool that would let me have that capability within desktop?

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I got a Dell Venue Pro 8 [8"] last week with Win8.1 and it has the stretch capability. I'd say check with the vendor as the feature came with mine and also works in my Desktop with 8.1 and a touchscreen monitor. It might be it only works on the data within a window/program and not on the window itself.
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    Actually I misspoke. It does have the capability as I just discovered. My error

    Amazing tablet. Bought it today for $49! That's less than the OS cost!
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I would have bought at that price also but unfortunately what I saw was for in-store only and the nearest is 500 miles away, cost more than $49 just to get there. My Dell was $149 direct from Dell. I also got the Bluetooth keyboard and cover, already had a couple of Microsoft Bluetooth mouses on hand.

    And I also left out that it works on the Desktop side, didn't try it on Metro/tiles.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    2-finger scroll on my Dell venue 11 pro also works too on file explorer and desktop apps. I use the Dell stylus and on screen keyboard rather than physical keyboard and mouse.
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