The Misc tab is used to zoom (magnify) your desktop to get details about the item under the mouse (Fig. 1), and to conveniently browse your PC's fonts (Fig. 2).
Desktop Zoom Tab
This tab is used to zoom (magnify) your desktop to get details about the item under the mouse. To enable zooming, you can either tick the checkbox (item B) or switch on the [Scroll Lock] key. Enabling with [Scroll Lock] is extremely useful for getting info on windows that disappear when the mouse is clicked.
This is a list of data about the item under the mouse, such as its X/Y screen position, the pixel color, info about the window, etc. The data is updated in real time as you move the mouse around. Disabling the zoom (with the checkbox or switching off the [Scroll Lock]
key) will lock in the data so you can double-click any item value to copy it.
These two boxes let you specify a pixel offset for the mouse, meaning the zoomed item under the red crosshairs is those amount of pixels offset from where the mouse is. This can be handy for items that disappear when the mouse isn't over them, like tooltips. You can enter negative values up to -99
in each box, or positive values up to 999
. Use 0
for both boxes if you want the crosshairs to show exactly what's under the mouse.
This checkbox enables or disables the desktop zooming feature. The [Scroll Lock]
key does the same thing, but with the advantage that you don't need a mouse click (which can sometimes ruin what you're trying to observe). These two methods work independently of each other, by design.
This box is the zoomed desktop image of the area under the mouse (where the crosshairs meet). You can change the magnification level (from 2x to 64x) by holding down the [Ctrl]
key over the box and scrolling the mouse wheel.
Font Browser Tab
This tab is used to conveniently browse your PC's fonts, and to see which keyboard keys relate to which symbolic fonts (such as the Wingdings font).
This is the list of all fonts installed on your PC. If you need to refresh the list, click it and press the [F5]
This preview box shows the font selected in the font list (item A). By default, it shows the keys in lower-case QWERTY layout on top, and upper-case on the bottom. You can edit the text in the box to see how different words and sentences will look in the selected font. You can change the font size by holding down the [Ctrl]
key over the box and scrolling the mouse wheel. To reset the text and font size back to default, right-click the box and select that option from the pop-up menu that appears. If you select some text in the box, the keys needed to type them will appear in the status bar (item E).
This color picker lets you select a color for the text, and also for using with automated action steps that ask you for a color. For example, the action step called "Alert: Show a splash message" can use a different color for the message instead of yellow, so you can use this picker to select a color and then hold down the [Ctrl]
key when clicking [OK]
to copy the color code.
These four toggle buttons change the style of the selected font in the box (item B).
The status bar shows the keys needed to type the selected text in the box (item B). In the example shown in Fig. 2, we can see that the keys q w e r t y
(in lower case) are the ones needed to type the selected text in the box.