When I set up the Eyoyo digital magnifier, I was excited about being able to hook it up to a monitor. I did not anticipate how much explanation it would be to describe how to switch back and forth between the Chromebook (normal use of the monitor) and this new device. So blog post time.
The initial setup
The digital magnifier comes with a yellow RCA plug designed for the TV. Alas, the computer monitor in use (Dell U2412M 24″ UltraSharp LED Monitor) is a monitor and not a TV. Therefore it doesn’t have that plug. I bought a RCA to HDMI converter and tested it at home. Alas, I got here and the monitor also doesn’t have a HDMI plug. It has DisplayPort (which is in use from the Chromebook via a USB C to Displayport wire). I then bought a RCA to VGA adapter and the blue VGA cable. That worked. Now time to explain how to switch input sources. (That would have needed describing on the TV or monitor regardless of which plugs)
On the bottom right frame of the monitor, there are five buttons. The bottom one is the power button. The others, I will be calling buttons 1-4 from top to bottom in this blog post.
Annoyingly, there are two modes for the menu. One if it can’t find a signal and the other if it can. Which means two sets of instructions.
Mode 1: Using full menu to switch to VGA for digital magnifier
Continuing my instructional series for a less technically inclined relative of how to do activities on a Chromebook, this one is a walkthru of how to print an Amazon return QR code. The catch is there is no printer so the QR code will be emailed to Staples and printed there. Luckily, it is a “simple” three step procedure. (Well, I think it is simple)
Step 1 – Initiate the Amazon Return
Log into amazon.com
Click on “Returns and Orders” on top
Scroll down to the item you don’t want and choose “Return or replace items”
Select a reason for return from the pull down
Enter a comment/reason why
Choose how you want your return credited – Amazon credit or Credit card return
Choose how you want to return ex: UPS store. Note that some choices are hidden and you can expand to see them
Click “Confirm your return”
Step 2 – Download the QR code
There are three ways to download the QR code to a file. Listing all three here in case Amazon moves things around. Also note that if you don’t do this right away, you can go back to orders and click “View return label and instructions”. Option 2 and 3 both work with that approach as well.
Option 1: Click “Download Return Code” – this automatically downloads to a file
Option 2: Click “View return code”. Then under the QR code, click “Download Return Code”
Option 3: Click “View return code”. Right click the image and choose “Save images as”. Then type in a file name and click “Save”
Step 3 – Email the QR code
Regardless of which option you chose for step 2, you now have a file in your downloads folder with the QR code. Here’s how to send it in gmail.
Send an email to email@example.com
Click the paper clip (attachment icon) at the bottom of gmail
Click on the image you downloaded (it will probably have a bunch of numbers in it)
Click “Open” (this will attach it to your message)
Send the email
Click ok that you are sending the email without a subject or body
Optional Step 4: Deleting the QR code
On the Chromebook, go to the bottom left circle and click
There are a few things one can do on a Chromebook to help compensate for vision problems.
Zoom in using the browser. Yes, I know this one is obvious so getting it out of the way.
Note: the exact steps may have changed. My Chromebook is expired and no longer gets updates
In the Settings app, expand Advanced and choose Accessibility. Then choose “manage accessibility features”. Here you have a number of options
ChromeVox – will read screen to you. This screenreader is meant for people who can see but with a vision impairment. (It’s not as powerful as Jaws which is intended for blind people)
Enable select o speak – highlight what want to hear and press search – s. I’m not sure if this is useful. It could be if you can see the area. But then you could zoom in a lot and read that part? Maybe if you can see sections of things but not read even giant letters?
High contrast mode – I found this harder to read. But my vision is fine.
Built in full screen magnifier – Press ctrl+search+m to turn off and ctrl+alt+arrow keys to move around. Interesting. I think the magnifying glass extension is better. It feels more intuitive to move the magnifying glass than the screen.
Enable docked magnifier. It takes the top third of your screen and shows whatever part of the screen you have your mouse over. I like this better than the full screen one because you get to move your mouse and still keep context.
Customize resolution on the whole computer or just text
Make the cursor larger – this one is neat. Avoids the game of cursor hide and seek.
Change the color of the cursor – if easier to see with a different color
Have a visual effect when moving the cursor or going to a form field
Magnifying glass extension
There are two similarly named MagnifyingGlass. On from HoverZoom and one from PDFWork. I like. Both work the same way. You have to click the little extension blob in the toolbar to activate it for a site and then it stays activate until you press escape. I wish there was a keyboard shortcut. PDFWork says alt-s works on an old doc page. It didn’t work for me, but isn’t in the current doc anyway.