ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a screen magnification and reading program that enables users with low vision to see, hear, and use everything on the computer screen. Screen magnification tools can be used to enlarge and enhance screen contents, while screen and document reading tools can be used to hear information spoken aloud. The program also includes ZoomText Recorder, a feature that turns text from documents, web pages, and other sources into audio recordings you can listen to on a computer or mobile device.

The current version available through the university license is 2022.2110.47.400. It is compatible with Windows 11,10, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2016.


No cost for University-owned computers.


Departments Faculty Staff

UA IT professionals should contact our office of Technology Accessibility to request ZoomText download files and installation instructions.

To ensure that important configuration changes are made at the time of installation, the software must be installed by a UA IT professional. Specific installation and setup guidelines must be followed to prevent unnecessary license use.


ZoomText is also available for employees who need it as an accommodation for a disability. Employees who feel they need to have ZoomText installed on their office computers because of a disability must request an accommodation through Human Resources by completing the Employee Accommodation Request Form or by contacting Emily Marbutt, ADA Coordinator, at emarbutt@fa.ua.edu.

Eligibility and Cost

There is no cost for University-owned computers.

Licensing Information

This software is licensed for use on University-owned machines and devices only.

The client may be installed on an unlimited number of University-owned computers, but only 15 users may use the software at any given time. Departments are encouraged to deploy the client on as many publicly accessible computers as possible to ensure its availability across campus. Departments may incorporate it into their images for public computers.

ZoomText may not be installed on personal computers owned by students, faculty, or staff. Copies for personal use should be purchased from Freedom Scientific or a software retailer.

Software Information

Visit ZoomText’s Help page for product documentation, how-to’s, and training resources. Product overviews and short video tutorials can be found on the Freedom Scientific YouTube channel. Contact ZoomText for technical support.