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How to use "Zoomify"

Lincs to the Past uses software called “Zoomify” to display images. The advantage of this program is that it breaks large images into small sections and only downloads and displays the sections you choose to view. This makes the process considerably faster than downloading a complete image file. As you navigate around an image, or zoom in or out, the image may appear blurred momentarily while the new data is downloaded, but will very soon become sharp again.

There are three screens: the main image screen, and two smaller screens called “Toolbar” and “Navigator” which you can use to change what is displayed on the main image screen.

Main Image Screen

This screen displays the image you have selected. Initially it will show the whole image, but you can zoom in to any part of the image and move around, using the methods described in the sections below.

If you hover your cursor over the image, it will turn into a pointy hand. You can then hold down the left button on your mouse and drag the image around the screen, as an alternative method of navigation.

You can left click on the image one or more times to zoom in.  You can also use the Ctrl and + keys to zoom in, and the Ctrl and - keys to zoom out of an image.

“Toolbar”

The sliding bar can be used to quickly zoom in and out of an image: drag the triangle left or right along the bar by using the left button of your mouse.

Use the + and - symbols to zoom in and out of the main image.

Use the four arrows to make small movements left, up, down or right.

The bottom right button restores the original settings and shows the whole image in the main image screen.

The final button is not used on the Lincs to the Past website and can be ignored.

If this screen is blocking the part of the image that you want to see, you can change its position. Move your cursor to the header bar where it says “Toolbar”, hold down the left button of your mouse, and drag the screen elsewhere.

“Navigator”

This screen shows a thumbnail of the whole image. The blue rectangle indicates the area of the image that is being shown in the main image screen. If you hover your cursor over the blue rectangle, the arrow will turn into a pointy hand. To navigate quickly around the image, hold down the left button of your mouse and drag the rectangle around the thumbnail.

If this screen is blocking the part of the image that you want to see, you can change its position. Move your cursor to the header bar where it says “Navigator”, hold down the left button of your mouse, and drag the screen elsewhere.

Customer Notice: Online Ordering

Please do not use the online ordering system which is currently not working. We apologise to customers for any inconvenience this will cause.


Thousands of digital images of documents are available to view on the website and images can be ordered offline. For instructions on how to place an order please visit the 'Buy Images' page.


If you have any queries about ordering digital images please email Lincs to the Past Orders@lincolnshire.gov.uk.


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Last updated: 9 March 2011

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