How to use the Windows Magnifier – Tips and Tricks

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  1. Kat

    Hi there! I’d like to use Windows Magnifier in dock mode to keep one particular section of the screen zoomed in constantly, whether or not the mouse or keyboard is active in that area. To be more specific, I have a dual screen setup and want one screen devoted to a specific tenth of the original screen at all times. The docking option comes close to this, but I want to be able to define a region of the screen to be zoomed in on instead of having the zoom follow my pointer or keyboard focus.

    I know Magnifier won’t allow this type of setup but I was hoping you might know of an application or tweak to allow it.

    Thank you!

  2. Katie

    Hi Kat,

    I have this exact same setup as you and need the option you describe as well. I think it would save a great deal of time (and my eyesight) if there is an app out there that allows for this setup. I can’t find anything like it online.
    Please let me know if you’ve found something that works.


  3. KP

    Every time I use the magnifier, whether on the desktop or in an open document or on the internet, after I close it, all the desktop icons are re-arranged – all scattered around the desktop. I don’t want that to happen. Why is it happening?

  4. Stefan

    Anyone know if there’s any shortcuts for like activate or zoom in/out? I found an old page but those shortcuts don’t work 🙁

  5. knippd

    How can I move the magnifying glass off the center of the screen?

  6. Sparky349

    When the magnifier is turned off and minimized, the icon is left in random positions on the display. Is there anyway to drag the icon to a position that I choose? The icon is almost always in a bad position for reading or typing.

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