How to use the Windows Magnifier – Tips and Tricks

As a part of the Ease of Access Center, one of the Accessibility tools that Microsoft has included in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7,  is the all-improved Magnifier. This Magnifier tool makes it easier for people with disabilities, to read and view various parts of their computer screen more clearly, as it makes items appear larger. In this post, we will see how to open, use or turn off the Magnifier in Windows 10/8/7. Check out the Windows 10 zoom application & learn about its settings.

Windows Magnifier Tips and Tricks

So what is this image of Jesus Christ doing here? We will come back to it later.

How to open the Windows Magnifier

Now coming back: To run the Magnifier, type ‘magnifier‘ in start search and hit Enter. You can also access it via the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Ease of Access Center or from the Accessories folder in your Start Menu. You will see it appear on your desktop.

If you move your mouse pointer over it and click, it will transform into a small window which will offer you various settings and options. Here, you can control the amount of magnification you desire using the ‘+’ button.

How to use the Windows Magnifier

There are three Magnifier modes where you can set your magnifier view to:

  • Full-screen mode. In full-screen mode, your entire screen gets magnified. Depending on your screen resolution, some parts your items may go out off-screen, but you can always move your pointer in that direction to see them.
  • Lens mode. In lens mode, the Magnifier will move as a lens along with your mouse pointer and the area around the mouse pointer gets magnified. You can change the lens size by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R, and then moving the pointer up and down to change the height, and left and right to change the width.

How to use the Windows Magnifier - Tips and Tricks

  • Docked mode. The Dock stays on the top end of your screen and magnifies the part on which you are working. In docked mode, only a portion of the screen is magnified, leaving the rest of your desktop unchanged. If your computer does not support Aero, this is the only mode that will be available to you.

When you click on the Settings buttons, you will see the various Magnifier Options available to you.

Here you can set the zooming and also decide on where you want the Magnifier to focus – whether you want the Magnifier to follow the mouse pointer, follow the keyboard focus or the text insertion point.

Moreover, you can also fine tune your fonts appearance using ClearType and opt to make Magnifier start every time your Windows computer starts. You can also change the screen resolution, which adjusts the clarity, size, and a number of things that fit on your computer monitor.

If you need high-contrast, you can Turn on color inversion here. This will invert all the colors – make white into black and vice versa. Turning on color inversion increases the contrast between items on your screen, which can help make your screen easier to see.

Now while reading this tip, if you haven’t yet started your Magnifier tool, I suggest you run it now and Turn on color inversion.

Have you done that? Now scroll up to see the image of Jesus. This is how Image conversion works! This trick will also let you see the true colors of any negative image!

Magnifier Settings in Windows 10

windows 10 magnifier settings

When the Magnifier is open in Windows 10, you may click on the wheel symbol to open its settings. Alternatively, you may open Settings > Ease of Access > Vision > Magnifier to see all its settings. You will also see all the Magnifier shortcuts mentioned there.

How to turn off Magnifier in Windows 10

Simply click on the ‘x’ symbol to turn off the Magnifier, as you would do for any other application.

Seeing the versatility of this tool, it can prove to be useful not just to elderly people with vision problems, but it could also prove to be of immense help if you find that your laptop screen is moving away too far from you while reclining on your favorite armchair, or even if you want to see the real colors of any negative image!

Just one of the several Windows 10 Tips and Tricks!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

6 Comments

  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.

    Thanks,
    Katie

  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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