Make items on the screen appear bigger (Magnifier)


Magnifier enlarges different parts of the screen and is part of the Ease of Access Center. To open it quickly, click Start, and then type Magnifier.

You can also change the screen resolution, which adjusts the clarity, size, and amount of things that fit on your computer monitor. To learn more about adjusting the screen resolution, see Getting the best display on your monitor.

Notes

  • If you want to have Magnifier at your fingertips, you can pin it to the taskbar. To learn more about pinning, see Pin a program to the taskbar.

  • To exit Magnifier, press the Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+Esc.

There are three Magnifier modes:

  • Full-screen mode. In full-screen mode, your entire screen is magnified. Depending on the size of your screen and the zoom level you choose, you might not be able to see all of the screen at the same time.

  • Lens mode. In lens mode, the area around the mouse pointer is magnified. When you move the mouse pointer, the area of the screen that's magnified moves along with it.

  • Docked mode. In docked mode, only a portion of the screen is magnified, leaving the rest of your desktop unchanged. You can then control which area of the screen is magnified.

Note

  • Full-screen mode and lens mode are only available as part of the Aero experience. If your computer doesn't support Aero, or if you're not using an Aero‌ theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.

Watch this video to learn how to make items on the screen appear bigger (1:56)

To make items on the screen appear bigger

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. On the Views menu, click the mode that you want to use.

  3. Move the pointer to the part of the screen that you want to magnify.

Notes

  • When you're using full-screen mode, you can quickly preview your entire desktop by clicking the Views menu, and then clicking Preview full screen.

  • For a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use with Magnifier, see Keyboard shortcuts.

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To choose where Magnifier focuses

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. Click the Options button Picture of the Options button , and then select the option that you want:
    Option Description
    Option

    Follow the mouse pointer

    Description

    Displays the area around the mouse pointer in the Magnifier window. When you select this option, you can choose to have the Magnifier window move when the mouse pointer approaches or when the mouse pointer hits the edge of the Magnifier window.

    Option

    Follow the keyboard focus

    Description

    Displays the area around the pointer when you press the Tab or arrow keys.

    Option

    Have Magnifier follow the text insertion point

    Description

    Displays the area around the text that you're typing.

To change the zoom level

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. Do one of the following:

    To Do this
    To

    Zoom in

    Do this
    Click Zoom in  Picture of the Zoom in button or press the Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+Plus sign
    To

    Zoom out

    Do this
    Click Zoom out  Picture of the Zoom out button or press the Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+Minus sign

To set the zoom increment

The zoom increment determines how quickly Magnifier zooms in and out.

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. Click the Options button Picture of the Options button , and then move the slider to adjust the zoom increment. Moving the slider to the left causes Magnifier to zoom slower, with smaller changes between zoom levels. Moving the slider to the right causes Magnifier to zoom faster, with larger changes between zoom levels.

To set the lens size

When you're using lens mode, you can adjust the size of the Magnifier lens.

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. Click the Options button Picture of the Options button, and then, under Magnifier Lens Size, move the sliders to adjust the size of the Magnifier lens. The lens size changes right away. Adjust the level until it's right for you.

Notes

  • You need to use lens mode for the lens size options to appear.

  • You can quickly 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.

To turn on color inversion

Turning on color inversion increases the contrast between items on your screen, which can help make your screen easier to see.

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. Click the Options button Picture of the Options button, and then select the Turn on color inversion check box.

To display the Magnifier toolbar

When you start using Magnifier, the Magnifier toolbar disappears to get out of your way, but you can display it again.

  1. Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.

  2. After Magnifier opens, click the magnifying glass icon on your screenPicture of the Magnifying glass icon or click the magnifier icon on the taskbar.


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