Using Magnifier to see items on the screen

Magnifier is a useful tool that enlarges part – or all – of your screen so you can see the words and images better. It comes with a few different settings, so you can use it the way that suits you best.

Using Magnifier

You can open and close Magnifier quickly so it's handy when you need it and it's out of your way when you don't.

To open Magnifier using a keyboard

  1. Press Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+ "+" (plus sign).
  2. Magnifier will open in Full-screen view unless you change the settings.

To open Magnifier using touch or a mouse

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Ease of Access, tap or click Magnifier, then move the slider under Magnifier to turn it on.

  3. Magnifier will open in Full-screen view unless you change the settings.

To close Magnifier

  • To exit Magnifier quickly, press the Windows logo key Windows logo key + Esc. You can also tap or click the magnifying glass icon Magnifying glass icon, then tap or click the Close button on the Magnifier toolbar.

Notes

  • If you want to have Magnifier always at your fingertips, you can pin it to the Start screen or taskbar. For more info, see How to use the taskbar.

  • Some people want to change the clarity or size of the words and images on the screen. If this is what you want to do, you can use the app to zoom in on a page or change your screen resolution. For more information about changing your screen resolution, see Getting the best display on your monitor.

Changing Magnifier views

If you're using a mouse, you can use Magnifier in a few ways, depending on how you like to work: full-screen, lens and docked. Try them all to find out which one you prefer.

Full-screen. In this view, your entire screen is magnified. You probably won’t be able to see the whole screen at the same time when it’s magnified, but as you move around the screen, you can see everything. If you have a touch screen, Magnifier will display white borders around the edge of your screen. Drag your finger or mouse along the borders to move around the screen.

Lens. In this view, when you move around the screen, it’s like moving a magnifying glass around.

Docked. Docked view works on the Windows desktop. In this view, a magnifier is docked to a portion of your screen. As you move around the screen, parts of the screen appear magnified in the docking area, even though the main part of the screen is unchanged.

Customising Magnifier

You can change the way Magnifier works. For example, you can use the zoom buttons (zoom in button and  zoom out button) to change how much Magnifier enlarges your screen. Pressing WindowsWindows logo key+ Plus and WindowsWindows logo key+ Minus on your keyboard is another quick way to zoom in and out. You can also open the Magnifier options button Magnifier options button to change Magnifier.
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Magnifier in the search box, then tap or click Magnifier.

  3. Go to the Windows Desktop and click the Magnifying glass Magnifying glass icon.
  4. Click the Options button Magnifier options button.
  5. Do one or more of the following:

    • Use the slider to choose a zoom increment. The percentage you choose here will be the increment by which Magnifier enlarges the screen when you press the zoom in button Zoom in button.
    • Tick the Turn on colour inversion checkbox to reverse colours on the screen. Sometimes reversing colours makes text easier to read.

    • Tick a checkbox to choose how Magnifier focuses. Magnifier can follow your mouse, the insertion point or the keyboard.

Note

  • When you open Magnifier, the Magnifier toolbar appears briefly. It quickly gets out of your way, but you can display it again by clicking the magnifying glass icon Magnifying glass icon on your screen or the Magnifier icon on the taskbar.

Using Magnifier with touch

You can use Magnifier with a touch screen to perform a variety of tasks:

  • Zoom in and out by tapping on the corners.

  • Move around the screen by dragging along the borders.

  • Exit Magnifier by tapping the "X."

  • See where you are on the screen by tapping with two fingers on opposite borders.

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