Turn on and adjust Magnifier

Magnifier is a display utility that makes your computer screen more readable by creating a separate window that shows a portion of your screen larger. Here's how to turn on Magnifier and set the Magnifier levels.

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To turn on Magnifier using your mouse

  1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Accessibility.

  2. Click Magnifier to open the Magnifier Settings dialog box. Adjust the level of magnification by typing a number from 1 to 9, or by selecting the arrow button to open the list of options from the drop-down menu.

To turn on Magnifier using your keyboard

  1. Display the Start menu by pressing Ctrl+Esc (or the Windows logo key). Press R and type magnify. Then press Enter.

  2. Move to the Magnifier Settings dialog box by pressing Alt+L. Adjust the level of magnification between 1 and 9 by moving the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys.

To change Magnifier size and position using your mouse

  • Do either of the following:

    • To change the size, make sure Magnifier is turned on. Move your mouse pointer over an edge of the Magnifier window. When the pointer becomes a two–headed arrow, hold down the mouse button and drag the Magnifier window to resize it.

    • To change the position, make sure Magnifier is turned on. Move the mouse pointer over the Magnifier window. Hold down the mouse button and drag the Magnifier window to reposition it.

To change Magnifier size and position using your keyboard

  • Do either of the following:

    • To change the size of the window, make sure Magnifier is turned on and the Magnifier Settings dialog box is open. Press Alt+F6, then press Alt+Spacebar. Press S. Then press an arrow key until the mouse pointer becomes a two–headed arrow on the side or corner of the Magnifier window. Continue pressing the arrow keys until the Magnifier window is the size you want. Then press Enter.

    • To change the position of the window, make sure Magnifier is turned on and the Magnifier Settings dialog box is open. Press Alt+F6, and then press Alt+Spacebar. Press M. Move the Magnifier window to the position you want by pressing the arrow keys. Then press Enter.