How to Use Windows Magnifier

Found This Helpful

The Magnifier tool in Windows operating systems allows users with poor vision to enlarge certain portions of the screen. You can set the Magnifier to enlarge portion of the screen that your mouse points to, keyboard pointer is located at or where you are currently typing text. Although it works almost the same in Windows XP, Vista and 7, some of the options, including how to start the application, differ between the Windows editions.

Windows XP

  1. Go to the "Start" menu, select "All Programs," click the "Accessories," select "Accessibility" and click "Magnifier."

  2. Click "OK" in the window with more information on the Magnifier. Select the tracking mode in the "Magnifier Settings" window to either track the mouse cursor, keyboard pointer or text typing. Select the desired zoom from the "Magnification level" drop-down menu and minimize the "Magnifier Settings" window. (Do not close it out as it will terminate Magnifier as well.)

  3. Click-and-drag the Magnifier window to the desired position on the screen. Hover the mouse over the window's edge to turn it into a double arrow and change Magnifier size. Move your mouse to the object you want to be enlarged and the portion of the screen will be displayed in the Magnifier window.

  4. Close either the Magnifier or the "Magnifier Settings" window to exit the application when done.

Windows Vista

  1. Go to the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel," click "Ease of Access," select "Ease of Access Center" and click "Start Magnifier" under "Quick access to common tools."

  2. Select the tracking mode in the "Magnifier Settings" window to either track the mouse cursor, keyboard pointer or text typing. Select the desired magnification level under "Presentation" from the "Scale factor" drop-down menu and click "Hide" to minimize the "Magnifier Settings" window. (Do not close it out as it will terminate Magnifier as well.)

  3. Click-and-drag the Magnifier window to the desired position on the screen. Hover the mouse over the window's edge to turn it into a double arrow and change Magnifier size. Move your mouse to the object you want to be enlarged and the portion of the screen will be displayed in the Magnifier window.

  4. Close either the Magnifier or the "Magnifier Settings" window to exit the application when done.

Windows 7

  1. Go to the "Start" menu, select "All Progarms," click "Accessories," select "Ease of Access" and click "Magnifier."

  2. Click the "Views" drop-down menu to select either full-screen, lens or docked Magnifier mode. (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 using a theme other than an Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.) Click the options button (displayed as a wheel) on the Magnifier toolbar and select the tracking mode in the "Magnifier Options" window to either track the mouse cursor, keyboard pointer or text typing. Click the "+" or "-" buttons on the Magnifier toolbar to increase or decrease Magnifier zoom level. Minimize the Magnifier toolbar. (Do not close it out as it will terminate Magnifier as well.)

  3. Click-and-drag the Magnifier window to the desired position on the screen. Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "R" keys at the same time and then move the mouse pointer up/down or left/right to change the size of the Magnifier window. Move your mouse to the object you want to be enlarged and the portion of the screen will be displayed in the Magnifier window.

  4. Close either the Magnifier window or the Magnifier toolbar to exit the application when done.

Related Searches

References

Comments

  • Photo Credit search and magnifier buttons. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com

You May Also Like

Featured

Related Ads

Related Searches
Watch Video

#eHowHacks: Make Travel-Sized Toothpaste With a Drinking Straw