Adjusting Display Magnification

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 6, 2016)

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Display magnification means different things to different people. For example, if you're working in an application (e.g., Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word) you can magnify what you're looking at by using the zoom controls in the lower right corner of the window. Or if you're working in certain browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer or Google Chrome), hold the Ctrl key and use the mouse's scroll wheel to change the magnification of the page.

It's also possible to magnify the display (in total or in part) in case you're having trouble making out most of the things on the monitor itself. To do this, use the search capabilities of Windows to look for "magnifier" (without the quote marks), and then press Enter. After a small delay, a small dim magnifying glass appears on the screen. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Windows magnifier.

When the magnifier is active, a rectangular loupe appears and follows your mouse, magnifying everything that you move your mouse to.

The magnifier is somewhat configurable. For example, if you move your mouse to the magnifying glass itself, a chevron appears (small, right-pointing characters) in the middle of the magnifying glass. By clicking the chevron, you enter configuration mode. In configuration mode you can perform things like changing the zoom factor; indicating whether you want your magnified view to be of the full screen, a moveable lens, or docked; and changing the size of the lens.

To exit the magnifier, move your mouse to the magnifying glass, click the chevron, and then close the window by clicking the red "X" like you would any other program.

 This tip (11550) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is 0 + 1?

2018-01-22 12:08:02

laitentier

22 January 2018 - doesn't seem to work the like above now. Windows logo key + Plus (switch on) + Esc (switch off) is the easiest, then trial and error!
CTRL with plus and underscore seems to work quite well in Firefox.


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