Use Magnifier to make things on the screen easier to see

Applies to: Windows 8.1Windows 7

Windows 10


Magnifier makes part or all of your screen bigger so you can see words and images better.

Turn Magnifier on and off

Press the Windows logo key‌  + Plus sign (+) on the keyboard to turn Magnifier on. Press Windows logo key  + Esc to turn it off.

To turn Magnifier on and off using touch or a mouse, select Start  > Settings  > Ease of Access  > Magnifier , and switch on the toggle under Turn on Magnifier.

You can also turn off Magnifier by selecting the Close  button on the Magnifier toolbar.

Zoom in and out and use Magnifier views

When Magnifier is on, zoom in and out by pressing the Windows logo key  + Plus sign (+) or Windows logo key  + Minus sign (-). You can also zoom in and out using the mouse by pressing Ctrl + Alt and rotating the wheel on your mouse.

You can use Magnifier in three different views: full screen, lens, or docked. To change views, use the Views menu on the Magnifier toolbar.

Full screen view magnifies the entire screen. You won’t be able to see the whole screen at the same time, but you'll see parts of it as you move around.

Lens view is like moving a magnifying glass around the screen. You can change the size of the lens in Magnifier settings.

Docked view works on the desktop. In this view, Magnifier is anchored to your screen. As you move around the screen, parts of the screen are magnified in the docking area, even though the main part of the screen is unchanged.

Change Magnifier settings

Magnifier includes different settings to help suit your needs. To get to them, select Start  > Settings  > Ease of Access  > Magnifier . You can also press Windows logo key  + Ctrl + M or select the Settings 

Magnifier options button
 button on the Magnifier toolbar.

Here’s what you can change:

  • Zoom level. Change the default amount of magnification when you turn on Magnifier.
  • Zoom level increment. Change the amount by which Magnifier zooms in and out.
  • Start Magnifier after sign-in. Turn on Magnifier automatically after you sign in to your PC.
  • Start Magnifier before sign-in for everyone. Turn on Magnifier for everyone before they sign in to your PC.
  • Invert colors. Reverse the colors on the screen. Sometimes reversing colors can make text easier to read.
  • Image and text smoothing. Make the edges of magnified text appear smooth when you zoom in.
  • Collapse to magnifying glass icon. Collapse the Magnifier toolbar to a magnifying glass icon. To show the Magnifier toolbar, select the magnifying glass icon.
  • Choose Magnifier view. Select the default view that Magnifier uses when you turn it on. If you select lens view, you can also change the size of the lens.

Use Magnifier with a touchscreen

Here are some tips on how to use Magnifier with a touchscreen:

  • To zoom in and out, tap on the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols on the corners of the screen.
  • To move around the screen, drag along the borders of the screen in full screen view.
  • To instantly zoom out and see where you are on the screen, tap with one finger on opposite borders of the screen simultaneously.
  • To close Magnifier, tap the Close  button.

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

For a full list of Magnifier keyboard shortcuts, see Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility. The full list of keyboard shortcuts is also available in Magnifier settings.

Windows 8.1


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  + "+" (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, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Ease of Access, tap or click Magnifier, and 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  + Esc. You can also tap or click the magnifying glass icon , and then tap or click the Close button on the Magnifier toolbar.

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 touchscreen, 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.

Customizing 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 Windows  + Plus and Windows  + 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, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

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

  3. Go to the Windows Desktop and click the Magnifying glass .

  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
      .

    • Select the Turn on color inversion check box to reverse colors on the screen. Sometimes reversing colors makes text easier to read.

    • Select a check box to choose how Magnifier focuses. Magnifier can follow your mouse, the insertion point, or the keyboard.

Using Magnifier with touch

You can use Magnifier with a touchscreen 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.

Windows 7


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.

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.

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

    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.