Use Magnifier to make things on the screen easier to see

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 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 the Start  button, then select 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 the Start  button, then select 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 are the Magnifier settings that you can change:

  • Change zoom level: Changes the default amount of magnification when you turn on Magnifier.
  • Change zoom increment: Changes the amount by which Magnifier zooms in and out.
  • Start Magnifier after sign-in: Turns on Magnifier automatically after you sign in to your PC.
  • Start Magnifier before sign-in for everyone: Turns on Magnifier for everyone before they sign in to your PC.
  • Collapse Magnifier to a floating transparent magnifying glass: Collapses the Magnifier toolbar to a transparent magnifying glass icon. To show the Magnifier toolbar, select the magnifying glass icon.
  • Smooth edges of images and text: Makes the edges of magnified images and text appear smooth when you zoom in.
  • Invert colors: Reverses the colors on the screen, which sometimes makes text easier to read.
  • Choose Magnifier view: Selects the default view (Docked, Full screen, or Lens) that Magnifier uses when you turn it on. If you select Lens view, you can also change its size.

See Magnifier settings

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.

Use Magnifier centering mode

To reduce the amount of distracting movement on your screen, Magnifier can now stay centered on your mouse cursor. To enable this, select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Ease of Access  > Magnifier  > Keep the mouse cursor > Centered on the screen.

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.