How to Install and Use Microsoft Magnifier


Microsoft Magnifier is a display tool that makes the screen more readable for users who have low vision. This article describes how to to install and use Microsoft Magnifier.

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Installing Magnifier

If there is no Accessibility item when you click Start, point to Programs, and then point to Accessories, you must install this feature:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. Click the Windows Setup tab.
  4. Click to select the Accessibility check box.
  5. Click OK. Note that you may be prompted to insert your Windows CD-ROM.
  6. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

Using Magnifier

Magnifier creates a separate window that displays a magnified portion of your screen. Magnifier is intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with slight visual impairments. When you are using Magnifier, you can:

  • Change the magnification level.
  • Change the size of the magnification window.
  • Change the position of the magnification window on your desktop.
  • Invert the screen colors.
  • Use a high-contrast setting.
Magnifier also has a number of tracking options, including:
  • Following the mouse pointer as it moves on your screen.
  • Following the keyboard focus, which centers on the location of the mouse pointer.
  • Following text editing.
You can start Magnifier in several ways:
  • Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to Accessibility, and then click Magnifier.
  • Click Start, click Run, type magnify, and then click OK or press ENTER.
  • Press CTRL+ESC, press R, type magnify, and then press ENTER.
In Microsoft Windows 2000, you can also start Magnifier by starting Utility Manager and then running Magnifier. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

231843 Description of Windows 2000 Magnifier and Utility Manager Tools
The Accessibility tools that are included with Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows 2000 are intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with special needs.

For a list of Windows-based accessibility utilities, see the Microsoft Accessibility Web site at: