Magnifier overview

Magnifier is a display utility that makes the screen more readable for users who have impaired vision. Magnifier creates a separate window that displays a magnified portion of your screen. You can also change the color scheme of the magnification window for easier visibility. You can move or resize the Magnifier window, or drag it to the edge of the screen and lock it into place. Magnifier is intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with slight visual impairments.

When 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

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 cursor

Following text editing

When Magnifier is open, you can right-click the magnification window to set these Magnifier options, or to hide or exit Magnifier.

Open Magnifier


Related Topics

Utility Manager overview

Accessibility Wizard

Set Magnifier tracking options

Invert the colors of the Magnifier window

Change the position of the Magnifier window

Change the size of the Magnifier window

Set magnification level

To open Magnifier, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Accessibility, and then click Magnifier

To open Magnifier using the keyboard, press CTRL+ESC, press R, type magnify, and then press ENTER. 

Utility Manager enables users to check an Accessibility program's status and start or stop an Accessibility program. Users with administrator-level access can designate to have the program start when Utility Manager starts. Users can also start Accessibility programs before logging on to the computer on by pressing the Windows logo key () + U at the Welcome to Windows dialog box that appears when Windows starts.

The accessibility tools that ship with Windows are intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with special needs. Most users with disabilities will need utility programs with more advanced functionality for daily use. Web addresses can change, so you might be unable to connect to the Web site or sites mentioned here. 

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