The Windows Magnifier , which Microsoft has also integrated into the operating system for Windows 10, is an indispensable feature for many users. It enables especially elderly or visually impaired people to significantly enlarge the display of the Windows PC, to improve it and thereby to increase the legibility .
To activate the screen magnifier, you just have to start the well-known Windows 10 Settings app. The easiest and fastest way to do this is with the key combination
Windows key + “I”. Then the Windows 10 Settings app starts and you have to go to the area
Ease of use
click, as you can see here below.
Then the start window ” Speech output ” is called and on the left side you will find the appropriate point
After clicking on ” Magnifier ” you will now see the following.
Here you will find all the necessary settings for the Windows 10 screen magnifier . The decisive factor is the slide switch right at the top, so that your
can. After activation, a small program is started, in which you can then also make various settings. Among other things, the percentage by which the screen display should be enlarged . In our example it is 200%.
But there are also many other options for the magnifier in the Settings app . In detail, these are:
- Zoom factor for the screen enlargement
- Intervals in% for the zoom factor
- Whether the screen magnifier should start immediately after the Windows login .
- Whether the magnifier should be started for all users before logging on.
- Whether the colors should be reversed during enlargement.
- Whether bitmap smoothing should be activated.
- Whether the magnifying glass symbol should be reduced.
Also, in Magnifier mode, you can choose between
- Magnifying glass
- Full screen
be distinguished. The magnifying glass size can also be precisely defined.
Keyboard shortcuts for the magnifier
The most useful, however, are the tips on how to start the magnifier on Windows 10 with simple keyboard shortcuts . Here again as a summary.
|Activate screen magnifier||Windows key + “+” key|
|Deactivate screen magnifier||Windows key + ESC|
|Open Magnifier Settings||Windows key + CTRL + M|
|Enlarge||Windows key + “+” key|
|Downsize||Windows key + “-” – key|
|Zoom with the mouse wheel||Windows key + ALT + mouse wheel|
There are many more keyboard shortcuts , but these should have been the most important. You can find all the others in this settings app if you click on the “Show all keyboard shortcuts ” item.
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