Magnifier is one of the important tools on the Windows platform. The magnifying glass allows you to magnify items on the screen. The magnifying glass was introduced for the blind to use while running the Windows platform. It is part of the "Ease of Access Center" settings found in the "Settings" application as well as in the Control Panel.
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There are several zoom modes available. Are the following:
- Full screen mode: In full screen mode, the entire screen is enlarged. Depending on the screen size and zoom level you choose, you may not be able to see the entire screen at the same time.
- Objective mode. In objective mode, the area around the mouse pointer is enlarged. When you shake the mouse pointer, the enlarged area of the screen moves with it.
- Docked mode. In docked mode, only a small portion of the screen is maximized, leaving the rest of the desktop intact. You can then check which area of the screen is enlarged.
Note: Full screen mode and objective mode can be accessed as part of the Aero Experience. If your PC doesn't support Aero or you're not using the Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in Docked mode.
The following steps in this article will show you different methods to access Magnifier in Windows 10:
Method 1: via the start menu
Click "Start" to open the Start menu, then click "All Applications".
Find Windows "Ease of Access", open the menu and click on "Magnifier".
Method 2: via the Windows search bar
Click on the "search bar" next to the "start icon" and type "magnifying glass". Click on the first option provided.
Method 3: Run dialog box
Press “Windows Key + R” to open the Run Command dialog. Type "expand" in the command line and press Enter or press the "OK" button.
Method 4: via command prompt
Enter "cmd" in the search bar and press the Enter key. This will open the “Command Prompt” window.
Type "expand" and press the Enter key.
Method 5: via Windows PowerShell
Type “powershell” in the search box and press the Enter key. Click on the first option provided.
Type "expand" in the Windows PowerShell window and press the Enter key.
Method 6: using the Ease of Access Center
Press "Windows Key + U" to open the "Ease of Access Center" and then click "Start Magnifying Glass".
Method 7: via the Windows Settings app
Type "ease of access" into the Windows search bar and click on the first option provided. The “Ease of Access” section will open in the Windows installer application.
Move the slider to activate the Windows magnifier.