Monthly Archives: November 2013

Magnifier – Windows 8

Sometimes you can change the size of things on your screen by changing the screen resolution: On the Start screen, type screen resolution. When the search panel appears, click on Change the screen resolution, and if your device allows you, you can change the settings.  This doesn’t always help though when you open an application that is not affected by changes to the screen resolution, and the text can still be very small and hard to read.

In cases like this, sometimes holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling with the center wheel of the mouse (if you use one)  will zoom in or out, allowing you to see things better.  If this doesn’t work, you can turn on Magnifier.

On the Start screen type magnifier.  When the search panel appearsclick on Turn magnifier on or off.  When the Settings window opens, click on the slider under Magnifier to turn the Magnifier on.

Everything will now be bigger!

Click on the Magnifying glass symbol to change the settings, or click on the red X to close.

If you want to pin this application to Start for easy access, on the Start screen, type magnifier.  When the search panel appears, press and hold Magnifier, and then tap Pin to Start. If you are using a mouse, right click Magnifier and then click Pin to Start.

You can also get to Magnifier by going to the Control Panel, and then choose Ease of Access, and then choose Ease of Access Center.  There are other features there that may be useful.

Magnifier – Windows 7

You can change the size of things on your screen by changing the screen resolution ( see Screen appearance – make things bigger/smaller for how to do this).  This doesn’t always help though when you open an application, like Skype for instance, and the list of contacts down the left is in a very small font and quite hard to read (and is not affected by the screen resolution change).

In cases like this, sometimes holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling with the center wheel of the mouse will zoom in or out, allowing you to see things better.  If this doesn’t work, you can turn on Magnifier.

Click on the Start button/logo at the bottom of the screen; type magnifier into the search box, and then choose Turn magnifier on or off.  This will open a new window – Click on Start Magnifier.  A window opens which shows you a magnified image of where your mouse cursor is, so by moving your mouse over a section of the screen, you get to see a magnified image.

If you want to pin this application to the start bar for easy access, right click with the mouse on the magnify symbol in the task bar and click on Pin this program to task bar.

To close the magnifier, click on the X in the top right of the magnifier window.

You can also get to Magnifier by going to the Control Panel, and then choose Ease of Access, and then choose Ease of Access Center.  There are other features there that may be useful.