Magnify a screen area

Magnifying the screen is different than just enlarging the text size. This feature is like having a magnifying glass, allowing you to move around by zooming in on parts of the screen.

  1. Type "Settings" into the global search bar on your desktop. Click on the resulting Settings icon, or press Enter, to open.

  2. Click on Universal Access.

  3. Press on Zoom in the Seeing section.

  4. Switch Zoom to On.

You can now move around the screen area. By moving your mouse to the edges of the screen, you will move the magnified area in different directions, allowing you to view your area of choice.

You can quickly turn zoom on and off by clicking the accessibility icon on the task bar and selecting Zoom.

You can change the magnification factor, the mouse tracking, and the position of the magnified view on the screen. Adjust these in the Magnifier tab of the Zoom settings window.

You can activate crosshairs to help you find the mouse or touchpad pointer. To switch them on and adjust their length, color, and thickness, go to Crosshairs in the Crosshairs tab of the Zoom settings window.

You can switch to inverse video or White on black, and adjust brightness, contrast and greyscale options for the magnifier. The combination of these options is useful for people with low-vision, any degree of photophobia, or just for using the computer under adverse lighting conditions. Select the Color Effects tab in the Zoom settings window to enable and change these options.