Using the Magnifier in Windows 7

A really nice feature of Windows 7 is the Magnifier. The Magnifier enlarges different parts of the screen. This is especially useful for viewing objects that are difficult to see, but also for seeing the whole screen more easily. The magnifier can run in three separate modes. These are:

· Full-screen mode. In full-screen mode, your entire screen is magnified. You can then have Magnifier follow the mouse pointer

· Lens mode. In lens mode, the area around the mouse pointer is magnified. When you move the mouse pointer, the area of the screen that's magnified moves along with it

· Docked mode. In docked mode, only a portion of the screen is magnified, leaving the rest of your desktop in a normal state. You can then control which area of the screen is magnified

The mode I want to show you today is full-screen mode. This is great if you’re doing presentations, such as showing code at .NET User Groups. To zoom in on your current screen, Win + key combination. That will zoom in 200%.


If you hit the Win + key again you’ll zoom in another 100%. Win – reduces the zoom by 100%. The magnifier by default will follow the mouse around. This is a real handy feature I’ve used when presenting code to folks and making sure everyone can see exactly what I’m doing.

About The Author

Malcolm Sheridan is a Microsoft awarded MVP in ASP.NET and regular presenter at conferences and user groups throughout Australia. Being an ASP.NET Insider, his focus is on web technologies and has been for the past 10 years. He loves working with ASP.NET MVC these days and also loves getting his hands dirty with JavaScript. He also blogs regularly at Follow him on twitter @malcolmsheridan

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