Tutorial: Windows 10 Magnifier 

Magnifier is a part of the Windows 10 Ease of Access group of features that are designed to make Windows easier to access for everyone.

Magnifier has come a long way over the years and the latest implementation in Windows 10 has some very useful features.

Let’s take a look.

Starting Magnifier

There are several ways of starting Magnifier in Windows 10.

Start Via the Start menu:

  1. Press the WINDOWS key to open the Start menu
  2. Type Magnifier and press ENTER

Start Via Keyboard Shortcut:

  1. Press WINDOWS+PLUS

Start Via the Ease of Access Dialogue Box:

  1. Press WINDOWS+U
  2. On the left hand side of the Ease of Access dialogue box, choose Magnifier
  3. On the right hand side – choose ‘On’ for Magnifier
  4. You also have other options here for Invert Colours, Tracking and whether the Magnifier starts at login.
  5. Once finished, press ALT+F4 or click on the X in the top right corner to close this dialogue box.

Magnifier Keyboard Shortcuts 

  • Use WINDOWS+PLUS to enable the Magnifier
  • WINDOWS+PLUS and WINDOWS+MINUS will increase and decrease magnification respectively
  • WINDOWS+ESCAPE closes the Magnifier
  • CTRL+ALT+I Inverts the colours
  • CTRL+ALT+F makes magnification full screen
  • CTRL+ALT+L gives you a lens

If you like inverted colours without any magnification – then just do the following:

  1. Press WINDOWS+PLUS to turn on the Magnifier
  2. Press WINDOWS+MINUS to reduce the zoom level so there is no magnification.
  3. Press CTRL+ALT+I to turn Invert Colours on.
  4. Then all you need to do from here is press WINDOWS+PLUS to turn on invert colours and WINDOWS+ESCAPE to turn it off. What you are actually doing is turning the Magnifier on and off.

Settings

To adjust the Magnifier’s settings:

  1. Click on the Gear icon on the Magnifier’s control panel
  2. Select the settings you want.
  3. Click on the X or Done to close the dialogue box.

The Magnifier is a very power utility that can really help to make Windows more user friendly without having to install third party software.