See More with Magnifier!

13 Nov

Have you ever had trouble reading small print or pictures on your computer?  If so, then let me introduce you to Magnifier.


Magnifier is a useful tool that enlarges part—or all—of your screen so you can see the words and images better.

It is built into Windows 7 and 8 and comes with a few different settings, so you can use it the way that suits you best.

Getting Started

You can open and close Magnifier quickly so it’s handy when you need it and it’s out of your way when you don’t.

To open Magnifier using a keyboard:

1. Press the Windows logo key (between Function and Alt) and “+” (plus sign).

2. Magnifier will open in Full-screen view unless you change the viewing mode (See below).

To close Magnifier:

To exit Magnifier quickly, press the Windows logo key and “Esc” key. You can also click the magnifying glass icon and then click the Close button on the Magnifier toolbar.

Viewing Options

Magnifier offers several different modes which can be changed by clicking on the “Views” button once Magnifier is activated.


  1. Full-screen. In this view, your entire screen is magnified. You probably won’t be able to see the whole screen at the same time when it’s magnified, but as you move around the screen, you can see everything. If you have a touchscreen, Magnifier will display white borders around the edge of your screen. Drag your finger or mouse along the borders to move around the screen.
  2. Lens. In this view, when you move around the screen, it’s like moving a magnifying glass around.
  3. Docked. Docked view works on the Windows desktop. In this view, a magnifier is docked to a portion of your screen. As you move around the screen, parts of the screen appear magnified in the docking area, even though the main part of the screen is unchanged.

Try them all to find out which one you prefer!

To find out more about this and other useful features, be sure to visit us in the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows on your next Holland America Line cruise.

John Roberts – ms Rotterdam


One Response to “See More with Magnifier!”

  1. Judy Samis November 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi, love this post. on magnifying. Can’t wait to get back on Holland America to learn more. We love the computer classes and of course our updates. Thank you so much.

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