Windows 7 Native Screen Magnifier Utility

The screen magnifier utility enlarges portion of the computer screen in a separate window to make it easier to see. For instance, you can change the screen resolution, which adjusts the clarity, size, and amount of things that fit on your computer monitor. You can also invert colors in the Magnifier window to increase screen legibility. Windows 7 Magnifier can enlarge up to 16 times as compared to only 9 times in Windows XP. When the tool is running, a magnifying glass icon is displayed on the desktop.

To start the tool, type Magnifier in the Start menu search text box and press enter. Magnifier can track your mouse actions, keyboard focus and text editing. There are three Magnifier modes:

Full-screen mode – In full-screen mode, your entire screen is magnified. Depending on the size of your screen and the zoom level you choose, you might not be able to see the entire screen at the same time.

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 unchanged. You can then control which area of the screen is magnified.

The magnifying glass icon indicates that the tool is running, however, you can perform any settings to the tool by clicking this icon which turns the icon into a small window as shown below:

Clicking the plus and minus toolbar buttons increases and decreases magnification by 100%, but you can change this zoom increment and other settings by clicking the Option wheel icon as shown below:

In Lens mode, (Magnifier\Views\Lens or Ctrl+Alt+L), clicking the Options button will allow you to set the width and height of the lens as shown below:


  • If you want to have Magnifier at your fingertips, you can pin it to the taskbar.
  • To exit Magnifier, press the Windows logo key +Esc.
  • Full-screen mode and lens mode are only available as part of the Aero experience. If your computer doesn’t support Aero, or if you’re not using an Aero theme, Magnifier will only work in docked mode.