Windows Magnifier Quick Start Guide

Last updated: August 16, 2022

Microsoft Screen Magnifier is a visual magnification program distributed with Windows 7. It’s available via the Ease of Access Center in the Control Panel and allows the user to enlarge the screen for more comfortable viewing. Though this software is not intended to take the place of more fully featured magnification programs such as ZoomText, it provides adequate access for short-term use.

Starting Magnifier

  1. StepsActions
  2. Click the Start menu in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click “All Programs.”
  4. Click “Accessories.”
  5. Click “Ease of Access.”
  6. Click “Magnifier.”

Using Magnifier

Starting Magnifier opens a new window with a magnified view of the display.  Click the magnified window to bring up the Magnifier menu, and click the + and – menu buttons to increase or decrease magnification.

Quitting Magnifier

Do any of the following:

  • Press <Alt> + <F4> when Magnifier is the active application.
  • Click the X in the upper-right hand corner of the Magnifier menu.


For help and tutorials, do any of the following:

  • Click on the question mark icon in the Magnifier menu.