How to zoom on Windows

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Zooming in on something for a better view on a Windows PC is easier than you might think. In fact, you don’t have to look for a magnifying glass icon. In this guide, we’ll show you how to zoom in and out on your Windows PC screen with a few simple keyboard shortcuts, display settings, and a few quick steps to use Magnifier, a native Windows app that magnifies your screen. .

How to Zoom in Windows: Using Display Settings

If you want to zoom in or make all of your apps and the desktop larger at once, you can try adjusting your display settings. Here’s how:

Screenshot of Windows 10 desktop menu showing how to access display settings.
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Step 1: Right click on the desktop background itself. In the menu that appears, select Display settings.

2nd step: Under the header Scale and layout, select the drop-down menu under the sentence Change the size of text, apps, and other items.

Screenshot of the Windows 10 Settings app showing how to magnify a screen.
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Step 3: From the drop-down menu that appears, select 125%. The size change should be immediate, although Windows warns that some applications may not reflect the changes “until you close and reopen them.”

Step 4: You can also enter your own custom scaling size if you select Advanced scaling settings instead of the drop-down menu, but you will need to log out of your PC and log back in for the custom size to take effect or if you want to turn off the custom size as well.

How to magnify screens: Using keyboard shortcuts

Some apps like web browsers, the Photos app, or Microsoft Teams will allow you to use a few keyboard shortcuts to zoom in, zoom out, or even reset the zoom level (usually to 100%). These shortcuts may not work on all apps, and when we tested them, we found that they don’t really work on the Windows desktop itself. But in these situations, you should be able to simply adjust your display settings (as we described above in the previous section) or use the Magnifier app (as we describe below, in the next section). this one). Here are the keyboard shortcuts you should know:

Zoom in: Ctrl + the Plus / equal sign key

Zoom out: Ctrl + the Hyphen / underscore (which is directly to the left of the Plus / Equal Sign button)

Resetting the zoom level: Ctrl + 0 (the zero key)

How to magnify screens: using the magnifying glass

The Magnifier app allows you to have a little more flexibility with the way you zoom in on your Windows PC screen. With Magnifier, you can magnify your entire screen or only part of it. Here’s how to make it work and how to change its display options.

How to run the Magnifier

You can start the Magnifier app in three ways: either with a keyboard shortcut, by searching for the app in the desktop search box, or by clicking on your Windows 10 Settings app.

Keyboard shortcuts

The keyboard shortcut to start Magnifier is Windows key + the Plus / equal sign key. When you want to turn off the magnifying glass, you can just use the Windows key + Esc.

Using the desktop search box

You can also open the Magnifier app through the desktop search box. Simply type the word “Magnifying Glass” into the search box to the right of the Start menu button. Then select the app when it appears in the search results that appear. To turn it off, simply select the X in the application toolbar.

Using the Settings app

If you don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts, you can also click on the Settings app to turn it on. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to the Settings app. Select the Start button then click on the Settings app gear icon.

2nd step: To select Access facility.

Screenshot of the Windows 10 Settings app showing how to access the Ease of Access settings option.
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Step 3: In the left menu, select Magnifying glass.

Screenshot of the Windows 10 Settings app showing how to enable Magnifier through the Settings app.
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Step 4: Under the sentence Activate the magnifying glass, place the toggle button on the At position. Press the toggle button again if you want to turn it off.

How to change your display options

The magnifier has three display modes: full screen, docked, and lens. “Docked” means that the application will run in a stand-alone window. Goal mode is just when the app is running as a goal that follows your mouse pointer. To select a mode, you will use a keyboard shortcut that corresponds to it:

For moored: Ctrl + Alt + D

For full screen: Ctrl + Alt + F

For the objective: Ctrl + Alt + THE

If you’re still not sure which one you want to use and want to preview them a bit, you can scroll through them using this shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + M.

Need to know how to zoom on a non-Windows PC? Be sure to check out our guide on how to zoom on a Mac.

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