The new Windows Magnifier is a long missed tool that should have been included in the previous versions. With larger and larger monitors get more and more popular, a tool like this becomes a must-have for many savvy users. It also makes doing presentation much more enjoyable for both presenters and audients. Microsoft finally covered that piece and killed all other similar 3rd party apps to death.
You can simply use the keyboard shortcuts to launch and close it to magnifier your entire desktop, i.e.
- Windows logo key + Plus to zoom in
- Windows logo key + Minus to zoom out, and
- Windows logo key + ESC to exit.
You can also use the Len option to only magnifiers an area around the pointer which works just like the real magnifier moving on your desktop, or select the dock mode that shows the magnified area at the top of dock area. You can switch them back and force using the keyboard shortcuts while you are still in the magnifier view.
- Ctrl + Alt + F – Full screen mode
- Ctrl + Alt + L – Len mode
- Ctrl + Alt + D – Dock mode
If you are interested more, you can watch the following video for more visualized impression how it works.
Enjoy, and happy magnifying your desktop.
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Last updated: 08/04/2014