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Tips and Tricks Using Windows 7 Magnifier

Tips and Tricks Using Windows 7 Magnifier

There is a helper tool in Windows 7 that we may rarely or never use. The tool is a magnifier or other terms a magnifying glass. What is the magnifying glass in Windows for? Maybe that's one of the basic questions that come to mind when you hear there is a magnifying glass in Windows systems. For that, let's review tips and tricks for using the magnifier or magnifying glass in Windows 7 in this edition.


Getting to know the Magnifier

Magnifier is a useful tool to improve accessibility to Windows itself. This tool is useful for adjusting the magnification of the Windows area, either in whole or in certain parts. The point is that we can see or clarify parts that are difficult to see by zooming in on the view.

This magnifier can also be used during presentations as a tool to clarify certain parts being presented. In addition, this part of the Easy of Access Center also does not interfere with the display when activated because it is only an icon with transparent magnifying glass.


Using Magnifier

Magnifier can be accessed in two ways, firstly by simply typing magnifier in the Start Menu search box, or through Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Easy of Access Center > Start Magnifier. After that, a transparent magnifying glass icon will appear in the middle of Windows which indicates the magnifier is active.

If we hover over the icon and click on it, it will turn into a small window that has several settings related to the magnifier. With this window, we will control the magnifier.

By using the + and – buttons on the toolbar window, we can adjust the screen magnification according to the direction of the pointer being moved. Press the + button to increase the zoom level and press the – button to decrease the zoom level.


There are 3 zoom modes available in the magnifier feature.

  * Full-Screen Mode: This mode will zoom in on the entire screen. The higher the magnification value, then it is possible that there are some parts of the desktop that are not visible but can still be seen by pointing the pointer to the intended place. 

  * Docked Mode: In this mode, a dock will appear above our screen, and zooming is only done on certain areas and not other areas. That way we can control which areas are zoomed in. 

  * Lens Mode: This mode uses area magnification only in the area pointed to by the pointer. So where the mouse pointer moves, the area it points to will appear on the zoom screen. Lens 

We can select these modes via the Views button on the window magnifier.


Magnifier Additional Settings

There are additional settings that we can access on the magnifier. This setting provides the facility to configure the magnifier when the magnifier is activated. Click the wheel icon to open the magnifier options.

In Magnifier Options, there is a slider that functions as an increment value setting or adding value to the zoom level. If we set the value to 50, then the increase in magnification will be done by 50%.

If at any time we need high-contrast on the screen display, put a checkmark in the Turn on color inversion section to activate it. Its purpose is to highlight objects on the screen by increasing their contrast so that they are easier to see.

We can see information and other instructions regarding using the Magnifier on the instructions page by pressing the F1 button or the help button that has been provided.


Magnifier is one of the most useful features in Windows, it's just that many users may not be aware of its presence or may even consider it useless. So take advantage of the magnifier device as a tool to support our work, especially if to explain something through a computer screen.

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