On Windows 11 or 10, how do you enable or disable the magnifier?

Windows 11/10 has a Magnifier that lets you zoom in and out quickly on your computer screen. With the Windows Magnifier application, you can magnify your computer screen up to 16x its normal size to make words, images, etc., bigger. As much as you like, it can magnify your screen.

To open the Magnifier application, press the Windows + + keyboard shortcut, and to close it, press the Windows + Esc hotkey.

On your computer, you can stop the Magnifier from starting up if you don’t use it or activate it accidentally.

Learn how to permanently disable the Magnifier in Windows 11 and 10 in this growupwindows article.

How to Turn On or Off Magnifier on Windows 11?

Follow these steps to enable or disable Magnifier in Windows 11:-

Step 1. Open Windows 11 Settings.

Step 2. Then, click on Accessibility in the left side pane of Settings.

Step 3. On the right sidebar, click on Magnifier.

Step 4. When the Magnifier settings page opens, toggle On or Off Magnifier to enable or disable it.

Note: You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows + Ctrl + M to quickly open the Magnifier Settings page.

How to Enable or Disable Magnifier on Windows 10?

To turn on or off Magnifier on Windows 10, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Windows 10 Settings.

Step 2. Then, click on Ease of Access.

Step 3. Under “Ease of Access,” select the Magnifier.

Step 4. On the right sidebar, under the “Use Magnifier” section, enable or disable the toggle switch Turn on Magnifier to enable or disable this feature.

What can you do to prevent Magnifier from starting when Windows 11 or 10 starts?

Here are the steps to turn Off Magnifier and stop it from loading up every time you boot up your PC:-

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Set the “View by” to “Large icons” in Control Panel and then click on the Ease of Access Center.

Step 3. In the “Explorer all settings” section, click the link Make the computer easier to see.

Step 4. Scroll down to the section “Make things on the screen larger” and uncheck the box beside “Turn on Magnifier.”

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

The Magnifier can be enabled by repeating the above steps and checking the box “Turn on Magnifier” in step 4.

In Windows 11 or 10, how can the magnifier be permanently disabled?

It is important to note that even if you turn off Magnifier using the above methods on your Windows machine, it will still activate if you accidentally press Windows + + or Windows + . In order to permanently disable Magnifier, follow these steps:-

Step 1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Using the administrative Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one and hit Enter. This will change ownership of Magnify.exe and grant full permissions to Administrators:-

takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\Magnify.exe

cacls C:\Windows\System32\Magnify.exe /G administrators:F

Step 3. When prompted, type Y to continue.

Step 4. Now, open File Explorer and go navigate the “C:\Windows\System32” folder.

Step 5. Rename the Magnify.exe file to Magnify.exe.bak.

Following these steps, the Magnifier application will no longer start, even if you press Windows + + or Windows + keyboard shortcut.

Windows Magnifier Keyboard Shortcuts

To use Magnifier quickly on your PC, remember these shortcut keys:-

  • Windows + +: Turn on Magnifier.
  • Windows + Esc: Turn off Magnifier.
  • Windows + +: Zoom in on PC.
  • Windows + –: Zoom out on PC.
  • Windows + Ctrl + M: Open Magnifier settings.
  • Ctrl + Alt + F: Switch to the full-screen view.
  • Ctrl + Alt + D: Switch to the dock view.
  • Ctrl + Alt + L: Switch to the lens view.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Mouse scroll wheel: Zoom in / out on the PC using the mouse scroll wheel.

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