The Magnifier is one of many accessibility tools present in Windows 11. The Magnifier allows you to zoom into any part of your screen. This can be very useful while reading documents with small fonts or while editing an image etc. Whatever the use case may be, this feature can be very handy.
If want to use this feature to its full potential then this guide has you covered. This guide will show you how you can easily launch the magnifier and also how you can change its zoom levels as well as its increment levels.
How to Launch the Magnifier
The Magnifier in Windows 11 can be launched by either pressing the Shortcut for it or by visiting the Settings menu.
The Shortcut to launch the Magnifier is Windows++. Once you press these two buttons on your keyboard, the magnifier overlay will appear. From there, you can increase or decrease the zoom level by clicking on the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ from the overlay.
Alternatively, you can open up the magnifier overlay from the Settings menu. To do that, open up the Settings menu by searching for it in Windows search.
On the Settings window, click on ‘Accessibility’ from the left panel and then select ‘Magnifier’ from the right panel.
After that, you will see the toggle to enable or disable the Magnifier. Once you set the toggle to ‘On’, the magnifier overlay will appear.
Change Magnifier Zoom Level Using the Settings Menu
First, open up the Settings menu by searching for it in Windows search or by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard.
On the Settings window, click on ‘Accessibility’ from the left panel and then select ‘Magnifier’ from the right window.
After the Magnifier menu opens, you will see a toggle to turn the Magnifier On or Off. You will also see the ‘Zoom level’ option which will show a percentage that represents the zoom amount. There will also be a ‘+’ and a ‘-‘ button that can be used to increase or decrease the zoom level.
Below the Zoom level setting, there will be another option with a dropdown menu called ‘Zoom increment’. This will determine how much the zoom level will increase when you click on the ‘+’ button in the Zoom Level setting.
By default, it is set to 100%. This means, when you click on ‘+’, the zoom level will be 300%. You can use the dropdown menu to increase or decrease the increment value according to your preferences.
Change Magnifier Zoom Level Using the Registry Editor
The Registry Editor can be used to change the Magnifier Zoom level. To open the registry editor, type ‘Registry Editor’ in the Start Menu search and select the application from the search results.
Once the Registry Editor window appears, copy & paste the following text inside the address bar and press Enter.
Now, on the right panel, you will see two strings labeled as ‘Magnification’ and ‘ZoomIncrement’. The ‘Magnification’ string represents the Zoom level setting and the ‘ZoomIncrement’ string represents the Zoom increment setting from the Settings menu.
You can change the values of these two strings to change the zoom level or the zoom increment level. To change the values in any of these, double click on the string, and a small window will appear.
On the small window, select ‘Decimal’ under ‘Base’ and then you can change the value data which will change the percentage value of zoom level or increment level depending on which string you choose.
Keep the values similar to 50,100, 200, or 400, otherwise, you might experience magnification errors.