How to Enable or Disable Magnifier on Windows 11 or 10?

Magnifier is a built-in Windows 11/10 application that allows you quickly zoom in and out of your computer screen. You can use the Windows Magnifier application to zoom in part or all of your computer screen to make words, images, etc., bigger to see them more clearly. Using this, you can magnify the screen up to 16x times its standard size.

By pressing the Windows + + keyboard shortcuts, you can immediately open the Magnifier application, and to exit it, you need to press the Windows + Esc hotkey.

If you don’t use the Magnifier or accidentally activate it, which disrupts your work, you can stop it from starting up on your computer.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you with different ways to disable the Magnifier permanently in Windows 11 and 10.

How to Enable or Disable Magnifier on Windows 11?

To turn on or off Magnifier in Windows 11, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Click on Accessibility in the left side pane of Settings.

Step 3. On the right sidebar of Accessibility, 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 Turn On or Off Magnifier on Windows 10?

To enable or disable Magnifier on Windows 10, use the steps:-

Step 1. Open Windows Settings.

Step 2. Then, click on Ease of Access.

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

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

How to Stop Magnifier Start Up when Windows 11 or 10 Starts?

If the Magnifier application automatically starts up every time you turn on your PC, you can use these steps to turn it off and stop loading up at the boot time:-

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. When Control Panel opens, set “View by” to “Large icons” and then click on Ease of Access Center.

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

Step 4. In the following screen, scroll down until you find the section “Make things on the screen larger” and uncheck the box beside “Turn on Magnifier.”

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

To enable Magnifier, repeat the above steps, and in step 4 above, check the box “Turn on Magnifier.”

How to Permanently Disable Windows 11 or 10 Magnifier?

Even if you’ve turned off Magnifier using the above methods on your Windows machines, the Magnifier will be activated if you press Windows + + or Windows + shortcut keys by mistake. So, to permanently disable Magnifier, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Step 2. In the administrative Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one and hit the Enter key on the keyboard. This will change the ownership of the Magnify.exe app 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 browse the “C:\Windows\System32” folder.

Step 5. Right-click on the Magnify.exe file and rename it to Magnify.exe.bak.

Once you complete the above steps, the Magnifier application will not start any longer, even if you press the Windows + + or Windows +  shortcut keys.

Windows Magnifier Keyboard Shortcuts

If you use Magnifier on your PC, you should remember the following shortcut keys to use it quickly:-

  • 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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