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


The Magnifier on Windows 10 and 11 is a feature that helps its users quickly zoom in and out of their computer’s screen. You can use this feature to make the images, fonts, etc., bigger or smaller, suiting your preference. We can use this tool to magnify your computer screen up to 16x.

You can open the Magnifier tool using the shortcut Windows + I on your computer. Similarly, you can use Windows + Esc to exit the Magnifier Window.

However, for the cases where you usually do not use the Magnifier tool but somehow accidentally activate it, it can disrupt your work.

This risewindows article will guide you through different ways to permanently disable the Magnifier on your computer.

How to Enable or Disable Magnifier on Windows 11?

Step 1. Firstly, open the Settings app.

Step 2. Once you do that, click on Accessibility in the left side pane.

Step 3. Now, click on the Magnifier.

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

On a side note, the keyboard shortcut Windows + Ctrl + M can be used 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: Click on Ease of Access.

Settings-Ease-of-Access-1024x720Step 3: Under “Ease of Access,” select the Magnifier option.

Settings-Ease-of-Access-Magnifier-Turn-on-Magnifier-1024x718Step 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 whenever you turn your PC on, the Magnifier application automatically starts up, you can use the following steps to turn it off and stop loading up at the boot time:

Step 1: First of all, Open the Control Panel.

Step 2: Next, in the Control Panel, set “View by” to “Large icons” and then go to Ease of Access Center. Step 3: After that, from the “Explorer all settings” section, click the link to Make the computer easier to see. Step 4: Then, from the next tab, scroll down, look for the section “Make things on the screen larger,” and un-check the box beside “Turn on Magnifier.”

Step 5: Now, click on the Apply button.

Step 6: Click on the OK button.

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?

Although you might complete all the above steps, it can activate the Magnifier if you press Windows + + or Windows + shortcut keys by mistake. So, the following steps can be used to disable the Magnifier: permanently-

Step 1: Now, Open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Step 2: Once the windows open, type the following commands and press Enter from the keyboard. It 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, typeY to continue.

Step 4: Open File Explorer and browse the “C:\Windows\System32” folder.

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

Once you’re done with the above steps, the Magnifier won’t start any longer, even if you press the Windows + + or Windows +  shortcut keys.

Windows Magnifier Keyboard Shortcuts

On a side note, you should keep in mind the following shortcuts to use the Magnifier on your computer:

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

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