Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut Magnifies Your Screen Instantly

By accident I discovered a crazy keyboard short cut in Windows 7. It opens the Magnifier app and zooms in on your screen instantly.

While working on my computer today, I accidentally ran across this keyboard shortcut that will Magnify your screen instantly.

Magnify your Desktop

Press and hold the Windows key then press the plus key (+). Keep pressing the plus key to making the screen magnify even more (you can make it crazy huge). Then use the minus key (-) to zoom back out for a normal view.


After you’re done, make sure to close out of the magnifier app if you don’t need it anymore.

Close Magnify

If you’re trying to see more details on a small image, this groovy keyboard shortcut comes in handy.



  1. Ziggy

    February 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Brilliant Steve, just Brilliant! Now I can see myself on the desktop, warts and all. Just what I needed for self-confidence.

    Might change the desktop to something a little more glamourous. Mr Ed would be a starting point; then maybe followed by Uncle Fester or Morticia Adams…

    • Brian Burgess

      February 25, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Yeah, it’s awesome when you find keyboard shortcuts! This is a nice one.

  2. Jeremy

    February 27, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Also, try holding down CTRL and using your scroll wheel on your mouse.

    • Steve Krause

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Yes that works also however that’s mainly application specific. Works in the Chrome Browser for example. CTRL+0 resets it back to normal after you zoom-in or out also.

    • Lowndes

      March 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Jeremy, THANKS for the tip!! This works on Win XP, as well. I’ve been looking for this for months!!

  3. Dennis Hays

    February 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Win+Esc closes the magnifier.

    • Steve Krause

      February 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks @Dennis! I was looking for that shortcut key. Nice find. Thank you!

  4. brock

    February 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thanks very much – I use Magnifier quite a bit.

  5. herbf

    March 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    And “control + (or -)” will enlarge (or reduce) in smaller increments.

  6. Nette

    January 31, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you all! very helpful tips.

  7. Bubb Stubbley

    December 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

    That is amazing. I searched and searched for this information.
    Tons of MS help screens, and other pages, but none mention this.

    Very useful, thanks for sharing.

  8. T streettrips

    January 28, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    This is frustrating because the shortcut for subscripts is the same but won’t work because the screen just starts magnifying. advice?

    • me

      January 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

      C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools\System Tools\Accessibility\Magnify.lnk

      right-click and edit properties, remove/replace conflicting hotkey combo

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