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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut Magnifies Your Screen Instantly

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

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


13 Responses to Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut Magnifies Your Screen Instantly

  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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