How To Create A Magnifier Desktop Item – Windows 10( 'Takes about 3 minutes to read. )

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ani.Smiley(s), computer - typing 01Windows 10 has made using your computer yet easier still – But despite all the advances, it’s not that easy for someone who’s visually impaired to get Windows10’s on-screen magnifier working. –

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You may belong to the group of 1 person in 4 who gets very little if any trouble with their eyes, but even if this is the case your vision isn’t going to be as good as it was the day you were born throughout your entire life.

magnifier - Windows 10 enquiryWith the last similarly-styled operating system; Windows 7, someone with bad eyesight had to be able to see and discern the small round Windows logo (Start) button. in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen by default, click it using a standard mouse pointer, type the word “magnifier” into the search-bar, see the small writing saying “Turn Magnifier on or off, click it, and be taken to the Ease of Access Center. At the Ease of Access Center the Windows 7 computer eventually stared to talk to you, and highlights four links as an electronic voice reads them out.

In Windows 10 the process is a lot easier. – But it’s still a good idea – particularly if you or another user of the PC are partially-sighted or visually-impaired – to create a desktop icon  to use to take you or them straight there.

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The following demonstrates how to
create the icon on the desktop.

The procedure isn’t exactly rocket science:

Right-click an empty area of the Windows 10 desktop and hover your cursor over “New”. In the list that appears, select “Shortcut” by clicking on it.


  • In the text-input line below where it says “Type the location of the item:” Enter “Magnify”. (Without the inverted commas.)

  • Press return on your keyboard.


  • In the following text-input bar, below the words “Type a name for this shortcut”, ignore the highlighted “Magnify.exe” and type “Magnifier”. (Without the inverted commas.) : –

  • Press return on your keyboard

The Magnifier icon you'll create

You’ll now see that you have a brand new icon on your desktop with a picture, the contents of which include a screen with a magnifying glass in front of it, marked “Magnifier”.


All that a visually-impaired person has to do now is to click that icon and the magnifier will instantly appear, as if by magic.

(Yes; the illustration came from an earlier article I wrote about accomplishing the same thing in Windows 7, and was created from the display of a Windows 7-powered machine… But it looks exactly the same in Windows 10.)


The elusive magnifier feature is now instantly available to you or a partially-sighted person with just a click.

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