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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Magnifier

Magnifier puts a floating magnifying-glass icon on your screen (Figure 11-4, top left). When you click it, you get the Magnifier toolbar (top right).

Magnifier enlarges whatever part of the screen your cursor is touching. In Lens or Docked modes, note that you can adjust the size of the magnified area by dragging its edge. In Docked mode, you can also tear the pane away from the edge of the screen so it becomes a floating window; just drag anywhere inside it.

Figure 11-4. Magnifier enlarges whatever part of the screen your cursor is touching. In Lens or Docked modes, note that you can adjust the size of the magnified area by dragging its edge. In Docked mode, you can also tear the pane away from the edge of the screen so it becomes a floating window; just drag anywhere inside it.

Magnifier creates various magnification effects—great when your eyes are tired or old, or when you’re trying to study something whose font is just too dang small.

Using the View menu, you can choose “Full screen” (the entire screen image grows when you click the button), “Lens” (you get a floating magnification inset that follows your cursor, as shown at bottom in Figure 11-4), or “Docked” (the top strip of the screen is one giant magnification inset; the rest of the screen is normal size).

In each case, the magnified area scrolls as you move your cursor, tab through a dialog box, or type, enlarging whatever part of the screen contains the action. Using the Magnifier Settings dialog box (click the in the toolbar), ...

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