Windows 7 to Include Free Improved Magnifier

January 6th, 2009

Great news for visually impaired computer users. The basic Windows Magnifier utility that has been knocking around since Windows 95 has finally been ditched for something significantly more practical.

The new version due to ship free with Windows 7 allows full-screen magnification and a moving lens. It is operated simply by holding Windows Key and pressing plus/minus. It supports zoom increments of 25% and will magnify up to 1600%. The program doesn’t smooth text as well as Zoomtext, Lunar and the other commerical programs but doesn’t do a bad job.

See for yourself in this video of the Windows 7 magnifier in action:

A higher quality version of this video is available on the video’s youtube page.

Don’t forget my main website contains lots of information about making Windows XP accessible for people with low vision.

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  • 1. Magnificent Magnification&hellip  |  August 2nd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    [...] Please note that the example used here is the Windows XP magnifier (as I believe that this is version of Windows currently most “in play”), but the latest version bundled with Windows 7 is more or less an extension of the XP version with some additional tweaks and some of the Virtual Magnifying Glass and ZoomIT application features included.  For specific details about the Windows 7 magnifier take a look at the BLTT post about it. [...]

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