Interesting Magnifier in Windows 7

This is not an Excel tip…

One day I intended to press Alt+= (which is the shortcut for Auto Sum), but I wrongly press Windows+=, and something interesting pop up…

Excel Tips - Magnifer

Instead of an auto sum formula I expected, I saw a rectangular magnifier moving with my mouse.  Basically, wherever I moved my mouse, the magnifier followed and gave me a magnified view of the area underneath.

When I clicked the Magnifier icon on the screen, or on the task bar, the Magnifier Menu Bar was opened.  See below:

Excel Tips - Magnifer 1

With the Menu Bar, I could further zoom in or zoom out; change some settings to the views and play around with different options available.  Frankly I just wanted to zoom in/out:

  • To zoom in, press Windows+=
  • To zoom out, press Windows+

Closing the Magnifier is a little tricky.  I need to open the Magnifier Menu Bar first and then click the X on the upper right corner, like what we do for closing a Window.  It sounds simple enough but not really with the Magnifier floating on the screen.  Try it out.

Fortunately, we may close the Magnifier simply by pressing Windows+Esc


Window Key This is the Windows Key, located between Ctrl and Alt.

I found this little tool in Windows 7.  Not sure if it is available in other versions of Windows.

Practical use?!

A true story from a friend. (Yes, this is a typical description of someone else in story telling.)  A colleague of her  was doing a PowerPoint presentation, there was a tiny table on a slide that most audiences could not read clearly.  After a while, a volunteer stepped forward and did something quickly on her PC. All a sudden, a magnifier appeared on screen, without interrupting the slideshow. Everyone in the room just WOW.  ~_~

Actually I found the story a bit amusing (why she put a tiny table that no one can read on a slide at the beginning… poor visualization skill I guess).  Nevertheless I do appreciate the thoughtfulness of programmers who take care of the potential needs of people with visual difficulty.🙂

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