Magnifying the whole screen

Screen magnifiers make everything on screen bigger. You can increase the size of menus, buttons, text and images.

Built in magnification programmes

Built in screen magnification programmes come free with your computer. If you use Windows or Mac OSX you can make everything on your screen bigger.


Windows Magnifier lets you choose your level of magnification, invert colours for easier reading, track keyboard or mouse movement (or both), and set magnification to start automatically when you turn on your computer.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

Windows magnifier

  1. Click the Start button, or press the Windows key.
  2. Type Magnifier, then press the Enter key.

If you use Windows you can find more information on the Microsoft website:


Mac OSX Zoom lets you choose your magnification level, set minimum and maximum levels, and track the cursor or keep it in the centre of your view.

The seeing pane on the univeral access preferences.

  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock or through the Apple icon.
  2. Open the Universal Access pane.
  3. Select the Seeing tab.

If you use Mac OSX you can find more information on the Apple website.

Third party magnification programmes

Third party screen magnification programme s can be purchased and installed on your computer. They often have more features than vuilt in screen magnification programmes.


If you use Windows there are several popular screen magnification programmes to choose from, here are some suggestions.

Screenshot of Zoomtext

Screenshot from the Zoomtext screen magnifier.


We are not aware of any third party screen magnification programmes for Mac OSX.