Magic Glass and Dragnifier: Put your OS under the Magnifying Glass
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jan 2009
If you want to control your mouse with your head, you do not have to be physically impaired to do so. Going by that reasoning, you do not have to be visually challenged to use software applications that act as a virtual magnifying glass. The simple truth of the matter is that putting your Windows-based operating system under the magnifying glass will certainly prove to be useful, especially when you are so tired that you can’t figure out what is being displayed on the screen.

Microsoft has already loaded the Windows OS with a magnifying glass feature, but the thing is that it is rather difficult to use it. Do not take my word for it, just test it for yourself. There are two simple methods to access the magnifier feature: Start-> Programs -> Accessories -> Accessibility -> Magnifier; or if you are the kind of person that would rather use a keyboard shortcut, just hit Start -> Run and type in “magnify”. If you are currently using Windows 7 Beta 1, putting the Run command back in the Start menu will take some tinkering.


Magical Glass functions in a more natural way than the Windows Magnifier in that it magnifies the area around the cursor, making for a more enjoyable user experience. The other great thing about this free piece of software is that it makes the most of keyboard hotkeys. To enable or disable the application, all you have to do is press Ctrl + Alt +Q; to access features like zooming in/out, increase and decrease the size of the magnified part of the screen, or increase/decrease the brightness, you can do so by hitting the numbered keys from the num pad.

Dragnifier is just as simple to use: just click the Dragnifier icon and then move your cursor over the part of the desktop that needs magnifying. There are also keyboard shortcuts, on top of zoom power levels and an on-screen pixel measuring grid. Dragnifier is also portable. Since it does not require an installation, you can always put it on a mobile storage device and take it with you.

If you would like to get Magic Glass, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Dragnifier 2.5, a download location is available here.

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