Windows 10: Magnifier Solved

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  1.    09 Feb 2017 #1

    Magnifier


    Hi,

    when I switched from Win 7 to Win 10 I noticed that in order to magnify with a built-in magnifier I need to press Win + plus key twice: the first time to make this app run and the second time to magnify. Under Win 7 I only had to press once to enlarge the fonts to a desired (i.e. previously used) rate.

    Is it possible to change its behaviour and revert it to what it was like in Windows 7?
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  2. Posts : 3,701
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Feb 2017 #2

    I don't routinely use Magnifier, but trying it out it works for me as you would wish - it opens at the magnification I previously used (whether as a Lens, Docked or Full screen). It should work that way for you too.

    Try clicking on the >> in the middle of the transparent magnifier icon that is shown somewhere on your screen to open the app's window. Then use its +/- buttons to set the zoom then close the Magnifier. You could also try switching its Views settings a few times. This may make it save its settings properly and remember your preferred settings.
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  3.    15 Feb 2017 #3

    Bree, I do appreciate your suggestions, thank you.

    Just one more question: do you have to press Win + plus key twice to let the magnifier do its job? I was accustomed for many years to click only one time under Win 7 and now each time I have to press the Win and plus key combination twice I go bonkers.
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  4. Posts : 3,701
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Feb 2017 #4

    No, just one press needed. It then opens at the 'Views' setting (currently 'Lens') and magnification (currently 200%) that it was using the last time I closed it.

    Behave this way on two PCs, one is x64 W10 Home, the other x86 W10 Pro.

    Do you use any other accessibility options, or any 3rd-party accessibility tools? Maybe some keyboard accessibility setting is causing this behaviour?
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  5.    15 Feb 2017 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    Behave this way on two PCs, one is x64 W10 Home, the other x86 W10 Pro
    A couple of weeks ago I posted a question on tenforums about making print screens (I make more or less 100 of them every day, that's why it was so important to me) because instead of Alt + PrintScreen (in order to capture an active window, i.e. without taskbar and Menus) I need to press Win + PrintScreen (which captures the whole screen). It was the first sign to me that something goes wrong with my machine. And now a similar problem with Magnifier.

    Bree said: View Post
    Do you use any other accessibility options, or any 3rd-party accessibility tools? Maybe some keyboard accessibility setting is causing this behaviour?
    I use this version of Windows:

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    if it helps. Really sorry, but my English is not so good and I don't understand what accessibility options/tools/settings are. Due to the failing eyesight I increased the size of "text, apps and other items" to 175% and the only application that could alter the normal behavior of my PC is AutoSizer, which I've been using for at least 5 years now.

    PS
    I've just changed my keyboard (PS2 to USB) but to no avail.
    Last edited by Win10Pro; 15 Feb 2017 at 16:18.
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  6. Posts : 3,701
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       16 Feb 2017 #6

    You have me stumped, I cannot get my PC to behave as yours does. A few thoughts on other things you could look at.

    Does the Win key work with one press for the other things it can do? For example, if you use WinKey + R does the 'Run' box appear immediately, or WinKey + S for Search?

    Have you got any Hot Keys set up that may be causing a conflict? This utility from Nirsoft can list all your hot keys.
    HotKeysList - View registered hot keys on Windows

    How many keyboard languages do you have? Does it need two presses in all your keyboard languages? Some keyboards like the 'US-International' do have a 'press twice' effect for some keys - like the " or ' key which can be used to create accents like or .

    Do you have another user account on this PC? If so, does it behave the same way for all users?
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  7.    16 Feb 2017 #7

    Does the Win key work with one press for the other things it can do?

    Yes, it does. The ONLY problem is with Win + plus/minus key (numeric or above - and = keys) and with PrintScreen (I have to press Win + PrintScreen instead of PrintScreen / Alt + PrintScreen only). Other than that my computer works fine since August 2015.

    Have you got any Hot Keys set up that may be causing a conflict?

    No, I haven't.

    Thank you for the Nirsoft utility. That's what it shows:

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    How many keyboard languages do you have? Does it need two presses in all your keyboard languages?

    Just one (i.e. Polish) and I never used any other in order to avoid accidental typography errors:

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    For Polish diacritical marks I use right Alt and a relevant letter (a, e, l, o, z).

    Do you have another user account on this PC?
    No. Just one.

    One more thing: when I press Win + plus/minus key the Magnifier tool appears on the screen. In order to magnify I need to: press + / - on the Magnifier tool or press Win plus +/- on the keyboard, but the Magnifier stays on the screen so I have to Minimize it to the Taskbar - do you also have to click on the "-" sign of the Magnifier tool to Minimize it or does it disappear from the screen and runs in the background?

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       16 Feb 2017 #8

    Win10Pro said: View Post
    ...do you also have to click on the "-" sign of the Magnifier tool to Minimize it or does it disappear from the screen and runs in the background?
    No, when I press WinKey and + it appears on the screen as yours does, but after about ten seconds it fades away to leave a semi-transparent magnifying glass icon in its place. I can click on the magnifying glass to restore it, or on its icon in the taskbar.

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  9.    16 Feb 2017 #9

    Bree said: View Post
    No, when I press WinKey and + it appears on the screen as yours does, but after about ten seconds it fades away to leave a semi-transparent magnifying glass icon in its place. I can click on the magnifying glass to restore it, or on its icon in the taskbar.

    Again, Bree, many thanks.
    I'm nowhere near the end of this puzzle. I'll keep searching hoping that one day I'll be able to scream: Heureka!
    Last edited by Win10Pro; 18 Feb 2017 at 02:39.
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  10.    17 Feb 2017 #10

    Here is the Registry path to Magnifier: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ ScreenMagnifier. Can you check your settings and tell me if yours are identical (Zoomincrement may be different in your case)?

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    By the way it's a nice place to tune it in.
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