How to Automatically Start Magnifier in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to automatically start Magnifier before or after they sign into Windows. Windows comes with a Magnifier that makes part or all of your screen bigger so you can see words and images better.

Similar to magnifying glass, Magnifier app in Windows is used to produce a magnified image of an object on one’s screen so they can see and read better. This is useful for people with poor vision or have difficulties seeing objects on their computer screen.

If you know a computer will often be used by people with low vision, it may be helpful to have Magnifier turn on automatically.  

If you are using a mouse, select   Start  > Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier. Select Magnifier, and then select or unselect the  Start Magnifier after sign-in and Start Magnifier before sign-in checkboxes according to your preferences. 

If you are using Narrator and a keyboard:  

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + Ctrl M  to open the Magnifier settings view.
  2. Press the Tab key until you hear: “Magnifier, toggle switch.” Press the Tab key once. You hear: “Show all settings.” Press Enter, and then press the Tab key until you hear “Start Magnifier after sign-in” or “Start Magnifier before sign in,” followed by “unchecked” or “checked.”
  3. Press  Spacebar to turn the selected option on or off.

How to auto start Magnifier in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Magnifier makes part or all of your screen bigger so you can see words and images better.

It’s easy to automatically start Magnifier in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility, and select Magnifier on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Accessibility > Magnifier settings pane, toggle the switch to On or Off to enable or disable Magnifier in Windows.

Then under the Magnifier tile, expand to open and check the boxes to Start Magnifier before sign-in or after sign-in, or both.

  • Start Magnifier before sign-in
  • Start Magnifier after sign-in

You can close Windows Settings app.

Related post:

How to turn on or off Magnifier in Windows 11


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