How to Enable or Disable Magnifier in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable Magnifier in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux 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 feature in Ubuntu Linux 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, allowing them to move around by zooming in on parts of the screen.

There are many settings one can use with Magnifier in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can change the magnification factor, the mouse tracking, and the position of the magnified view on the screen.

Below is how to turn on or off magnifier in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn on or off Magnifier in Ubuntu Linux

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

It’s easy to enable and disable in Ubuntu Linux.

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

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Seeing, select Zoom tile to expand.

On Zoom Options window, toggle the Zoom switch to the On position to turn on magnifier. Your changes should apply immediately.

To disable, toggle the switch back to the Off position.

You can activate crosshairs to help you find the mouse or touchpad pointer. Switch them on and adjust their length, color, and thickness in the Crosshairs tab of the Zoom settings window.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to enable or disable magnifier in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.