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Add Magnifier Context Menu in Windows 10

How to Add Magnifier Context Menu in Windows 10

Magnifier is an accessibility tool bundled with Windows 10. When enabled, Magnifier makes part or all of your screen bigger so you can see words and images better. For faster access to Magnifier options and features, you can add a context menu to the Desktop.

Every modern Windows version comes with accessibility options. They are included so people with impaired vision, hearing, speech or other challenges find it easier to work with Windows. Accessibility features improve with every release.

Magnifier is one of the classic accessibility tools that allows you to temporarily enlarge a portion of the screen in Windows 10. Formerly known as Microsoft Magnifier, it creates a bar at the top of the screen that greatly magnifies where the mouse pointer is.

In Windows 10, you can use different methods to start and stop Magnifier. Also, you can start it automatically before you sign in to your user account.

Magnifier Context Menu

If you prefer context menus, you can add Magnifier to the context menu of the Desktop. Do it as follows. Using the context menu, you can directly start Magnifier with a specific view activated, or open its settings. It including the following entries:

  • Lens Magnify
  • Fullscreen Magnify
  • Docked Magnify
  • Magnifier Settings

To Add Magnifier Context Menu in Windows 10,

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Add Magnifier Context Menu.reg file to merge it.
  5. To remove the entry from the context menu, use the provided file Remove Magnifier Context Menu.reg.

You are done!

Let's see how it works.

How does it work

The context menu utilizes the command line arguments available for Magnifier, which is the magnify.exe file in your system folder. The commands it uses are as follows.

  • Magnify.exe /lens - defaults to the Lens view.
  • Magnify.exe /fullscreen - open Magnifier in the full screen view.
  • Magnify.exe /docked- open Magnifier in the docked view.

For the last item, Magnifier Settings, it calls an ms-settings command. The command is

ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier

See following article to learn how to add any Settings page to the context menu: Add Settings Context Menu In Windows 10.

That's it!

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