Change Where to Keep Text Cursor While Using Magnifier in Windows 10

How to Change Where to Keep Text Cursor while using Magnifier 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. In recent Windows 10 builds, Magnifier has an ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type.


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.

Windows 10 Magnifier

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.

You can choose to keep the text cursor centered on the screen or at the edges of the screen while using Magnifier in full screen view.

Note: This feature was first introduced in Windows 10 build 18894.

Here is how it can be done.

Change Where to Keep Text Cursor While Using Magnifier in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Ease of Access > Magnifier.
  3. Find the Keep the text cursor drop list under Change Magnifier view on the right.
  4. Select Centered on the screen or Within the edge of the screen for what you want.Magnifier Keep Text Cursor Centered On Screen
  5. You are done.

Alternatively, you can configure this feature with a Registry tweak.

Choose Where to Keep Text Cursor with Magnifier  in Registry

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-bit DWORD value CenterTextInsertionPoint.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value data as follows:
    • 0 = Within the edge of the screen (used by default)
    • 1 = Centered on the screen
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

You can save your time by downloading the following Registry files.

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Change Where to Keep Text Cursor While Using Magnifier in Windows 10”

  1. This does NOT answer my question. I can see NO difference between setting the ‘Windows 10’ Magnifier setting “Keep the text cursor” to “Within the edges of the screen” and setting this parameter to “Centred on the screen”. Up to now, I have been unable to find a website that shows me the difference between these settings. Please send me an email explaining how these values differ.

    Thank You!

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