[Athen] Windows Magnifier - Blurry font

Matt McCubbin Matt.McCubbin at umb.edu
Mon Nov 14 07:27:14 PST 2016

Hi Dawn,
The issues you outlined with the built-in Windows Magnifier may have to do with some display scaling problems in Windows 10, particularly with hi resolution monitors. This page outlines a tweak as a possible workaround, and offers a utility to make the change permanent.
You could also try contacting the MS Disability Answer Desk at

Hope this helps!
All the best,

Matt McCubbin
IT Accessibility Coordinator
Information Technology Services
University of Massachusetts Boston

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker)
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 3:01 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Windows Magnifier - Blurry font

Hi all,

I am working with an employee to access items on her screen. While she doesn't have vision loss we've found that using the magnifier on certain programs helps focus on the content and ensure data is entered correctly.

Her set up includes Windows 10 and Dual monitors. I've tried both ZoomText and MAGic but neither one allows you to "dock" the magnification window with the dual monitor setup - it seems to lock in on that dual monitor feature. In trying to use the built-in Windows magnifier, it acts the way we want by docking on only one screen, at the top of the monitor. However the font becomes blurry if we try to decrease magnification below the standard 200%. We've checked and unchecked ClearType Font to see if that made a difference and it didn't.

Do you have any suggestions for tools or a fix for the blurry font in the Magnifier window, a software option or configuration of ZoomText or MAGic?



Dawn Hunziker
IT Accessibility Consultant

Disability Resource Center
hunziker at email.arizona.edu<mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu>

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