Windows includes a program called Magnifier with which you can magnify a part of the screen. This program works quite solidly, but it provides rather limited capabilities, so it will not be enough for most users.
OneLoupe is a free program for Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11 that will allow you to quickly and easily magnify a part of the screen, just like when you use a magnifying glass.
How Does OneLoupe Work?
OneLoupe is a portable program. This means that there is no installation and all you have to do is download and run it. When you run it, its icon will appear in the System Tray (lower right corner of the screen, next to the clock).
You start the magnifying glass by clicking on the icon from the System Tray or by pressing the Win + Esc key combination. After this, a magnifying glass will appear on the screen, at the place of the mouse cursor, which instead of the classic circle is a rectangle. The magnifying glass will have an initial magnification of 2x and will magnify everything near the mouse.
To change the magnification level, all you have to do is turn the mouse wheel, up to increase the magnification and down to decrease it. The minimum magnification is one, that is, there is no magnification at all, and it is not possible to zoom out the image. We can’t tell you exactly what the maximum magnification is because there is currently a bug in the program that doesn’t show the magnification level when you go above two.
OneLoupe has three working modes: Normal, Real time, and Real time + mouse transparency. Normal will take a screenshot at the moment of launching the magnifier and then enlarge that image. This means that if you want to enlarge, for example, a video clip, only the static image that was on the screen at the time the magnifier was started will be enlarged.
Real time will magnify what is on the screen in real time and this works like a normal magnifier, and if the display on the screen changes, it will also be reflected when you use the magnifier. The last mode will just add a mouse to Realtime mode, so you can click on what you’re zooming in on. Also, it is possible to enlarge the whole screen, as well as the possibility to set keyboard shortcuts for all these commands.
OneLoupe Is a Great Program and All It Needs Is to Fix a Few Minor Bugs
OneLoupe is an excellent program, and the options it offers are more than enough to meet the needs of most users. The program contains a few minor bugs, but none that make it uncomfortable or impossible to use, and this is something that we’re sure will be fixed in one of the next versions.
Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11