Magnifying your screen using Mac

OS 8 and 9

The CloseView magnifier enables text to be increased to a very large size. It is, however, restricted to a small portion of the screen, the area that is magnified is outlined with a black box that follows the mouse pointer.

This page shows you how to start CloseView and details some of its features.

  • Open CloseView using the following steps:
  • Click the Apple menu (no keyboard shortcut).
  • From the Control Panels sub menu select CloseView (no keyboard shortcut) which will launch CloseView€˜
  • From here you can turn CloseView on and off, set the magnification scale for example x2, invert the colours of the screen to white text on a black background and turn the CloseView keyboard shortcuts on and off.
  • With the Keyboard Shortcuts on you can use the CloseView commands from within any program at any time.
  • â Alt + Apple + K Turn CloseView on or off.
  • â Alt + Apple + X Turn magnification on or off.
  • â Alt + Apple + + Increase magnification.
  • â Alt + Apple +€˜€“ Decrease magnification.

Mac OS X

  • Make sure you are in Finder press Apple + Tab if necessary to cycle through open applications until you return to Finder€˜.
  • Click on the€˜Apple menu or press Ctrl + F2€˜.
  • Click on System Preferences… or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter€˜.
  • Click on the€˜Universal Access icon or press Tab repeatedly (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to cycle through the icons until the Universal Access icon is highlighted with a blue border and then press the Spacebar€˜.
  • Click on the Seeing tab or press Ctrl + F7 (once or twice) to highlight one of the four tabs for example Keyboard and then press the left or right arrow key to select the Seeing tab (highlighted in blue).
  • Click on the Turn on Zoom button or press Tab to highlight the Turn on Zoom button and press the Spacebar€˜.
  • To zoom in press Alt + Apple + + (plus), this zooms to your maximum level of magnification set in Zoom Options… . The preview rectangle (black bordered box) shows the area of the screen that you will see at maximum zoom. To step back or zoom out press Alt + Apple +€˜€“ (minus). Move your mouse around the screen to view the magnified page.
  • To change the Maximum and Minimum Zoom settings click on Zoom Options… or press Tab until Zoom Options… is highlighted and then press the Spacebar€˜.
  • Click on the’ Maximum Zoom:’ gauge bar to increase or decrease the Magnification level or press Tab (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to highlight the€˜slider’ on the gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to increase or decrease the maximum magnification level.
  • Click on the’ Minimum Zoom:’ gauge bar to increase or decrease the Magnification level or press Tab (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to highlight the€˜slider’ on the gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to increase or decrease the minimum magnification level.
  • When you have finished click on the Done button or press Tab until it is selected and then press Enter .
  • Finally click the Close (red) button at the top of the Universal Access window or press Apple + W to close the window and return to the Finder desktop.
  • To turn magnification on or off at any time press Alt + Apple + * (asterisk).

Find out how to magnify your screen in these other operating systems:

For WindowsFor Linux.


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