Windows offers various ways to zoom in on your screen, allowing you to take a closer look at your items. We’ll show you how to zoom in and out on your photos, videos, web pages, and other items on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.
To zoom in on any screen on your PC, use Windows’ built-in Magnifier app. This app’s sole purpose is to help you take a closer look at your screen’s icons, menus, and other items.
To use this method, first, launch the Magnifier app on your PC. You can do it by opening the “Start” menu, searching for “Magnifier”, and selecting the app in the search results.
Soon as Magnifier opens, it will zoom in on your current screen. You’ll find that your screen contents are now enlarged. Move your cursor around to navigate your screen.
To zoom out, in the Magnifier app, click the “-” (minus) icon. You can also zoom out by closing the app.
And that’s how you identify even the smallest of objects on your PC’s screen. Very useful!
Nearly all web browsers offer the option to zoom in on your web pages. You can invoke this function using either a keyboard shortcut or your browser menu.
To use it, first, launch your preferred web browser and access your web page.
When your web page has loaded, press Ctrl++ to zoom in. That’s the Ctrl and the “+” (plus) key.
To zoom in even further press the same Ctrl++ keys.
You can then zoom out by pressing Ctrl+-. That’s the Ctrl and the “-” (minus) key.
If you’d rather use a graphical option, then click the menu icon in your browser’s top-right corner and use the “+” icon to zoom in and the “-” icon to zoom out.
Enjoy the enlarged versions of your favorite sites!
To zoom in on a picture, use your PC’s built-in Photos app.
First, open your image with Photos. To do that, right-click your image in File Explorer and choose Open With > Photos.
On your photo page, select the “Zoom In” option at the top. This is a magnifying glass icon with a “+” sign on it.
To zoom out, click the “Zoom Out” option at the top. This is a magnifying glass icon with a “-” sign on it.
Alternatively, you can zoom in by pressing Ctrl++ and zoom out by pressing Ctrl+-. You can also use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out on your photos.
For zooming in on your videos, use the free and open-source VLC Media Player app. This app offers an interactive zoom feature that you can use to enlarge parts of your video.
To do that, first, download and install the VLC Media Player app on your PC. Then, launch your video with the app.
When your video opens, from VLC’s menu bar at the top, select Tools > Effects and Filters.
On the “Adjustments and Effects” window, access the “Video Effects” tab. Then, access the “Geometry” subtab.
In the “Geometry” tab, enable “Interactive Zoom.” Then, save your changes by clicking “Save” followed by “Close.”
Tip: To disable the zoom feature, deactivate the “Interactive Zoom” option and click “Save” followed by “Close.”
Back on the video page, in the top-left corner, you’ll see a small section of your video. Here, select the area of the video you want to zoom in on, and that portion will appear zoomed in in the large area.
And that’s all there is to it. Happy zooming in!