Virtual Magnifying Glass

Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.5

A simple screen magnifying utility at your disposal
4.0  (7 votes)
3.6 (See all)

Given the fact that it's quite difficult to spot small details on your display with your naked eye, an application like Virtual Magnifying Glass can prove to be very useful.
I'm fairly certain that you instantly figured out what Virtual Magnifying Glass does: it is a computer magnifying tool that will help you zoom in on any area of your screen. This small utility runs from your system tray, so you can easily call it up whenever you need it.

One of the best things about Virtual Magnifying Glass is that it offers two magnifying modes: classic and dynamic. In the classic mode the zoom window will follow the movement of your mouse cursor, and will disappear when you click your mouse or press a key. In the dynamic mode the zooming window can only be controlled using the shortcut keys, but it will not close when you click or use your keyboard.

The newest version of Virtual Magnifying Glass brings numerous improvements. I especially liked that you can now customize the size of the lens (height and width) and that you can determine the magnification level with the help of your scroll-wheel. Another plus is that the program will allow you to customize the shortcut keys that you use to control the lens when running in dynamic mode.

In my opinion, Virtual Magnifying Glass is a handy application that could be worth having. Although the program has a major flaw in the fact that its dynamic mode doesn’t function as it is supposed to, it comes for free, so I recommend trying it.

Sean O'Reilly
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Review summary


  • It allows you to customize the size of the magnifying glass
  • You can choose the magnification level
  • Let you modify the shortcut keys


  • The dynamic magnifier has some issues as it seems to continuously zoom in
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