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Disabling Win10 Magnifier - Can it be done?


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 07:29 PM

Hello All,

 

         I've run into a problem for which I've not been able to determine a solution.  I am working with a client who is using ZoomText from AI Squared, and on a Mac but under virtual Windows 10, and with the mapping of keys we're finding that Windows 10 Magnifier is being accidentally activated at times, and once it's on trying to kill it is quite a chore.

 

         I can find no way to make it such that Magnifier can not be activated, period, and that's really what would be optimal.  Any magnification that might be needed is done via ZoomText.

 

         This is not specific to virtual Windows 10, either, as I can find no way to do this in the native Win10 environment, either.  I presume this might be something that might be accomplished via a registry edit, but I'm not good at figuring out what that might be.

 

          If anyone knows how to permanently disable the Win10 Magnifier feature would you please share?

 

 


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 07:52 PM

In a Windows 10 environment:

Start/Settings/Ease of Access/Magnifier.

If that doesn't work this might http://www.isunshare.com/windows-10/disable-magnifier-in-windows-10.html

Edited by Queen-Evie, 14 April 2016 - 07:52 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 08:44 PM

Queen Evie,

 

        Thanks much for the link.  There is nothing in the Ease of Access settings that allows you to block execution of Magnifier, which is the problem.  I was hoping I'd find a checkbox or radio button that allowed me to disable it globally, or even at the single user level, but it's not there.


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 09:50 PM

I do understand what you want to do. All I can offer is what I found. If you do find a way to do it, please post back with the HOW TO.

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 04:46 AM

?Try renaming C:\Windows\System32\magnify.exe?


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 01:30 PM

John,

 

         That's another idea, and a very straightforward one.   However, I am getting all kinds of proverbial hell out of the OS in regard to renaming that file.  I've tried command prompt elevated to administrator as well as a couple of other tricks and I'm getting "access denied" or the equivalent.

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 04:14 PM

What happens if you remap the key for starting magnifier? I am not sure it will work though.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/map-any-key-to-any-key-on-windows-xp-vista/


Edited by JohnC_21, 15 April 2016 - 04:14 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

JohnC_21:  Interesting thought, but under SharpKeys I do not see any entry for the existing keys that it knows about that correspond to the WinKey+PlusKey that invokes the magnifier.


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:39 PM

I did a little googling and this page suggests one to change the security permissions of magnifier.

 

http://www.isunshare.com/windows-10/disable-magnifier-in-windows-10.html



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:11 PM

JohnC_21:  Queen Evie beat you to it, by quite a distance.  I will probably end up giving that a try if push comes to shove.  I need to put in a comment in Win10 Feedback that any program or feature that can be invoked via keyboard shortcuts needs to have a setting that allows this ability to be selectively disabled.


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 07:15 AM

Another option is to access the drive with another OS (either a live distro of Linux or Microsoft PE) and rename it there.

As it's an OS file, there may still be issues (as SFC will try to protect it).

Maybe even mark it as "Read Only" after renaming it?


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