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Windows 7: Change margin when using magnifying tool and panning around

25 Feb 2019   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Change margin when using magnifying tool and panning around

Hello everybody.

I use the windows 7 magnifying tool ("WIN-key" + "+") because a certain chess-related software displays the chess board in a too small of a format.

So, I magnify and by moving the mouse pointer to the edges of the visible screen (viewport), the screen pans. So if one moves the pointer to the left edge, the entire viewport pans to the left. But the margins are too big. See screenshot; is there a way to decrease this margin with some advanced registry setting or something?

Take care everybody!

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09 Mar 2019   #2

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

Hello Machariel

I am thinking that you are requesting to adjust the size (width) of the Window?

You should be able to adjust the width of the Window by hovering the mouse pointer over the margin border, and dragging the border with the mouse.

The mouse cursor will change to a bi-directional arrow, when you have found the right location on the Window border.

When the bi-directional arrow mouse pointer appears, just hold mouse button down and drag the boarder to where you want it to be.

This tip should work with the magnifying glass turned on or off.

Hope that helps.
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09 Mar 2019   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hi Iko22. No, that's not the question. Just run the magnifying glass and then move your mousepointer to the border. You'll see your viewport will go to where you mouse is. Just try it. And from there you'll understand my question.

Cheers mate!
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09 Mar 2019   #4

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone


Yes, if I turn on magnifier (Win key + "+") on my computer, I get a viewport that is a 200% magnification of the screen.

If I move the mouse left or right, then the viewport changes to show the area of the desktop or an area of any open window or the task bar , all zoomed in at 200%.

If I press Win key + "+" again, I get a viewport that now shows the screen (desktop + open windows + taskbar) zoomed in at 300%.

The size of the mouse pointer also changes size proportional to the size of the magnification.

Now I look at your screenshot. It shows an area of the desktop and an area of an open window. You have added two arrrows indicating a "margin".

Regradless of the Viewport magnification, I am suggesting that you can narrow the "margin" that you have drawn by increasing the width of the visible window. Increasing the width of the visible window can be acheived by selecting the window's border and then dragging the border outwards with the mouse pointer.

Please tell me if your own thinking is different to mine and where there is problem.
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09 Mar 2019   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Ah I see. The problem is that I cannot increase this window as it is cheapo-programmed software. It's size is fixed and does not depend on the screen resolution! So now the side mouseborder - to name it like that - has become a nuisance as I need to move the mouse a lot (it's a chess tactics trainer) and I often accidentally come too close to the border, shifting the viewport annoyingly.

So I was hoping the registry or something has this border set somewhere.
But normally you'd be right. I would just have to increase the window I magnified.

But I magnified it in this case because it's fixed and too small. An option is to lower the resolution temporary but meh.
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09 Mar 2019   #6

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

Ah okay, I understand now! So you cannot change the size of the window to the chess program because it is fixed size? And - should the mouse pointer reach close to the edge of the desktop, then the magnifier viewport annoyingly moves out of scope?

1) Well, one of the Magnifier options is to turn ON/OFF "follow the mouse pointer". See if setting "follow mouse pointer" to OFF (un-check tick box), provides some comfort.

To turn OFF "follow the mouse pointer"
Focus on the Magnifier window (see picture)
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Select the symbol that looks like a "gear" or a "cog". This is the settings for the magnifier.
When the Magnifier Options window appears, under the heading "Tracking", un-check the tick box next to "follow the mouse pointer".
2) Change type of Magnifier
From the Magnifier Window again, next to the "cog" symbol is a tab called "Views (see Picture), where you can also change the magnifier mode from full-screen mode to Docked Mode.

3) Use lower DPI settings
If Magnifier does not do what you want it to, and you cannot change the Window size, then you may prefer to adjust the DPI settings. See tutorial DPI Display Size Settings - Change

Registry Settings
Alas, as far as I am aware, if the program cannot change the size of its window then I would very much doubt that there is a registry setting, for this window size. Where registry settings exist, all references to program's window are adjustable at the GUI by the mouse.

Hope that helps!

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09 Mar 2019   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hey thanks for your help, though it's not the window size that needs to be changed, only the initial border margins where the mouse would hit to move the viewport.

But it's OK, one can't have it all. Appreciate your patient help. Have a great weekend!
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09 Mar 2019   #8

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

Try the Turn OFF follow the mouse pointer option, when you next get a chance.
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09 Mar 2019   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Nah, you have to keep one option enabled; the checkboxes is a convention-error. They should've been radio buttons. So anyway, one has to keep one option enabled and that causes other annoyances.
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