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3 Ways to Create Magnifier Shortcut on Desktop in Win 8/8.1

For yourself or your elderly parents who have to wear presbyopia glasses (i.e. reading glasses) to read news or other information on the computer, you can create a Magnifier shortcut on the desktop by means of the following three different methods.

3 ways to create Magnifier shortcut on desktop in Windows 8/8.1:

Way 1: Create a shortcut named Magnifier on the desktop.

Step 1: Go to show hidden files in the computer.

Step 2: Right-click the desktop, choose New in the menu and select Shortcut in the sub-list to open a new shortcut.

Step 3: In the Create Shortcut window, tap Browse. Then, find the program according to Computer/Local Disk (C:)/Users/Default/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Windows Ease of Access/Magnifier, and click OK in the Browse for Files or Folders dialog.

Step 4: Click Next to continue.

Step 5: Rename this shortcut as Magnifier, and tap Finish.

After the five steps are completed, the shortcut for Magnifier is successfully created on the desktop, as shown in the screen shot below.

Way 2: Pin the Magnifier app to the desktop taskbar.

FYI, the detailed methods are illustrated in How to Pin A Program to Taskbar in Windows 8/8.1.

Way 3: Create a Magnifier CMD file on the desktop.

Step 1: Create and open a new text document on the desktop.

Step 2: Open the text document and enter magnify.

Step 3: Save the document as CMD file.

More specifically speaking, in the Save As window, rename the document, manually add ".cmd" (no double quotation marks) to the file name and click Save.

By use of this method, the shortcut shown in the picture below is created on the desktop.

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