Magnifying the screen in Mac OS 8 and 9

This page gives you step-by-step instructions on how to launch and use the CloseView Magnifier

The Mac OS includes an optional screen magnification program called ' CloseView ' . If it is not installed on your computer it can be found on the Mac OS CD-Rom: under CD Extras: Universal Access: CloseView

If you do not have access to the Mac OS CD-Rom it is available on the web at:
Apple Macintosh Software Toolkit

The ' CloseView ' magnifier enables text to be increased to a very large size. It is, however, restricted to a small portion of the screen, the area that is magnified is outlined with a black box that follows the mouse pointer.

This page shows you how to start ' CloseView ' and details some of its features.


Open ' CloseView ' using the following steps:

  1. Click the ' Apple ' menu (no keyboard shortcut).
  2. From the ' Control Panels ' sub menu select ' CloseView ' (no keyboard shortcut) which will launch ' CloseView ' as shown in Fig 1.

Close View magnifier
Fig 1

From here you can turn ' CloseView ' on and off, set the magnification scale for example x2, invert the colours of the screen to white text on a black background and turn the ' CloseView ' keyboard shortcuts on and off.

With the ' Keyboard Shortcuts ' on you can use the ' CloseView ' commands from within any program at any time.

  • ' Alt' + 'Apple' + 'K ' Turn CloseView on or off .
  • ' Alt' + 'Apple' + 'X ' Turn magnification on or off .
  • ' Alt' + 'Apple' + '+ ' Increase magnification .
  • ' Alt' + 'Apple' + '- ' Decrease magnification .

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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