How to Zoom in Skype

Updated April 17, 2017

When you are using Skype---a program that allows you to chat with, call and text message other people---you might find at times that you want to zoom in on a part of the program. Perhaps you want to see one of the emoticons more clearly or the text simply seems too small and you would like it to be larger. While Skype itself does not offer a zoom function, you can use Windows' capabilities to zoom in on any part of your Skype program.

Open Skype and log in, then find what you want to zoom in on. If, for example, you want to view a larger version of a conversation you had with a contact, click on that contact's name, then scroll up or down in your conversation until you find the relevant part.

Click on the "Start" button or Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen.

Click on or hover your mouse cursor over "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "Accessibility" or "Ease of Access." The name of this subfolder depends on the version of Windows you are using.

Click on "Magnifier." This will open a small box on your screen with plus and minus buttons.

Click on the plus button to zoom in on Skype. You can use your mouse to view different parts of the program. Moving your mouse cursor to the top, bottom or one of the sides of the screen will cause the entire screen to shift in that direction, revealing a different part of Skype. You also should see the "Magnifier" box disappear and a transparent magnifying glass appear.

Click on the magnifying glass when you are ready to zoom out. This will reopen the "Magnifier" box. Click on the minus button to zoom out, then click on the X in the upper right corner of the "Magnifier" box to close this tool.

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Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.