You can now zoom images easier in Microsoft Edge thanks to new Magnify feature

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 21, 2024
Updated • Mar 21, 2024
Microsoft Edge

Microsoft added a new feature to its Edge browser recently that improves how you zoom images in the browser. Most websites restrict the width of content and this impacts images as well. Some images may look tiny as a consequence. It happens that high resolution images show up in a tiny frame on a webpage so that it becomes difficult to appreciate the image or check out its details.

Internet users have helped themselves in those cases in the past. Some launched the image in a new tab in the browser to move it out of its restrictive environment. A right-click on the image and selecting to open it in a new tab does that. Without the constraints, page zoom options may be used to zoom in or out. Some preferred to save the image to the local system to use a local image viewer, e.g. IrfanView or FastStone Image Viewer, for that.

Magnify Image in Edge

Magnify Image

Microsoft Edge's new Magnify Image feature adds another option. This one comes without AI label, which is refreshing. The main idea behind the feature is to display the selected image in an overlay. There, it is also free of any restraints and can be zoomed by the user.

The feature is integrated in Edge Stable already, and thus also in any development version of the web browser. You right-click on an image and select the new option from the context menu to launch it. If you prefer to use the keyboard, tap on the Ctrl-key twice after making sure the image is selected with a left-click.

Microsoft Edge zoomed image

Double-click on any part of the image to zoom in. You may also use the controls in the bottom left corner to zoom in, zoom out, or reset the zoom level. One option that is missing is the ability to zoom out using the mouse.

Another limitation is that you cannot use the feature to zoom in indefinitely. Edge resets the zoom level automatically after a few zoom ins. These steps seem to be the same regardless of image quality. An option to adjust them could improve the magnify image feature.

Closing Words

Magnify Image is a useful feature addition. It improves image zooming in Microsoft Edge without taking anything away or using remote server processing. Users of other browsers may use browser extensions such as Zoom Image for Firefox  or In Zoom for Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome.

Direct hover zooming is still my preferred zooming option on the Internet. The aforementioned In Zoom offers this for instance. Just hold down the Shift-key, hover over any image and use the mouse wheel to zoom in our out.

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  1. Jesus is Lord said on March 22, 2024 at 5:43 am

    How will it zoom images if they are small and low resolution? Pointless bloat.

  2. VioletMoon said on March 22, 2024 at 12:23 am

    Right click, Edit Image in Edge. Some quick, neat stuff to do with a pic.

  3. Stanislaw said on March 21, 2024 at 6:16 pm

    It’s useful, for other chromium based browser it is Imagus addon.

  4. ECJ said on March 21, 2024 at 5:22 pm

    Finally something useful instead of bloat – it sounds easier than [Right-click > Open Image in New Tab].

    Then I see Microsoft Edge has added yet another process trying to make outbound connections and remembered why I ditched Edge for Brave.


  5. Tachy said on March 21, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t actually zoom in images on webpage per se but…

    I often open them in a new tab to view them full size to decide if I want to save them to use for creating game keymap wallpaper images for my second monitor.

    I noticed the new button but felt no need to use it.

  6. John G. said on March 21, 2024 at 8:11 am

    Not the worst added Edge’s feature I have seen. Thanks for the article. :]

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 21, 2024 at 9:58 am

      I like it. It could do with a few tweaks, but it is a useful addition.

      1. John G. said on March 21, 2024 at 10:30 pm

        @Martin Brinkmann +100

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