I have a touchscreen Windows 8 laptop (an Ultrabook).

When surfing the web with Google Chrome it very often tries to be helpful by magnifying part of the screen that I touch, perhaps because I'm touching near multiple active parts of a website.

I really want to disable this. It's been driving me crazy for months.

I've done a lot of searching online to try to figure out how, but the results I get are always related to either pinch-and-zoom (which I like), accessibility (this is NOT that magnifier, it's disabled), or touchpads.

I'm not sure if this is a feature of Chrome or Windows 8. I have no significant 3rd party software installed. While the Windows 8 installation originally came from the manufacturer, after messing up the MBR by trying to dual boot linux a PC repair shop installed a generic copy of Win 8 (I think) and this annoying feature was there both before and after.

  • This affliction has hit me too. Have you discovered the secret of this blight? I narrowed a behavior like this down to the latest version of Google Chrome 39.0.2171.65 m. – Robert P Nov 23 '14 at 17:55
  • @RobertP I haven't figured it out yet, but I think that I will try to reach out to some Chrome/Chromium dev's this evening and I will report back if I find anything. – Hack-R Nov 24 '14 at 14:38

You're not alone. This chrome bug is driving many people crazy. See link...


  • Thanks for letting me know! Yes, I also got some emails from other people affected by this. I am going to try to explore the source code of Chrome (i.e. Chromium, the open source version) by this weekend if no one has a solution. – Hack-R Nov 24 '14 at 14:37

If you force an update by visiting chrome://help/ and you are updated to 39.0.2171.71, the issue should be resolved.

  • Really?? Awesome! I will test this solution as soon as I get home and mark this as the solution if it works. – Hack-R Nov 26 '14 at 18:36
  • Hmmm seems I'm on Version 40.0.2173.0 (64-bit)... – Hack-R Nov 28 '14 at 3:02

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