How to Change Windows 10 Display Scaling?

Even if you don’t need to increase Windows 10 UI size, there are lot of people who actually need to tweak display scaling to make the system look more convenient and comfortable. System’s UI does not look very well on the screens with high resolution and some people need to increase Windows 10 UI scale to see it more clearly. Unfortunately, Windows 10 works not so very well with a high DPI monitors or a scaled-up interface. Even though Microsoft did a lot of work to improve how Windows 10 behaves when a high DPI monitor is connected, there is still a lot to be done, a lot to be changed and a lot to be desired. We won’t banish Microsoft for being unable to optimize its operating system to the level of macOS scaling. We rather focus on how you can change Windows dpi scaling and increase (or decrease) interface size.

Setting up Custom Windows 10 Display Scaling

Changing Windows 10 display scaling is a quite simple task. This article will tell you where to find the DPI settings on Windows 10 and what to do when the unexpected things appear. And believe us, if you want to change Windows display scaling, you will by no means face some weird stuff.

  1. Okay, open Settings. You can simply Press Win + I to quickly launch Windows 10 Settings app from literally anywhere.
  2. Now you have to navigate to the System > Display section and locate Scale and layout. You will see a default option selected. Probably it is something like 100%-125%. Change Windows 10 Display Scaling?
  3. Select from the drop-down menu the amount of scaling you prefer. Depending on display size and resolution, the maximum value may vary between 125% and up to 500%.
  4. Next, sign out of the system to apply the changes. After you have set up a custom Windows resolution, the interface will increase or decrease immediately, but in order to apply it fully (including the apps), you need to sign out and sign back in. Click Sign out now. Windows 10 Display Scaling
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There is a chance that you won’t be satisfied with a predefined list of options. Maybe 125% is too much and 100% is too little. If so, there is an option to precisely set a custom Windows 10 resolution scaling. 110%, for example. It can be any number between 100% and 500%, although the least option is not recommended on any display.

  1. Click Advanced scaling settings and locate a Custom Scaling section. Changing Windows 10 Display Scaling
  2. Click on the text input field and enter any value you want between 100% and 500%. It can be 101%, 111%, etc. Do not set extremely high values if your monitor has a modest resolution like 1080p or 1440p. If you set up custom Windows 10 scaling too high, some interface elements may become unreadable or inaccessible, thus you will have no way to easily set resolution scaling back to normal. Display Scaling on Windows 10
  3. Press Apply and sign out of the system to see the changes taking place.

Now you can sit back and enjoy bigger or smaller interface, but you may notice some weird UI changes. Some apps may become blurry and severely lack of sharpness. Don’t worry, though. Your eyes are not going crazy and you monitor is completely fine. You have been visited by the apps which are not optimized for a high DPI screen. Luckily, there is a way to fix blurry apps on Windows 10.

How to Fix Blurry Apps on Windows 10?

  1. Again, open Settings and navigate to the System > Screen and click Advanced Scaling Settings.
  2. Turn on option Let Windows try to fix apps, so they are not blurry. Display Scaling on Windows 10 PC
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This option does not always work. Sometimes it may fix blurring problem, sometimes it may not. If you still struggle with a blurry apps problem on Windows 10, try manual high-DPI settings override. It works much better but requires tweaking each app separately. And again, sometimes it leads to some really screwed up interfaces and UI glitches.

  1. Right-click the blurry app icon and select Properties.
  2. Open the Compatibility tab and click Change high DPI settings.
  3. You will see a new window in which you need to check Override high DPI scaling behavior. From the drop-down list select Application. Display Scaling on Windows 10 computer
  4. Press Ok and close Properties window.
  5. Now run your app.

You will see that the blur is gone, and the text is now sharp. An obvious downside is the fact that some apps react differently to overriding high DPI scaling behavior. Some just become smaller and thus are completely usable, but some are going completely wild. UI elements may become truncated, text may become cut in an unexpected place, pictures are getting pixelated or even some entire section of the interface may be gone. You will have to deal with all of these until the developers optimize the app for a high-DPI screen. Unfortunately, this is the state of the Windows 10 display scaling in 2019.

One comment

  1. The scaling with Windows 10 isn’t as much Microsoft fault as it is that PC makers choose the wrong screen resolutions and used fractional scaling such as 125% to 175% to make them usable. Not a ideal solution given that many compromises happen when you try and use fractional scaling with pixels. You can’t split pixels into quarters or halves. This is why Apple made a good choice with Macbook’s by scaling their screens to 200% so they maintain crisp and sharp quality. Yes Microsoft applied some really good smoothing to get fractional scaling to work pretty well. But it will never be perfect and we all would have benefited better with PC makers just using higher resolutions that worked with a 200% scale. I have a 13 inch XPS from Dell with a 1920×1080 resolution and default scale is 150%. Not at all ideal for such a small screen and you’ll notice the lack of sharpness with some content.

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