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Applications appearing with blurry text in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and how to resolve the issue

Summary: How to resolve issue with blurry text within applications installed on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

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Applications may appear with blurry text in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. This article provides information on how to resolve the issue.

Applications or text appearing blurry due to DPI scaling enhancements in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

You may experience issues with blurry text or fonts in certain applications within Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. This issue can be caused by the display scaling setting for high DPI monitors. With DPI scaling enabled, certain applications or text within the applications may appear blurry.

How to disable display scaling to resolve this issue

A possible resolution for the blurry appearance issue is to disable display scaling within the specific application's properties. To disable this setting, right-click on the icon for the application and choose Properties from the menu. For Windows 10, you may need to access the application icon from the file location to open the Properties screen. When the Properties screen appears, click the Compatibility tab and check to Disable display scaling on high DPI settings:

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Image 1 - Properties

Another way to ensure that the application appearance isn't affected by DPI scaling is to change the Display settings within Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Disable the DPI scaling by custom sizing to prevent scaling from adjusting automatically within different applications:

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Image 2 - Display settings

Further information on this issue and specific instructions for resolving the blurry appearance when using Google Chrome in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 can be found at the How-To Geek websiteSLN291031_en_US__3iC_External_Link_BD_v1.

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21 Feb 2021



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