If there is no updated DPI-aware version of the application available, you may be able to alter the appearance of the application by using one of the following methods. Be aware that this may result in less desirable results, depending on the application.
- Disable DPI virtualization for the application. To do this, right-click the application’s shortcut and then click Properties. On the Compatibility tab, select Disable Display Scaling On High DPI Settings, and then click OK. This causes the text in the application to appear clearer. However, if the application does not correctly handle high DPI settings, this procedure may have adverse side effects such as truncated text and incorrectly sized graphical elements.
- Lower the overall Windows DPI setting. To do this, open the Display item in Control Panel (or search for "dpiscaling" from the Start screen), and then adjust the slider under Change the size of all items. You may have to click to select the check box for Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays and then change the scale to 100 percent.
Be aware that on very high-DPI displays, this may make screen elements very small, and some text may become difficult to read.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 introduce additional support for high-DPI displays. This includes the ability to use independent scaling levels for multiple displays when more than one display is connected.
Some specific Windows components that may experience this issue are as follows:
- Windows Fax & Scan
- Microsoft Management Console (MMC) components, such as the following:
- Device Manager
- Event Viewer
- Disk Management
- Computer Management
For software developers, there is more information about how to write high-DPI applications on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).
Article ID: 2900023 - Last Review: Aug 14, 2015 - Revision: 1