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Fix Fuzzy Windows 10 Text on High Resolution Displays

Windows 10 definitely has some great new features and is incredibly better than Windows 8.1. However, one annoyance of Windows 10 on a high-resolution display is some fonts are blurry or fuzzy. Here’s a look at the problem and how to fix it.

1 iTunes blurry

iTunes on Windows is one example where the text looks fuzzy/blurry on a high-res display.

Windows 10 Blurry Fonts

I noticed this right away on my Lenovo Flex 2 which has a resolution of 1920×1080. I went through the display settings exhaustively and didn’t find anything that works to clean the text up.

The problem is if you have a screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 or higher, most users put the DPI scaling to at least 125% to make everything easier to read. We actually covered this issue in our article: Make Windows 10 Desktop Easier to See on High-Resolution Displays.

In that article, we explained that densely packing pixels into a small screen makes photos and apps look stunning. However, it also makes desktop programs, that aren’t designed to run at high resolutions, look small and difficult to see.

And because Windows 10 is using a different scaling method for DPI, it causes the fuzzy text problem.

Fix Blurry Windows 10 Fonts

There is a workaround that you can use to use. Right-click on the shortcut of the app you’re having an issue with and then Properties.

Then select the Compatibility tab and enable Disable display scaling on high DPI settings. A restart will be required to finish the process.

compatibility

While that does correct the blurry/fuzzy issue, the caveat is that you’re back where you started with a small app and tiny text that’s hard to see.

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Here you can see the text in iTunes, after applying the DPI Scaling fix is much cleaner.

This appears to be a problem a lot of users have complained about, and there is a handy utility you can use to correct the problem, too. It’s called XPExplorer – Windows 10 DPI Fix and it’s free.

Start it up and check Use Windows 8.1 DPI Scaling (our fix) and then choose your scaling level.

set to 125

A restart is required to complete the installation. When you get back fonts in the apps you were having issues with should no longer be fuzzy, but clean and clear again.

This utility is nice to have because it will work across the board and you won’t need to use the manual method for fixing everything that has fuzzy/blurry text.

Microsoft is holding its Windows 10 devices event today, and it’s safe to assume we’ll see new Windows Insider builds of Windows 10 TH2 at some point this week. Hopefully, when the final new update is launched, it will have corrected the DPI scaling problem.

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5 Responses to Fix Fuzzy Windows 10 Text on High Resolution Displays

  1. Ziggy October 7, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    Nice one, Brian. Worked a treat.

    Bye the way, liked the last sentence of your article: “Hopefully, when the final new update is launched, it will have corrected the DPI scaling problem.”

    All I can say, in merry tune is…

    You make me laugh
    You make me cry
    You make me roll around the floor
    Until I die
    God only knows
    The reason why
    Me thinks ’cause you have so much confidence in Microsoft!

    • Steve Krause October 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      🙂

      What final fix? That’s the beauty of SAAS! It’s never “done”.

  2. Robert April 17, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Does not work with custom scaling, like 135%

  3. Chad August 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Doesn’t work for me. Windows 10 64bit, Lenovo 3200×1800. Tried both options. For one, java applets are extremely tiny to read and the “disable display scaling…” doesn’t work. For other programs, icons are still blurred in toolbars for example.

  4. Ryan November 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Thank you. That helped me out. After your fix iTunes is much sharper.

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