How-To

Fix Fuzzy Windows 10 Text on High Resolution Displays

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.

Windows 10 has some great new features and is incredibly better than Windows 8.1. However, one annoyance of Windows 10 on a high-resolution display – 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 up the text.

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 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. 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.

2 iTunes

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

This issue 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, they 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, with the completion of the launch of the new update, it will have corrected the DPI scaling problem.


12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. 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!

    • 🙂

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

  2. Robert  

    Does not work with custom scaling, like 135%

  3. Chad  

    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  

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

  5. Jane  

    This totally helped me with outlook. thanks!

  6. salar  

    when the computer restart the screen shows clean and clear but JUST FOR 1 sec. after 1 sec it goes blurry and lose its shine again. what is preventing this app from working?????

    • J.R. Wilhelm  

      Still blurry? Read this:

      The application did not work initially for me, so I began to tinker around. First I ran the app w/ 125% and this page was still blurry. I then tried going into google chrome’s properties and in the Compatibility menu checking the box for “Override high DPI scaling behavior. Scaling performed by: “. I tried w/ “Application” but ultimately left it on “System (Enhanced)”. In the “Shortcut” tab I also added the following text to the end of the “Target” field:

      chrome.exe” /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1
      ^
      edit starts here

      NOTE: chrome.exe” is already in the field, but I use it as a reference point to see where you need to put the rest of the text.

      Finally, before I restarted my machine I ran the “Adjust ClearType text” program? from the start menu. While probably not necessary, IMO it may have helped w/ the graying of some of my fonts.

      My system/app specs are as follows:

      Win10 Edu x64
      Version: 1703
      OS Build: 15063.296

      Chrome Version 58.0.3029.110 (64-bit)

      • brenorton731  

        You are a godsend!!!

  7. Alex  

    Guys, if you haven’t found a solution yet, try this. Go to settings > seach up “text” in the search bar, and then click on “adjust cleartype text” and then customize the text however you want it to be!

  8. Jack Shafer  

    This worked for me.

  9. BigMac  

    Worked a charm.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

To Top