How To Fix Blurry Text In Windows 8.1
“Hi Wally, I don’t know why, but google chrome’s text is suddenly really blurry. Its making things harder to read and I just want it fixed. Can you help me?” - Alyssa M., USA
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Wally’s Answer: You are not alone, other people have also complained that the text in many Windows 8.1 applications is blurry. You wouldn’t expect this to happen on a new monitor but only monitors with high DPI settings are effected. Don’t worry, its really easy to fix, here’s how:
Some software programs have blurry text in Windows 8.1
High resolution displays have higher DPI settings. Some applications are not configured to use these high DPI settings. This results in blurry text.
The solution to this problem is simple. All you need to do is to enable the high DPI setting for that application.
- Find the software that shows blurry text. If you can’t find the executable file (.exe file), you can find the software’s executable in a folder inside either C:/Program Files/ or C:/Program Files (x86)/
- Right-click the shortcut icon of the blurry software > click Properties
- Click the Compatibility tab
- Check the box next to Disable display scaling on high DPI settings
- Click OK
This problem seems to be appearing on different applications running specifically on Windows 8.1. If you are interested in why this is happening, it happens because Microsoft added support for high resolution displays in Windows 8.1. While this was a great addition to Windows, older applications did not support high DPI settings. These applications are scaled up regardless and this causes the blurry text in those applications.
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