Tip of the Week #144 – Blurry Apps on Second Hi-Res Monitor in Windows 10

Tip of the Week #143 – Blurry Apps on Second Hi-Res Monitor in Windows 10

This week, PrintVis’ resident “IT Guy” Simon Pedersen shares a quick-fix for one of those pesky types of Windows 10 glitches we’ve all experienced.

If you have connected a second screen to your computer, you may have experienced that some applications look sharp on one screen but blurry on the other – or blurry on both.

Here is an example:

As you can see, the screen is a bit blurry and unfocused.

This is actually a common problem in Windows 10 – and Microsoft has tried for some time now to correct it. And while the problem still isn’t completely resolved, there is a workaround for most applications.

The first thing you need to do is close the application. Next, go to the .exe of the application:  Go to search – search for the application – right click on it – choose “open file location.”

Now, right-click on the application icon and select “properties.“

Go to the “Compatibility” tab in the top.

Check the “Override high DPI scaling behavior.”

Click OK.

Restart your application and BOOM! It looks crisp and sharp again!

Unfortunately, some applications don’t have an option to override the DPI scaling, such as Office 2016. But for most applications you should be able to find this option.

Thank you Simon!