Blurry Fonts problem in Windows 10 / 8

Fonts appear blurred? Text appear blurred, blurry, fuzzy? Fix Blurry Fonts problem or Blurred text issue in Windows 10 / 8. Disable DPI virtualization or Lower the overall Windows DPI setting and see if it helps!

Many users these days own devices with a high DPI display. DPI stands for Dots per Inch and is used to describe the resolution of the displays. Some users, while running various desktop applications on their Windows 10 / 8 computers have reported the problem of seeing blurred, blurry, fuzzy fonts or text while running desktop applications like Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Media Player, Windows Store apps and even the Windows Firewall. Some have also reported seeing truncated text.

Blurry fonts in Windows 10 / 8

If you are facing this problem on your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 device, there are two things you may want to try.

Disable DPI virtualization

If you are facing the problem for a particular application like say, Chrome browser, then open its Program Folder, right-click on its chrome.exe file and select Properties.

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Select the Compatibility tab. Here check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.

Click Apply/OK and check if your issue has been resolved.

If it does not help, or if you are facing this problem for most of your programs, you may want to consider, lowering the Windows DPI setting, system-wide.

Lower the overall Windows DPI setting

To do this, from the WinX Menu, open Control Panel > Display applet.

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Under Change the size of all items section, you will see a slider. To be able to operate this slider, first check the Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays option. Once you have done this, move the slider to 100% or to a position that suits you.

If you do this, you must realize that, on very high-DPI displays, this may make fonts, text and screen elements very small, and at times difficult to read.

High-DPI displays allow the display to produce crisper text and graphics, but since some application developers do not take advantage of this feature, these issues arise.

Additional readings to help issue of blurry fonts:

  1. There are some additional steps you may want to take if you find that Web fonts appear blurry in Internet Explorer.
  2. To fix the issue of Blurry Fonts or Poor Display Scaling In Office Programs, you can also use the Registry Editor
  3. Make text easier to read using ClearType Tuner in Windows.
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