Windows 10 – Blurry Fonts at High Resolutions Due to DPI Scaling

With high resolutions in Windows 10, windows will automatically adjust the DPI of the fonts in order to allow you to see these on the screen.

In most cases, this works, however in some specific applications, it can make the fonts all “blurry” and give you a headache when using the machine.

For example, running the Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2013 R2 Development Environment on a high resolution screen, with DPI scaling set at 250% looks as follows. (Click the image to view full size)

Windows 10 - Display Scaling Enabled

A fix for this is to enable the option “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” within compatibility mode. This is accessed by right clicking on the shortcut and choosing “Properties”:

Windows 10 - Compatibility Settings

Once ticked and you run the application again, the scaling issue for the text is fixed. Unfortunately in this case, it makes some icons smaller (as you can tell by comparing the screenshots), however it is more usable and does not give you a headache!

Windows 10 - Display Scaling Disabled

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