A Complete Guide to Fixing Blurry Text in Windows 10
Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system dominates the desktop OS market share with over 1 billion users. It is compatible with a wide range of devices, spanning from budget options to high-end models. However, users have consistently reported an issue with blurry or fuzzy fonts, text, and menus despite Windows 10’s exceptional scalability.
I noticed the problem on my HP Spectre x360 immediately. The display has a 1920 x 1080 resolution. I thoroughly checked the display settings but found no solution to clear up the text.
Windows 10 includes both modern apps and legacy applications. These older apps were not designed with high-resolution displays in mind. As a result, you may encounter blurry text and menus when using these apps. This issue can negatively impact the overall experience on a beautiful display.
In this post, we will discuss how to fix blurry text in Windows 10. Follow the troubleshooting list below to resolve the issue. Let’s begin.
Microsoft addressed the Windows 10 blurry text problem by incorporating a default fix. Follow these steps for Microsoft’s assistance. Step 1: Open the Settings app on Windows 10 (Use the Windows Key + I shortcut).
Step 2: Go to System > Display menu.
Step 3: In this section, you will find various display settings, including brightness, color, scale, and layout. Look for the Advanced scaling settings under the Scale and layout menu.
Step 4: Activate the ‘Let Windows attempt to resolve any blurriness with apps’ toggle switch.
To resolve app issues, close and relaunch the affected applications.
Blurry text in Windows 10 may result from a scaling issue. To check for Windows DPI settings, follow these steps:
1. Right-click on your desktop and select Display settings.
2. Under the scale and layout menu, ensure that it is set at 100 percent, not a custom higher number.
3. If the display is set to custom scaling, turn it off and sign out.
Check the app that appears blurry to see if the issue is resolved. If you have two screens, log out and log back in, and both screens should display crisp text.
3. Change High DPI Settings of a Specific App
If only a few apps appear blurry in Windows 10, you can solve the problem by changing the app’s high DPI settings. Here is what you need to do.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for the app in the Windows search box.
Step 2: Right-click on the app and select Open file location.
Step 3: Right-click on the app and tap Properties.
Step 4: Click the Compatibility tab.
Step 5: Tap on the Change High DPI Settings option.
Step 6: Select the ‘Use this setting to fix scaling problems for this program instead of the one in settings’ checkbox.
Step 7: In the High DPI scaling override area, select the Override high DPI scaling behavior checkbox. And make sure the Application is selected from the drop-down menu.
Step 8: Click OK. Close and reopen the app to check for the issue.
4. Update Display Drivers
Windows 10 may show blurry text or menus due to outdated display drivers. To fix this issue, follow these steps:
1. Click the Windows Key and search for the “drivers” menu in the Device Manager.
2. Go to Display Adapters to find the display drivers, such as the Intel model.
3. Right-click on the driver and choose “Update driver” from the menu.
After installing, restart the PC. The updated drivers should fix the issue.
5. Play With Custom Scaling Option
If none of the tricks work, try using the display menu’s custom scaling option. Open the Settings app and go to the System menu. Then, go to Display > Scale and layout. By default, it’s set at 150%. You can go to Advanced scaling settings and add a number in the Custom Scaling menu.
Restart the PC and check the text in problematic apps again.
6. Update Windows OS
Burry text in Windows 10 might be due to a buggy build released by Microsoft. The company isn’t known for delivering quality updates. Open the Settings app, go to Windows Update, and check for updates. If there is a new build available, install it on the PC.
If there are no updates, you can join the Windows Insider Program to test beta Windows builds on your device.
Using the tips above, you can fix the blurry text issue in Windows 10. Apply these tricks in the system, and you won’t need to adjust glasses while reading text. Which troubleshooting option worked for you? Mention in the comments below. Next up: Problems with the Windows key on Windows 10? Read the post below to find the best ways to fix the Windows key issue.
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