Windows 10 Tutorials 79 – Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change DPI Scaling Level for displays in Windows 10.

Dots per inch (DPI) is the physical measurement of the number of individual dots that can be placed in a line within the span of 1 inch. DPI setting controls the size of the text, apps and icons.

A lower DPI setting will make them appear smaller and a higher setting will make them appear bigger. By default Windows has setting of 96 DPI.

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays Registry Setting

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R key combination, type in regedit and press Enter.
  2. If prompted by UAC, press Yes to continue.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  4. In right-side pane, look for a Win8DpiScaling and set the value to 1 and close Registry Editor.
  5. Restart your computer.

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays in Settings app

  1. Open Registry Editor and make the changes as described above.
  2. Open Settings and click on the System icon.
  3. Alternatively, right click on an empty area on your desktop and select Display.
  4. In System settings screen click on Display option from left side.
  5. Under Change the size of text, apps, and other items: 100% (Recommended), move the slider left or right to the DPI percentage you want to set for that display.

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays in Control Panel

  • Open Registry Editor and make the changes as described above in first step.
  • Open the Control Panel (icons view) and select Display.
  • Under Change size of items, click on the set a custom scaling level link.

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays

  • Drag the ruler left or right to the scaling percentage you want.
  • Alternatively, select the scaling percentage you want in the drop down menu.
  • Click on Apply and then Sign out now.

Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays

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