How to Use the Windows 10 DPI Fix Utility to Correct Blurry Text

Try this when your display isn't scaling properly

A tell-tale sign of blurry text is if your Windows 10 font is blurry, but the rest of the display, such as images and other parts of the user interface, appear normally. It’s usually not difficult to correct this problem. There are some troubleshooting steps you can take in Windows Settings, and if the problem persists, you can try a free utility called Windows 10 DPI Fix.

Causes of Windows 10 Blurry Text

Blurry text in Windows 10 happens most often when using a large, high resolution display, such as a 4K UHD monitor. This is because Windows is designed to scale up text on high-res displays to make text easier to read. Some people, however, complain the scaling technique used by Windows 10 can sometimes cause blurry text.

How to Fix Blurry Text in Windows 10

  1. Vary the DPI scaling in Windows Settings. If you have a high-resolution display, Windows has probably already set the DPI to 125% or 150% automatically. Changing that value might resolve the problem. If it’s 125%, for example, you can try increasing it to 150% and see if the text looks sharper. 

  2. Turn off DPI scaling. If changing the scaling doesn’t help, you can turn off the scaling entirely by setting it to 100% in the Display Settings. When you set the DPI to 100%, the text should no longer be blurry. Unfortunately, the text may now be too small to read comfortably, which was the whole point of scaling it to begin with. 

  3. If only certain programs seem to have blurry text, you can change the display scaling for just those specific programs. Following the steps in Troubleshooting Display Scaling in Windows 10, open Advanced scaling settings for the problematic program and disable Let Windows try to fix apps so they’re not blurry. Additionally, you can enter a custom scaling value to make the text large enough to read if you need to. 

  4. If you have multiple monitors connected to your computer, one or both monitors can suffer from blurry text if the two displays are set to different screen resolutions. The easiest way to solve this problem is to not mix-and-match different size monitors and ensure they're all set to the same resolution.

  5. Install and run Windows 10 DPI Fix. This free, third-party utility reverts Windows 10 to using the method that older versions of Windows (such as Windows 8) used to scale, which some users have found works better for some configurations of Windows. If the other troubleshooting steps didn’t work, install Windows 10 DPI Fix, select Use Windows 8.1 DPI scaling, then select Apply

  6. If you need to, you can later revert back to the default Windows 10 DPI scaling. Start Windows 10 DPI Fix, select Use Windows 10 default DPI scaling, then select Apply.