Fix Blurry Apps on the Surface Pro 2

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The Surface Pro 2, just like the original Pro, features a full 1080p 10.6″ display. That’s a lot of pixels squeezed into a very small area. Normally, this would result in everything you see on the screen being sharper, but also smaller considering the screen size.

What Microsoft did to avoid this was increase the DPI scaling in Windows to 150% in order to make things a little more finger friendly. Unfortunately, the negative side effect is that many of the desktop apps out there today, are not designed to take advantage of Windows’s DPI scaling, so text and images in those apps look annoyingly fuzzy.

Here’s how to fix that.

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Under the Properties of the app (right-click app icon > Properties), then under the Compatibility tab, make sure to check the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” checkbox. Quit and re-launch the app. Things should look a little smaller but a lot clearer.

Check out these before and after shots, the difference is pretty clear. Click image for larger version.

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NOTE: Some apps actually take advantage of the Windows DPI settings, so I recommend you only use this with incompatible apps as it could make these apps too small to use with your fingers. Good thing Microsoft provides a stylus in the box!

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