How-To Surface Duo

How to see more content on Surface Duo by adjusting the display scaling settings

By default, the display scaling (how small or large UI elements and text are on the screen) is set to be comfortable enough to look at without straining your eyes too much. You can change this, though, allowing you to display even more content on the displays while possibly sacrificing eye comfort, depending on the person. Here's how.

Surface Duo comes with two 5.6″ displays. Each display has an aspect ratio of 4:3, a resolution of 1800×1350, and a pixel density of 401. Simply put, it means the displays are large and sharp.

By default, the display scaling (how small or large UI elements and text are on the screen) is set to be comfortable enough to look at without straining your eyes too much. You can change this, though, allowing you to display even more content on the displays while possibly sacrificing eye comfort, depending on the person. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Tap Display, then Display size.

Step 3: Use the slider to change the setting from Default, to Small.

Note: The changes should take effect immediately, but if you don’t notice a change, restart the device.

Below are a few screenshots of the differences between Default and Small display scaling settings.

Microsoft News

Notice how you can see an entire additional paragraph on the right image (Small), compared to the left (Default)

Microsoft Edge (Desktop Mode)

With desktop mode enabled in Microsoft Edge, websites will also reflow to show you more content at once.

Spotify

Some apps, like Spotify, will completely re-adjust their UI elements to make better use of the available screen real-estate.

Calculator

The Calculator app will display an additional 3 rows of buttons with the scaling set to Small, making much better use of the screen space.

Give it a try. I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether you prefer the default or the smaller scaling settings on your Surface Duo.

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