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Windows 8.1 1080p Display Issue

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 1080p Display Issue


    Hi, I have an HP Envy Touchsmart 15t-j100 Quad Edition Laptop, running Windows 8.1.

    When I finished the setup process, I immediately download Chrome, since IE was the only browser pre-installed. Now, I've never used Windows 8.1 or 8 before and am totally new to this new Metro UI and Charms thing (so far I hate it) so as you can imagine I ran into problems immediately.

    I will post the full specs of my laptop below, but just know that it has a 1920x1080 display and an Nvidia GeForce GT 740M graphics card.

    When I opened Chrome for the first time, it launched as an app. Everything was okay about it, except I didn't like the new concept of "Apps" and Microsoft's idea of multitasking. So naturally I relaunched it in Desktop Mode. However, I noticed that the text (on the URL bar, the buttons, and the tabs, as well as web content) looked much blurrier than it had in Windows 8 mode.

    I looked around for a while for a solution, and found it. You simply had to go to the Chrome properties, go to Compatibility, and check "disable display scaling on high DPI settings". Now, of course I had no idea what that meant, but when I relaunched Chrome everything was fine again, except for one problem.

    Everything was unnaturally small. The tabs, the URL bar, the refresh, back/forward buttons, menu button, and extensions were all smaller than they were in Windows 8 mode and in desktop mode with display scaling.

    Compare the 2 screenshots below:

    Chrome with display scaling:
    Click image for larger version

    Chrome with display scaling disabled:
    Click image for larger version

    You might think this is a small thing, but I believe it's a symptom of a bigger problem. The cursor is abnormally small, too. I've tried changing it to a larger one, but the spinning animations don't get bigger in proportion with the pointer.

    Any input would be appreciated.

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    Specs:

    Processor: Quad-Core Intel Core i7-4700MQ (no overlclock)
    RAM: 16GB of memory @1600mHz
    HDD: 1TB
    GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT740M with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
    15.6-inch 1080p Touchscreen display
    OS: Windows 8.1

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  2. #2


    USA, CA
    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    its because of windows 8.1 new dpi setting for all displays as one so you need to go right click your desktop then choose screen resolution then on the left pick make things bigger or larger and then check the box in that new window for setting it for all displays then apply it and log off(sign out) on next log in you should be all good also make sure you have the latest drivers for your gpu off nvidia's site. here's a guide for it too [Fix] Bold, Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1 - AskVG
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  3. #3


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Its like that (on the bottom), because that's how it looks normally at 1080. With the Auto Scaling ON you were seeing more like 720 on that monitor, it changes the size. I hate that...

    I'd just leave scaling OFF, and zoom Chrome about 115 percent to 120 percent. I'm zoomed 110 percent. You should be able to increase the size of the Cursor as well, or use a custom cursor.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    I appreciate the input. However, when I changed the zoom level on Chrome, only the content changed. The URL bar, tabs, etc. still remained small.
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  5. #5


    USA, CA
    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    if you want you can set the dpi level for just that display to make things in chrome bigger. search for change windows size then in that window pick your display and set the dpi to larger instead of medium.
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You like the page larger on the screen or smaller? if larger, you can also zoom Chrome OUT. Turn the Auto Scaling back ON< then zoom Chrome OUT to about 90%, maybe 80%


    The "tiny" tabs and menu bar don't bother me, cos all I look at is the page. I use a custom cursor which is larger than normal.

    I do it like this, because I always have about 6 programs running down in the Tray. I suppose, Auto Scaling only affects which program is running at the time? Because in your images, the taskbar and icons on it are the same size in both images, it's only changed in the Chrome Program itself.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    The taskbar looks the same in both pictures because I only disabled scaling in the Chrome .exe file.
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