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Win 8.1 - Metro Apps Scaling Oddly on Monitors of Same Res

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Win 8.1 - Metro Apps Scaling Oddly on Monitors of Same Res


    Background: Yesterday, I upgraded my graphics card and updated from 8 to 8.1, so there is the possibility that this is not an 8.1 issue.

    I have 3 monitors running at 1920x1080. Two are computer monitors and one is an hdtv. With Windows 8, the experience on each monitor was identical.

    The Problem
    : With 8.1, one monitor (the hdtv) is scaling things funny. At first it was like all applications (desktop and metro apps) were magnified on the screen. As I dragged an item from screen to screen, I could literally see it magnify once most of it was on the hdtv screen. Icon size, however, remained consistent across displays. After enabling the "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays" options, desktop apps stopped magnifying.

    Nevertheless, the metro UI keeps scaling up unnecessarily on the hdtv. In the pics below the left monitor is the hdtv.

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    I almost exclusively use the hdtv for metro apps, but at this size, it's horribly inefficient. Anyone know what's up?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Finally, found the solution just after posting.

    Hey guys, I actually found the solution for this.
    1. Bring up the Charms Bar
    2. Click Settings
    3. Click Change PC Settings
    4. Go to PC and Devices
    5. Go to Display
    6. Set "Change the size of apps on the displays that can support it to "Smaller".

    This will make the Metro UI smaller.

    Additionally, if you want even more tiles to fit on your start screen do the following:

    1. While on the Start Menu, Bring up the Charms Bar
    2. Click Settings
    3. Click Tiles
    4. Check "Show More Tiles".

    I think the setting should be called "Metro Scaling" or something else, cause it's not only the size of apps, but the whole UI. Also i think the default should be "Smaller".
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Win 8.1 - Metro Apps Scaling Oddly on Monitors of Same Res
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