What to do if Chrome looks blurry in Windows 10, 8.1

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read
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A good number of Windows 10, 8.1 users have been complaining that the Chrome browser looks quite blurry in Windows 10, 8.1. We go through all the complaints and also suggest a few simple fixes.
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Yet another Windows 10, 8.1 problem is affecting users of the Chrome browser – now, a good number of them is reporting that the images and fonts look blurry in the Chrome browser. A while ago we were reporting that the mouse wheel was not working in the Chrome browser for some users and not it seems to be affecting the resolution.

Here are some of the complains:

I recently installed Windows 8 and i noticed that the screen puts a lot of strain on my eyes compared to Windows 7. It seems like the screen/text is blurry/fuzzy a bit putting strain on my eyes. It is not as crisp as it was in Windows 7. Almost too powerful? Anyone else experiencing this issue?

 

I updated Windows 8 to the Windows 8.1 Preview last night. I’m using a high-resolution Samsung SMS27A850 display (2560×1440).I noticed immediately that Chrome looks sort of blurry/fuzzy. It looked crisp in the previous version of Windows.

chrome windows 8.1 blurry solution

How to fix blurry Chrome issues

  1. Disable scaling
  2. Clear your browser cache
  3. Uninstall Helvetica
  4. Reset Chrome

1. Disable scaling

The solution to this annoying problem is quite simple, and here’s what you have to do. The problem is apparently caused by display scaling, and here’s how to fix it in Chrome. Right click on Chrome  > Properties > Compatibility> Disable scaling. That’s it! And you can do this not only for Chrome, but any other application or software that might seem blurry.

2. Clear your browser cache

If the problem persists, try clearing your cache and cookies. Keep in mind that this action may delete important browsing information so proceed carefully.

  1. Open Chrome > click on the three-dot menu
  2. Select More tools > click on Clear browsing dataclear chrome cache cookies
  3. You can either choose a time range or simply select ‘All time’ to delete everything
  4. Go to Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files > check both boxes > Clear data

clear chrome data

3. Uninstall Helvetica

Many users confirmed that uninstalling Helvetica fixed the problem. So, if you already installed this extension on your browser, try removing it as soon as possible.

4. Reset Chrome

If nothing worked, you can try to reset the Chrome browser. Keep in mind that by hitting the Reset button, you will delete all information stored by the browser.

  1. Click on the three-dot menu > select Settings
  2. Scroll down to advanced > click on Reset

reset chrome

Let us know which solution worked for you.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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