How to fix Google Chrome scaling in Windows 10

Matthew Adams
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The Chrome 54 update introduced some minor modifications to Google’s browser. Now Google Chrome automatically detects your DPI (Dots Per Inch) settings.

This has scaled up Chrome’s UI so that it’s more zoomed in for some who have Windows DPI settings above 100%. This is how you can restore the browser’s UI scaling back to what it was before the update on Windows 10.

How can I solve Google Chrome’s scaling in Windows 10?

Google Chrome is a great browser, but sometimes issues with it can appear. Many users reported issues with scaling in Chrome, and speaking of scaling, here are some problems that users reported:

  • /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 not working – If you want to make Chrome scale, you need to add a few parameters to its shortcut. However, sometimes these parameters won’t work properly. If that’s the case, you might be able to solve the problem with one of our solutions.
  • Google Chrome zoom problem – Zooming problems can occur in Chrome and negatively affect your user experience. However, you might be able to solve the problem by manually adjusting the zoom level in Chrome. In addition, you can also try to adjust the scaling in the Settings app and check if that helps.
  • Google Chrome scaling Windows 8.1 – Although Windows 8.1 and 10 are different, they can be affected by the same issues. If you have any problems with scaling in Chrome on Windows 8.1, feel free to try some of our solutions since they are fully compatible with Windows 8.1.
  • Chrome scaling blurry – Sometimes Chrome can become blurry after scaling. This is a strange problem, but you should be able to fix it by keeping your browser up to date.

1. Adjust Google Chrome’s Target Field

To fix this problem on Windows 10, users are suggesting to add a launch parameter to Chrome. This is rather simple and in order to do that, you just to locate Chrome’s shortcut and make a few changes.

To make changes to Chrome’s shortcut, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Right-click a Google Chrome shortcut you usually open the software with and select Properties to open the window shown below.
    shortcut properties Google Chrome zoom problem
  2. The Target field includes the path of the software, which could be something like “C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe.” Add /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 to the end of that Target field so it’s more like “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.” /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1.
    target field Google Chrome scaling Windows 8.1
  3. Click Apply and OK to close the Google Chrome Properties window.
  4. Note that you should also unpin and re-pin Google Chrome if you have a shortcut for the software pinned to the taskbar.

Your desktop shortcuts are not working in Windows 10? Check out this guide to fix the problem quickly.

2. Switch off Display Scaling for Higher DPI Settings

  1. Alternatively, you can also select an option that ensures Chrome ignores the Windows display settings. First, you should right-click a Google Chrome shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab on the Google Chrome Properties window as below.
  3. That tab includes a Disable display scaling on high DPI option. Select that option’s check box.
    override high DPI scalling Chrome scaling blurry
  4. Click Apply and OK to apply the setting.
  5. Restart Google Chrome if you had the browser open before selecting the Disable display scaling on high DPI option. Note that this option might not fix Google Chrome’s scaling in Windows 7.

3. Change the scaling setting in Windows

According to users, if you have any scaling issues in Chrome, you might be able to fix the problem simply by changing the scaling settings in Windows.

As you know, Windows 10 allows you to easily change your scaling size, and Google Chrome should automatically adjust its scaling. To change scaling settings in Windows, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app. Now go to System section.
    system Google Chrome scaling Windows 8.1
  2. In Scale and layout section set Change the size of text, apps, and other items to the desired value. According to users, 100% works best, but feel free to try other values if you have a larger screen.
    change the size of text Chrome scaling blurry

Once you change your scaling settings in Windows, the changes should be applied to Chrome and the problem will be permanently resolved.

Want to know if custom scaling below 100% is possible in Windows 10? Take a look at this guide to find out.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

4. Change page zoom level in Chrome

Before we start, we would have to mention that this is just a workaround. By using this method, you’ll change the size of the web pages you visit, but the size of Chrome’s UI won’t be affected. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner and choose Settings from the menu. Alternatively, you can just enter chrome://settings/ in the address bar.
    chrome settings /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 not working
  2. When Settings tab opens, locate Page zoom option and change it to the desired value.
    page zoom Google Chrome zoom problem

After doing that, the size of your web pages will be adjusted accordingly. Keep in mind that the size of your UI will remain unchanged, and if this isn’t the desired result, you might want to skip this solution.

5. Check if Chrome is up to date

If you have scaling issues in Chrome, you might be able to solve the problem simply by updating it to the latest version.

Keeping Chrome up to date will ensure that your browser is stable and bug-free, and for the most part, Chrome will automatically update itself. If you want, you can also check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner. Now choose Help > About Google Chrome.
    about google chrome Google Chrome scaling Windows 8.1
  2. Now you should see the version of Chrome you’re using and the browser will check for updates. If any updates are available, they will be automatically downloaded and installed.
    checking for updates /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 not working

Once your browser is up to date, check if the problem still persists.

Can’t update Chrome because of an error? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.

6. Reset Chrome to default

Sometimes scaling issues in Chrome can occur due to your settings or installed extensions. If you think that your settings might be the problem, you need to reset your browser to default.

This process is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings tab.
  2. Now scroll all the way down and click Advanced to show advanced settings.
    advanced chrome settings Google Chrome zoom problem
  3. Select Reset settings. Now click Reset button to confirm.
    /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 not working

After a couple of moments, Chrome will be reset to default. After doing that, check if the scaling is working properly.

Did you know that you can backup Chrome extensions? Check out this guide to learn how you can do it with ease.

7. Reinstall Chrome

reinstall chrome DPI settings not working chrome

If the issue will scaling is still present, you might want to consider reinstalling Chrome. Sometimes your installation might be corrupted and that can lead to various issues such as this one.

To fix the problem, it’s advised to reinstall Chrome and check if that helps.

It’s worth mentioning that there are several ways to remove Chrome from your PC, but the most effective might be to use uninstaller software.

In case you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application designed to remove other programs from your PC.

However, uninstaller software will also remove all files and registry entries related to the application you’re trying to remove. By using uninstaller software, you’ll ensure that files and registry entries don’t interfere with your PC.

If you’re looking for uninstaller software, we have to mention Revo Uninstaller. This application is simple to use, and by using it you can safely remove Chrome from your PC.

After Chrome is uninstalled, restart your PC and install Chrome again. Now check if the problem with scaling still persists.

If you want to completely remove any software leftovers from your Windows 10 PC, follow the simple steps from this guide.

Need more options? Check out this article to find the best uninstallers for Windows 10.

8. Consider using Beta on Canary version of Chrome

If you have scaling issues in Chrome, you might want to consider switching to the Beta version. The Beta version is still in development, but it might bring new features as well as bug fixes and improvements.

If you have issues with Chrome, switching to a Beta version might help you fix them. If you have sync enabled, all your extensions, history and bookmarks will be transferred to the Beta version allowing you to continue where you left off.

Keep in mind that Beta version might not be the most stable version, but it should work without any major problems for the most part.

If you want to try bleeding edge features, the Canary version might be just what you need. This version might not be stable as the Beta version, but it’s the first version that incorporates new features and fixes, so it might help you with your problem.

9. Switch to a different browser

UR Browser scalling problems in chrome

If you can’t get scaling to work properly in Chrome, you might want to consider switching to a different browser. Mozilla recently released Firefox Quantum update, so you might want to check it out.

If you’re not a fan of Firefox, other browsers such as Edge or Opera should support scaling, so feel free to try any of them.

You can also try UR Browser, if you want a browser that is focused on user privacy and security.

Even though this browser is similar to Chrome, it’s not associated with Google, so it won’t send any data to Google.

In addition, the browser has a built-in adblocker, tracking and privacy protection, as well as a VPN, so if you want a secure browsing experience, be sure to try UR Browser.

If you want a browser without scaling problems and focused on privacy, we recommend you to check out UR Browser.

So that’s how you can fix Google Chrome scaling without adjusting the Windows DPI settings for all software. Then the browser’s UI elements will not be zoomed in.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.