Having Google Chrome scaling issues? Here’s how to fix them

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
Windows & Software Expert
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  • Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world, but even the best browsers can encounter errors.
  • Many users reported scaling issues with Google Chrome.
  • Fixing scaling in Chrome is simple, and you just need to change Chrome launch parameters or try our other solutions.
  • Are you experiencing additional problems with Chrome? If so, be sure to check our Chrome hub, for more great guides.
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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 do 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

  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)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.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

  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.

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