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

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by Matthew Adams
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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.
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6. Change page zoom level in Chrome

  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.


7. Check if Chrome is up to date

  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.


8. Reset Chrome to default

  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.


You can backup Chrome extensions. Check out this guide to learn how you can do it.


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.


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 April 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • To use scaling in Google Chrome right-click Chrome shortcut and choose Properties from the menu. Navigate to the Compatibility tab and uncheck Disable display scaling on high DPI option.

  • If your screen is big in Chrome, that’s due to scaling settings in Windows. To fix that, open the Settings app > Display and adjust the scaling settings.

  • To stop Windows from scaling, go to Settings app > Display and set scaling to 100%.

  • To turn off scaling in Chrome, right-click the Chrome shortcut and choose Properties. Head over to Compatibility and check Disable display scaling option.

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you revised the image for high DPI scaling, but not the text. what is the option to select using the new format? (The disable option does not exist!)

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