Quick Tip: Blurry Fonts and Windows 10 (Picasa, ArcGIS)

Quick Tip: Blurry Fonts and Windows 10 (Picasa, ArcGIS)

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Windows 10 fuzzy text, yuck!

Another of those quick blog posts where I write something down so I don’t forget! 

I’ve recently ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 and I’ve found I had an issue with some ‘older’ programs having fuzzy fonts.  

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There are two fixes to this:

  1. Right-click the desktop
  2. Click ‘desktop settings’
  3. Click the word ‘display’ on the left and you should see something titled ‘Customise your display’
  4. Use the slider to ‘Change the size of text, apps and other items’, mine was at 125% you might try scaling it back to 100%.

However the above method changes everything, what if you’re generally happy with the resolution and screen sizes but only see those fuzzy fonts on some programs?

The followings programs (so far) I have encountered fuzzy text which I was bothered about :

  • Picasa 3 (yes I know I’m a dinosaur)
  • ArcGIS (10.2+)

So instead of use the first method to change all the text I have done it per-program.

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Use explorer to navigate to the ‘offending’ programs executable.  You can easily do this by right-clicking on the program on the start menu and selecting ‘open file location’.

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Once there select the ‘Compatibility’ tab and checking the ‘Disable display scaling on high DPI settings’,  click ‘apply then ‘ok’.

You should be good to go!

 

3 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Blurry Fonts and Windows 10 (Picasa, ArcGIS)

  1. The fonts and some graphics, particularly icons, are blurry for me. It isn’t just old programs, I find one of the worst is Edge.

  2. You are legend Sir. Thank you for this! But in Windows 10 for me the steps where slightly different: I had to right click on the executable and choose ‘troubleshoot’.

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