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Dual monitors on Windows 7 - How do I set a different DPI or text size on each monitor?

I recently got a new work laptop. It supports a really high widescreen resolution of 1920 x 1080. I have an external monitor too, so I extend my desktop to that. I use UltraMon to manage my separate taskbars and wallpapers.

I discovered that the computer came on the highest resolution with a magnification at 125%. When I moved it down to 100% I realized it's way too small and it hurts my eye, so I bumped it back up to 125%. This 125% looks bad on my external monitor though. How can I apply some sort of magnification on my laptop display, but not on the monitor?

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You have two options that are not directly related to magnification but may help you out.

  1. In Windows 7, use Display-> Screen Resolution to adjust the resolution of the specific display that is bothering you. This may not be perfect, but it's a quick fix.
  2. More specifically, if you have a Nvidia card in your laptop, NVIDIA Control Panel has a cool feature under 'Manage custom resolutions' that will allow you to set a custom resolution with finer control than Windows. Click 'Create' and the 'Bits per pixel' setting should let you lower or raise the bits per pixel setting to force a magnification increase or decrease.
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