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Is it possible to set the DPI of individual applications in Windows?

I want to increase the DPI of one or more applications but not the entire system.

Can this be done?

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It's amazing that they still haven't figured out that this is the one thing that would make high DPI displays entirely tolerable WAY before all the developers fix all their apps. –  romkyns Jul 25 at 0:54

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Is it possible to set the DPI of individual applications in Windows?

in a word, no.

it's a global setting

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very unfortunate –  QueueHammer Apr 8 '11 at 16:59
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still very unfortunate nearly five years later –  Simon Aug 6 at 2:52

Yes! it can be done.You can change the DPI setting of an individual application in windows but only if it supports. You can do this by following way-

If you have a few specific applications that support high DPI settings but don’t indicate it, you can configure that detail manually. To do so, right-click the shortcut that starts the application (in the Start menu) and choose Properties. On the Compatibility tab, enable the option named Disable Display Scaling on High DPI Settings. If you have a lot of applications to configure, this gets tiring fast.

Note: This will work just fine with Windows Vista and Windows 7 don't know about XP.

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I just tested the "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" on Windows 7. It does not cause text to be rendered "medium" when the global setting is "small" or vice versa. In other words, "Disable display scaling on high DPI setting" does not impact text size in the same way as CP->Display-Set Custom Text size (DPI). –  alx9r Nov 1 '12 at 16:28
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This disables display scaling; it does not disable high DPI. Display scaling is a backwards compatibility feature that lets bad apps render at 96 DPI and be scaled to whatever DPI the screen is set to (as a bitmap). Some older apps handle High DPI correctly but don't declare it, so they shouldn't fall into the "bad app bucket" that get blurry UI. This setting disables this scaling and tells the app what the real DPI is; it doesn't let the app run at 96 DPI as if DPI scaling were not enabled. –  Billy ONeal Mar 10 '13 at 3:50
    
If I have 13" my main laptop's and 19" external monitor, does that mean everything I see on my laptop's monitor will be too big? –  Boris_yo Dec 8 at 6:37

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