The font size and UI components are too big for some applications, such as VirtualBox and Krita. I can fix this on a per-application basis by changing the "high DPI settings" under the Context Menu>Properties>Compatibility tab for the shortcut, but I don't want to have to change this setting for each and every application affected. This has only started happening recently, and I don't remember making any substantial hardware or software changes.

"Settings>System>Display>Change the size of text, apps, and other items" is set to 100% - changing it to something else and back doesn't fix the issue. "Advanced scaling settings" is not set.

VirtualBox - font too big

VirtualBox - correct font

Krita - font too big

Krita - correct font

  • Do you perhaps have a secondary display that is set to something higher than 100% scaling?
    – Daniel B
    Jun 3, 2021 at 18:14
  • I'm using a laptop that's hooked up to an external display, with only the external display showing most of the time. The laptop is set to 225%, but changing it to 100% doesn't fix the problem either.
    – loqusion
    Jun 3, 2021 at 18:17
  • It will fix the problem, after signing out and back in again.
    – Daniel B
    Jun 3, 2021 at 18:19
  • Maybe, but the laptop monitor has a high pixel density so it may not be a viable long-term solution. I'll try it though.
    – loqusion
    Jun 3, 2021 at 18:21
  • Welp, looks like that was the perfect solution after all. I'll post an answer now.
    – loqusion
    Jun 3, 2021 at 18:26

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My setup is a laptop connected to an external monitor. The setting located at "Settings>System>Display>Change the size of text, apps, and other items" was set to 100% for the external monitor, and 225% for the laptop monitor. I set the setting for the laptop monitor to 100% and restarted my computer (signing out and back in again may also work) and that fixed the issue. After I set it back to 225% and restarted, the font remained fixed.

  • If I use this, then everything becomes unbearably small on my laptop. Is there any way to modify this just for some specific programs and not others?
    – Glxblt76
    Jul 9, 2022 at 13:12

I had the same issues and searching through the internet for solutions for a few days came up nothing that the standard responses as above have indicated which does not solve the problem. I had my company IT tried a variety of options : advance display settings, rebooting, uninstall and reinstall Office 365 and they all do not work. Interestingly, when the IT expert login to my laptop with his own user login, the icons and fonts looked normal - which is what I wanted. He then tried to create a new user profile for me and voila ! Problem solved. Somehow the user profile must have been corrupted when some updates were executed - couldn't be sure what updates caused it but I suspect MS Office 365.


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