High DPI mode in Chrome 2

I’ve recently been using a small laptop with a high-res display – 1920×1080 in a 13″ laptop. Not quite Apple ‘Retina’ standards, but running IE11 on Windows 8.1 looks great. However Chrome looks like a blurry bag of spanners, it’s obviously being upscaled rather than natively rendering for a higher-dpi display. Lots of posts on the internets talk about this feature becoming available in Chrome 30 – and that’s what I’m running. Bumgrapes :(.

A little digging through however revealed that the feature has been implemented but it’s not fully ready for mainstream. You can enable this from the command line using the –high-dpi-support=1 command line flag. That’s great for a browsing session started from a shortcut, but I want all my Chrome windows, no matter where the originated from to run in this High DPI mode.

In order to enable this feature for all your chrome sessions, enter chrome://flags in to the chrome address bar. Search this page for High DPI, and you’ll get an option to enable the feature permanently.

It’s obviously not ready for prime-time yet, there are some ragged graphics in the Chrome chrome, and sometimes some weird artefacts in the tab bar, but my text is now rendered nicely and crisply – I’m happy!

2 thoughts on “High DPI mode in Chrome

  1. Reply lindydonna Dec 20, 2013 8:22 pm

    You can also right-click on your Chrome shortcut, bring up properties, and click the “Compatibility” tab. Then check the box for “Enable display scaling on high-DPI devices.” That will make the browser rendering look good, while the window elements will be a little weird.

  2. Reply Tim Myers Jan 6, 2014 10:09 am

    That works too – but the setting only applies to sessions started through that shortcut – so if Chrome’s your default browser and you click on a link in an email you don;t get scaled goodness.

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