How to Configure Display Scaling in Windows 10

Using multiple screens is a great way to organize your work (or watch Netflix while working), but it can be annoying to have to drag windows between the monitors.

While windows can appear correct when viewed from the main desktop when you move them to a second monitor with a different resolution they’ll change in size. This can be a huge inconvenience to people using dual monitors for a variety of reasons, from editing images and video to simply trying to fit multiple documents on one page. To alleviate this problem, Windows 10 comes with a pre-display scaling feature.

This keeps your windows consistent between different-sized screens, and it’s hugely useful. Find out how to set it up with our step-by-step guide.

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How to use display scaling in Windows 10

  1. You can find the scaling options by hitting the Windows key (or clicking on the Start button) and typing “scaling” into the search field. The setting you want is called “Change the size of the Apps on the screen”. You can also choose ‘Settings’ from the start menu and click on ‘System’ > ‘Display’ to access the ‘Scale and Layout’ options.screen_scaling_cortana
  2. Windows 10 will open the display settings as below. If you haven’t already connected your second monitor, you’ll need to do that now before continuing.screen_scaling_plug_in_extra_monitor
  3. Select “Extend these displays” from the dropdown menu, and tick the box to indicate which of the two is your main screen. Windows 10 also lets you virtually rearrange your desktops, so you can specify which monitor is on which side, and optionally adjust the relative heights of your displays by dragging the screen images up and down. Once you’ve told Windows how your screens are set up, click Apply to save changes.extend_and_make_main_display_settings
  4. By default, Windows will use the same scaling for both of your screens. If you want to increase the size of windows on your second monitor, simply return to the Display settings. Click on the screen whose scale you want to adjust, then drag the slider marked “Change the size of text, apps, and other items” to the right to increase the size of windows. To save changes, just click Apply.windows_the_same_size


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