How to enable high DPI mode in Chrome for Windows 8.x PC and Surface Pro 3

Chrome with and without high DPI settings in Windows 8.1

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers out there and that’s just because it does a great job bringing the internet to our devices, but there is one problem: it still doesn’t fully support high DPI displays, which are starting to trend more often in laptops, Ultrabooks, tablets, desktops… You name it, everywhere!

And we’re now starting to see 4K monitors, which feature even higher resolution than current retina displays, so having applications with high DPI support is becoming a necessity more than a luxury.

For example, my Dell XPS 15 and Surface Pro 3 both have HiDPI displays and it is impossible to keep using Chrome, everything just look fuzzy and pixelated, awful. However the good news is that Chrome secretly does support high resolution displays, it’s simply not enable to the masses just yet, perhaps because it needs more development, but with a tiny workaround you can enable Chrome high DPI mode in your PC.

Basically all you have to do is to create a DWORD key called high-dpi-support and setting it to in the following Windows Registry path.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\Profile

Previously the registry key to modify was:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\Profile

But because this is a feature under development, it seems that Google still deciding where to locate the new option. Of course, eventually Google will ship Chrome with automatic support for high DPI displays, the only issue with that is that we need it now.

Warning: Modifying the Windows Registry can cause additional issues in your PC, make sure to backup the registry or the entire computer, before doing anything.

Now that you know what’s going on, you can download this file with the changes you need to add to the registry. Simply download and double-click to install. Once the Windows Registry is modified, restart Google Chrome to see the difference.

That’s all there is to it, now you should be able to enjoy browsing the internet with sharp and crisp text, images, and videos in your Surface Pro 3 or any other Windows PC with high resolution display.

This guide should work on Chrome 35 and higher versions of the web browser.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.