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Change DPI Settings in Windows VISTA

VISTA is a little complicated.  We frequently receive calls asking us how to change various settings in Windows VISTA.

If you the data appears shifted or jumbled up on the HUD-1, changing the DPI Settings to 96 DPI or normal fonts will correct the problem you are experiencing.

1. Click on Control Panel.

Windows Vista Control Panel
2. Now type Adjust font size in the search box. It will take you directly to the link for the DPI Scaling Utility.

Windows Vista Adjust Font Size
3. Click on Custom DPI.

Windows Vista DPI Scaling

Click on 96 DPI which is normal font size if you are using the HUD-1 Software. If you want to further customize the DPI setting, continue to the next step.

At this step, we oftentimes receive a question that asks:

"I can get to the DPI section, but when I go to save the change, that portion of the screen isn't there because the box is too big for my screen...any suggestions???"

The solution is simple.  You can't see the OK button but if the cursor is on Default scale (96 DPI), then hit the tab key on your keyboard twice and that will move the cursor to the Ok button.  Then hit Enter on your keyword to accept OK.  So instead of using the mouse, your using the keyboard to hit OK.  After you do this, you probably want to change the screen resolution to something higher so that you can see the full box.

4. (Optional) Now adjust the slider for the text size, which suits your eye. That’s what we mean by 'eye friendly'!

Windows Vista Custom DPI Setting

This article explains how to optimize your application for high-DPI modes popularized by Windows Vista. Find out, which problems you would likely encounter during the process and how to solve them.

DPI mode in Vista and XP

Microsoft has supported high DPI modes in previous versions of Windows, but until now they were used only seldom. There were good reasons to avoid them, but most of the reasons do not apply anymore in Windows Vista. In Vista, selecting DPI mode is easy, the OS itself is optimized for these modes and delivers a superior user experience. Vista can deal with legacy applications that ignore DPI setting. The advances in computer hardware (LCDs, faster graphics adapters, larger memory chips) made it feasible to create DPI-independent applications and it is only logical that Vista encourages their development.

Selecting DPI in Vista

To switch DPI in Vista:
  • Right-click on an empty space on desktop and select "Properties" from context menu.
  • Click on "Adjust font size (DPI)".
  • Select one of the recently used resolutions.

To define your own resolution or to switch between XP scaling mode and Vista scaling mode, click the "Advanced" button.

    Switching DPI in Windows Vista

Selecting DPI in XP

To switch DPI in XP and previous systems, you need to:
  • Right-click on an empty space on desktop and select "Properties" from context menu.
  • Switch to the "Settings tab".
  • Click "Advanced" button at the bottom of the property page.
  • Select new value in the combo-box.
    Switching DPI in Windows XP

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