How to disable DPI scaling and DPI aware software such as Microsoft Office.

original title: DPI scaling and DPI aware software such as Microsoft Office.

Does anyone know how to disable DPI scaling (or how to custom scale) in DPI aware software?

In particular, how do I disable display scaling in "Microsoft Office 2010"?

Checking disable in properties doesn't work like it does for non Microsoft programs. 

I have a 1440x900 display and for most tasks, I prefer the screen to be about 4' from me and thus generally use DPI scaling. The problem is that in MS Office, the toolbar ribbon take up >25% of the screen on this setting. Hiding the ribbon is an option but if I could selectively disable scaling (like I do with Chrome) - all my problems could be solved.

Thanks for any advice/input!


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Last updated April 15, 2020 Views 13,400 Applies to:
Thanks for your insultingly empty reply. I wonder if your reply is just an automated reply.

Well, I was going to respond to Fahimulla K and politely point out that they may have misunderstood your issue in that you seem to have the "how-to" down for, "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" in the Compatibility tab of most programs.  Then point out that what you were seemingly saying is that the Microsoft Office 2010 programs did not seem to allow this (the selection is not enabled - grayed out - so you cannot select it) - but you decided to go another (more rude/crude) route before I got a chance.

This will not win you any favors around here - this is mostly a peer-to-peer (user-to-user) forum.  A little politeness for the people volunteering their time (and as far as I know - the actual Microsoft Employees that post here are still doing so of their own choice, not obligation) goes a long way.  A little rudeness goes even further - but not in the direction you'd like.  *grin*

However, I had planned on looking into this because it intrigued me, so despite the generally rude responses by you in both of the posts I have found from you so far - I am going to post the results of my research (and the steps I took) here in case it might help someone.  I will likely respond to the other post and link to this post as well.

At this point, despite having access to several computers, some with Office 2007 still and others with 32-bit Office 2010, I had not found the time to test and see if this is related to just Office 2010 64-bit or not.  I have confirmed this setting does not seem to be available in Windows 7 (64-bit) for Microsoft Office 2010 individual products (64-bit versions.)

One interesting thing I did find in the Microsoft Knowledge Base was "Graph Chart object scale is reduced inside the bounding box when you insert it into a workbook in Excel" where they actually have you changing the setting through the Task Manager --> Processes tab.  This does not seem to work (still unavailable) for the regular products (Word, Excel, etc.) as it says it does for GRAPH.EXE.

So in doing further research and without further information from you (like the possibly critical details that you likely have 64-bit Windows 7 and 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010) and testing on a machine with 64-bit Windows 7 but 32-bit Office 2010 - I note that the checkboxes under compatibility settings are available.  I first thought about this possibility when I noted a part in this article:
... where they state, "NOTE: If the Compatibility options are grayed out, then it is a 64 bit program and cannot be changed."

So - I would say the second part of the response from Fahimulla K would be a great place to start (and you have done so, looking at this post from you in the Microsoft Office forums... about a minute after posting this one here.)

I think you may just be out of luck though - *if* you need to run the 64-bit version of Office 2010 that is.  Even Microsoft (for the longest time - maybe still) recommended and installed the 32-bit Office 2010 products by default.

Not for the reason being discussed in this conversation; although it is an interesting conundrum and would not be limited to just Microsoft Office - but any 64-bit application you might install.  Their idea was that generally there were few 64-bit plugins and even trouble with the 32-bit plugins that existed/exist for Microsoft Office.

My suggestion, if my assumption about which architecture of Microsoft Office you have installed is correct, would be to uninstall Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit and install Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit.

Hope that helps someone.

Shenan Stanley
MVP 2005-2011 & 2013-2015
Insider MVP 2016-

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