I need to change the DPI settings. How do I do that. Using Windows 7.

I trying to download an income tax filing program. The first thing it tells me is that my DPI settings are 120. I am told they should be at 96. How do I change that?

Hi Marce,


Thank you for posting your question on Microsoft Community.


After going through your post, it appears that you need assistance to change DPI settings.



In-order to edit the DPI settings, refer to these steps.

1. Open the Control Panel (All Items View).


a) Click on the Display icon.


b) Go to step 4.




2. Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize.

a) Towards the bottom left corner, click on the Display link.

b) Go to step 4.




3. Right click on an empty area of your desktop and click on Screen Resolution.


a) Click on the Make text and other items larger or smaller link.


4. You will now see this screen.


5. To Select a DPI Size -


a) Dot a size that you want for the Display DPI size. (See the screenshot above.)

 •Smaller - 100% = 96 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)

 •Medium - 125% = 120 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)

 •Larger - 150% = 144 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)


b) Go to step 7.


6. To Set a Custom DPI Size -


a) In the left pane, click on the Set custom text size (DPI) link.

b) To the right of Scale to this percentage of normal size, click on the drop down arrow and select a percentage you want the DPI size to be.

Note: You can also click and hold on the Inch Scale below this and drag it to change the percentage.

c) If needed, check the Use Windows XP style DPI scaling box to make text and items clearer in programs that are not designed for higher settings than 96 DPI (100%).

Note: See the TIP box at the top of the tutorial.

d) Click on OK.


7. Click on the Apply button.


8. Click on the Log off now button to apply the DPI changes.

Note: This will log you off immediately. Be sure to save anything you are working on before you click on this.


9. Restart the computer.


Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need assistance with Windows, we’ll be glad to assist you!

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