Change the Windows screen resolution and scaling settings if you have a blurry screen under normal desktop conditions. Please enable ClearType if text appears blurry, or add more power to the problem by enabling “High Performance” graphics mode in affected applications. A driver update can also help fix visual issues.
A fuzzy or fuzzy screen can make using the Windows 11 desktop and its apps a miserable experience. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to fix the problem, from changing your settings to updating your drivers.
Change resolution and scale settings
There is a difference between the scaling and resolution settings in Windows. Setting both correctly can fix usability and rendering quality issues, such as a blurry screen.
A low-resolution display could be described as “blurry” since lower resolutions result in larger visible pixels. The scaling setting allows Windows to scale the UI (user interface) up or down based on pixel density so that UI elements do not appear too small on a monitor with a high pixel density.
Both can be adjusted in Settings > System > Display. First, increase your screen resolution to increase the pixel density (Windows will have a “recommended” setting for your screen). You can then set the scale independently on any of your attached monitors.
Enable ClearType for blurred text
If text appears blurry, pixelated, or hard to read in Windows 11, adjusting your font settings to make sure ClearType is enabled can help. This should be enabled by default, but it’s worth checking if you’re having issues with font rendering.
Go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts and click the “Related Settings” dropdown button. In the menu that appears, click the “Set ClearType Text” option, and then make sure that “Enable ClearType” is checked in the window that appears.
Hit “Next” and run the ClearType Text Tuner to make sure your display is set up for the best results. You’ll need to choose the text swatches that you feel are best for adjusting the way Windows renders fonts on your screen.
RELATED: How to modify ClearType in Windows to improve screen readability
Blurry apps? Enable High Performance Graphics Settings
If your screen is blurry in a particular app, you can try to force Windows to use high performance settings all the time. To do this, head over to Settings > System > Display > Graphics and nominate an app. You can select from the list of preloaded applications or press “Browse” and find the EXE file you want to target.
Now press “Options” and choose “High Performance” in the window that appears. Press “Save” and try to start the application again. This should cause Windows to throw everything it has into the app, even if you’re using a laptop on battery.
Primarily, this will affect performance, but it can also affect image clarity. You should be able to increase graphics settings, such as resolution and detail levels, without worrying about Windows slowing you down.
Consider a graphics driver update
Updating your graphics drivers is essential to keep up with the latest versions. New drivers can fix issues like slow performance, frequent crashes, crashes, and rendering issues like blurry images.
You can do this by using the utility that came with your graphics card such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience (or perform driver updates without GeForce Experience) and AMD’s auto-detect and installation utility. If you have Intel ARC or Intel Extreme graphics, you can use the Intel Driver and Support Assistant.
New driver updates can improve the performance of features you’re already using, especially enhanced solutions like NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). This was especially true when AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) went from spatial to temporal scaling, resulting in a better quality image.
Sometimes graphics card driver updates don’t go as planned, leaving you in a worse state than before you started. Learn how to recover from a bad GPU driver update. Lastly, if your screen is blurry because it’s covered in dirt, be sure to prevent damage by cleaning it properly.
RELATED: How to fix screen flickering in Windows 10