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I've been sticking with standard definition screens because a long time ago there were some scaling issues with various things in windows where some checkboxes would sometimes appear really tiny, or sometimes a menu icon or popup window, etc. would be really tiny when using a scaling factor for a high resolution screen.

 

Do you run into any scaling problems in 2022 with windows 10 and an uhd monitor resolution?

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It depends on the app.  Most current versions of mainstream apps work great at different scaling ratios.  I have some business apps that don't behave properly.  (Java apps are frequent offenders.)

 

If an app is not behaving properly, you can go to compatibility settings on the EXE, advanced / override scaling behavior, and set it to "System" scaling.  That will make it run as if it was at 100% scaling and Windows will do bitmap scaling to blow it up to the size that it needs to be for your high-DPI display.  So, it will be the right size but it might look a little bit blurry as it has been scaled up.  I haven't run into any misbehaving apps that can't be "fixed" in this manner.

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Under Advanced Scaling factors,  it allows you to enter a custom scaling factor between 100 and 500% but says (not recommended).

 

Do you stick with the preset scaling factors of 125% or 150% to keep it "even" vs. say 135%? Is the custom scaling factor "not recommended" because it causes noticeably more overhead and/or would a custom scaling factor have more noticeable visual glitches or lack of sharpness/etc.?

 

I've been using a 30" screen at 2560 x 1600 (101.4 pixels perinch).
I'm thinking of trying a 32" at 3840 x 2160 (137.68 pixels per inch)

 

So I think the default 125% or 150% will make everything either slightly larger or slightly smaller than I'm used to.

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If you use an "advanced" custom scaling setting, you lose the ability to set a different scaling level for each display connected.  It becomes one scaling level for all displays for the duration of your Windows session.

 

Also, applications that properly support high-DPI may have assets for the stock scaling levels but not for any custom level, so some things like toolbar icons / etc. may have a funny blur filter applied if you are using a custom scaling level.

 

I'd suggest that you try the stock ones first, I think you'll be able to find one that is satisfactory (even if it is a little bit different than you're "used to").

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