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[Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:59 am
by BurleighBill
New laptop running Windows 8.1.

Downloaded latest version of Open Office 4.0.1 and got it configured. I noticed on OO and some of the other programs I've installed that they appear blurry or fuzzy in appearance. I searched these forums and did not find a solution. Suggestions to turn off hardware acceleration and other view options did not work.

Elsewhere online I found discussions of dpi scaling. On newer higher resolution monitors, some applications which are not "dpi aware" apparently don't work well with this technique.

The solution was to find the soffice.exe file in the File Explorer. In my case the default installation location was c:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\program\soffice.exe. Right click the file, choose Properties, select the Compatibility tab, and check the box to "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings." Now Open Office is super crisp!

This did the trick for my installation of Open Office. I used this same method on other applications, including Notepad++.

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:04 am
by m8ke
BurleighBill wrote:New laptop running Windows 8.1.

Downloaded latest version of Open Office 4.0.1 and got it configured. I noticed on OO and some of the other programs I've installed that they appear blurry or fuzzy in appearance. I searched these forums and did not find a solution. Suggestions to turn off hardware acceleration and other view options did not work.

Elsewhere online I found discussions of dpi scaling. On newer higher resolution monitors, some applications which are not "dpi aware" apparently don't work well with this technique.

The solution was to find the soffice.exe file in the File Explorer. In my case the default installation location was c:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\program\soffice.exe. Right click the file, choose Properties, select the Compatibility tab, and check the box to "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings." Now Open Office is super crisp!

This did the trick for my installation of Open Office. I used this same method on other applications, including Notepad++.


Thanks, Bill. I just found your solution when trying to figure out what happened with my Win 8.1 installation. The power of the internet!

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:45 am
by skebo
This did the trick for me too. Thanks to BurleighBill for posting the original solution and m8ke for the bump. Also thanks to AOO forums for having a search function that actually works.

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:19 pm
by Mamagistra
This worked perfectly for me, too, after my installation of Windows 10 blurred things up. Thanks so much! :)

Debra in TX

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:32 pm
by jperasso
I can't find a compatibility tab in windows 10 on soffice file. I have the same fuzzy problem

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:43 pm
by Bill
Are you looking on the Properties dialog for the soffice.exe file? The Compatibility tab should be there.

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:32 pm
by jperasso
well, I installed 4.1.2 and now I see it. it works!! Not sure if I just missed it before... don't see how I could, but who knows. thanks.

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:57 am
by jabarac
Worked like a charm for me on Win10. Thanks!!

Re: Resolved: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:23 am
by GBS
Thanks jabarac. FIXED. for Win 10
Program Files (x86), Open Office 4, Program, find Soffice, Right Click Properties, Compatibility, Change DPI Scaling Override, Put a tick in the box Override High DPI Scaling. Ok, Apply, Ok. All done. Thank you to everyone in the forum. :D

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 10

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:47 am
by Kujoe
Thanks heaps Burleighbill. I followed your post and it worked. Of course, in Windows 10 there are a couple of extra steps and easy to follow. If anyone has problems I will post the process. :D

Re: [Solved] Fuzzy / blurry appearance on Windows 8.1

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:50 pm
by John_Ha
I run 4.1.6 on Windows 7 and the box is ticked. I did not do it so AOO must have done it during the install.