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How to set custom screen resolutions on Microsoft Surface
In this tutorial, we will guide you how to add and set a right custom resolution to resolve the display scaling issues on your Surface when you working with old applications, multiple displays, and gaming.
Microsoft Surface comes with a high-resolution display packing millions of pixels for delivering as clear as possible to the human eye. However, it also causes issues when you are using some software or old applications that don’t aware of display scaling.
In order to fix display scaling problem, software developers need to rebuild their software to compatible with high DPI display. You can also fix this problem by adjusting your Surface’s display resolution and scaling to a viewable 100% display scaling. However, Windows 10 doesn’t include any 3:2 resolution options besides the default maximum resolution on your Surface (see image below).
Why do we need custom resolutions on Microsoft Surface?
There are a few more reasons why do we need a custom resolution.
- Working with applications that not support high DPI.
- Fix problems existed when working on multiple displays with different display scaling.
- Optimize gaming performance with a lower resolution and a right 3:2 aspect ratio.
Microsoft Surface Screen Resolution
Here is some information about native resolution and scaling and resolution at 100% scaling you might need when you want to add a custom resolution on your Surface.
|Device Name||Native Resolution & Scaling||Resolution at 100% Scaling|
|Surface Pro 3||2160 x 1440 (150%)||1440 x 960 (100%)|
|Surface Pro 4||2736 x 1824 (200%)||1368 x 912 (100%)|
|Surface Pro (2017)||2736 x 1824 (200%)||1368 x 912 (100%)|
|Surface Book||3000 x 2000 (200%)||1500 x 1000 (100%)|
How to add custom resolutions to the system resolution list?
To manage custom resolution, today, I want to introduce a tool named CRU.
- Download the CRU (Custom Resolution Utility).
- Extract the downloaded file.
- Open the CRU tool.
- To add a custom resolution click Add button under Detailed resolutions.
- Set values of your preferred horizontal and vertical resolution. In this case on my Surface Pro 3, I set 1440 for horizontal and 960 for vertical.
- Click OK to close the Detailed Resolution dialog.
- Click OK again to save changes.
- Restart your computer to apply changes.
Applying your new custom resolution
After you restart, now you can set your added custom resolution.
- Go to Settings > System > Display.
- Under Resolution, choose your new custom resolution (1440 x 960).
- Click Keep Changes to accept your new resolution.
Besides using the CRU tool, you can alternatively use a predefined screen resolution list made specifically for 3:2 aspect for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book with a regkey. For more information check out:
- Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 – high-dpi multi-monitor optimization regkey for alternate 3:2 aspect ratio resolutions
- Surface 3 – Intel Atom x7 (Cherrytrail) multi-monitor tweaks
Here is the benefit of screen resolution tweaks when working with multiple displays.