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.

Set Custom Resolutions on Microsoft Surface

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).

There is no preferred resolution

There is no 1440 x 960 (3:2 aspect) in the resolution list by default on Surface Pro 3.

  1. Why do you need custom resolutions on Microsoft Surface?
  2. Microsoft Surface Screen Resolution
  3. How to add custom resolutions to the system resolution list?
  4. Applying your new custom resolution
  5. Alternative Methods

1Why do you need custom resolutions on Microsoft Surface?

There are situations that you might need a custom resolution. Here is a few of those:

  1. When you are working with applications that not support high DPI.
  2. When you want to fix problems while you working on multiple displays with different display scaling.
  3. When you want to optimize gaming performance with a lower resolution and a right 3:2 aspect ratio.

2Microsoft Surface Screen Resolution

Here is some information about native resolution and resolution at 100% scaling you might need when you want to add a custom resolution on your Surface.

Device NameNative Resolution & ScalingResolution at 100% Scaling
Surface Pro 32160 x 1440 (150%)1440 x 960 (100%)
Surface Pro 42736 x 1824 (200%)1368 x 912 (100%)
Surface Pro (2017)2736 x 1824 (200%)1368 x 912 (100%)
Surface Book3000 x 2000 (200%)1500 x 1000 (100%)

3How to add custom resolutions to the system resolution list?

To manage custom resolution, today, I want to introduce a tool named CRU.

  1. Download the CRU (Custom Resolution Utility).
  2. Extract the downloaded file.
    Custom Resolution Utility files
  3. Open the CRU tool.
    CRU User Interface
  4. To add a custom resolution click Add button under Detailed resolutions.
    CRU > Add Detailed Resolution
  5. 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.
    CRU Add Custom Detailed Resolution Detail
  6. Click OK to close the Detailed Resolution dialog.
  7. Click OK again to save changes.
  8. Restart your computer to apply changes.

4Applying your new custom resolution

After you restart, now you can set your added custom resolution.

  1. Go to Settings > System > Display.
  2. Under Resolution, choose your new custom resolution (1440 x 960).
    Apply your new custom resolution
  3. Click Keep Changes to accept your new resolution.

5Alternative Methods

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:

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