Chrome (& chromium) browser scale is bigger than the rest in Windows10


  1. Posts : 31
    windows 10
       #1

    Chrome (& chromium) browser scale is bigger than the rest in Windows10


    Hi there,

    Something happened after one of the latest Win10 updates.
    I use a UHD monitor and in order to have a reasonable good scale, I changed the scale size under the Display settings up to 125% as that's the perfect spot for my eyes.
    Something happened lately though, as now the scale seems something like 150% (or maybe more) in Chrome (and so in Vivaldi or other chromium based browsers). Even the icons, the address bar and the other parts of the UI looks bigger.
    Firefox still looks good, as well as the rest of all my other software.

    Any hints?
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    Try this. Close all your open programs and reset the scale back to 100%. After, put it back to 125% and check if the problem is still present. Also, you can always try to reinstall Google Chrome.
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  3. Posts : 31
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you, mddc1010

    I tried both options, no luck.
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  4. Posts : 118
    Windows 10
       #4

    This isn't the first time i've seen someone report this issue. I've seen it on r/chrome and the Google Product Forums too. Haven't seen a solution posted yet though.
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  5. Posts : 31
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Dirk Gently said:
    This isn't the first time i've seen someone report this issue. I've seen it on r/chrome and the Google Product Forums too. Haven't seen a solution posted yet though.
    Thank you for chiming in, Dirk Gently. The fact that you haven't seen a solution is not encouraging, but actually, I was noticing the same thing. I've been looking through forums and blogs and so far I couldn't find anything. I'll probably leave it as is for now, I can always adjust the zoom in Chrome manually. Probably, when the new Edge based on Chromium will come out, Microsoft will take some time to address this issue.
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  6. Posts : 14,214
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #6

    I've seen a couple of instances where Chrome looked better by clicking in the middle of a page, holding the Ctrl and pressing the += key or _- key to increase or decrease the size or using Ctrl plus the scroll wheel to do the same. It appears to affect only the pages on that tab.
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  7. Posts : 31
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I ended up tweaking the global setting for the zoom, so all pages now open at 75% zoom level.
    It's a workaround, it's an odd issue but at least now it looks consistent with the other programs.
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  8. Posts : 31
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Another workaround that seems to fix the overall Chrome window better is this:
    (source: Fixing common Google Chrome Scaling Problems on Windows 10)

    Method 2: Turning off display scaling for higher DPI settings
    Learning how to disable display scaling for higher DPI settings is also one of the best solutions to the problem. Essentially, what youíre going to do is set Chrome to ignore the Windows display settings. To do that, you just have to follow the instructions below:

    1. Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut on your desktop, then select Properties from the menu.
    2. Once the Properties window is up, go to the Compatibility tab.
    3. You will see a ĎDisable display scaling on high DPIí option. Make sure that the box beside that is selected.
    4. Save the new setting by clicking Apply and OK.
    5. Restart Google Chrome and check if the issue has been resolved.


    It is worth noting that this solution works best on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. On the other hand, it might not be applicable for older versions of the system.
    In my case, this is what I did:
    Chrome (& chromium) browser scale is bigger than the rest in Windows10-snipaste_2018-12-22_06-14-22.png

    Now the overall UI looks consistent with the rest of Windows general scale, except for the tabs which now show a tiny text.
    Again, not perfect, but very close.
    Hope this can help others in the same situation.
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