How to switch between two DPI scale values via hotkey?

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    How to switch between two DPI scale values via hotkey?


    Hi!

    I'm looking for a solution (that's not morbidly difficult) to cycle between two DPI scale values.
    I need one for when I'm sitting at the desk and one for sitting at the couch. (I actually use a large TV screen, so both places are viable.)
    I find it rather impractical to go to settings all the time and change it in the dropdown menu.
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  2. Posts : 43,382
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       #2

    Hi, question has been previously asked.
    I have searched tenforums for you.

    Please see e.g.
    Hotkey For Scaling In Windows 10?
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  3. Posts : 175
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    So, no?
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    avada said:
    So, no?
    Incorrect. dalchina's link points to an AutoHotkey solution that more than one user said worked.

    You could investigate a PowerShell solution.
    I imagine this would involve a lot of studying & experimentation.
    My ditty - Batch file and PowerShell guides [post #16] - TenForums
    You might also find some guidance in the PowerShell forum - SS64
    One thought occurs to me - Do bear in mind that you might achieve the same outcome by changing resolution instead of scaling so do note any guidance you find out about that in that SS64 forum.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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    avada said:
    So, no?
    And thank you for your reply. I wonder if you understand that thread and the solution...

    And if you do, in what way does it not meet your needs?
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    dalchina said:
    And thank you for your reply. I wonder if you understand that thread and the solution...

    And if you do, in what way does it not meet your needs?
    Well, I guess it looks amazingly complicated, convoluted.
    Though I wonder if that Nirsoft app from the older thread can actually chang the scaling as well. Then it might be simpler usig that with Windows' built in hotkey functionality
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    avada said:
    Though I wonder if that Nirsoft app from the older thread can actually chang the scaling as well.
    Or use NirSoft NirCmd to change the resolution instead - as is illustrated in that dalchina post #2 in the other thread.
    I haven't seen anything in NirSoft to show that it understands display scaling. Not everything in Windows does either - I changed from scaling to a different resolution because scaling messed up columns in WMP.
    I use NirCmd for a variety of odd jobs and it is reliable.


    avada said:
    Then it might be simpler usig that with Windows' built in hotkey functionality
    Many people have found Windows hotkey functionality to be unreliable.
    But that wouldn't stop you running the NirCmd shortcuts directly. You should be able to pin them to the Start menu or the Taskbar for ease of use.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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    Try3 said:
    Or use NirSoft NirCmd to change the resolution instead - as is illustrated in that dalchina post #2 in the other thread.
    I haven't seen anything in NirSoft to show that it understands display scaling. Not everything in Windows does either - I changed from scaling to a different resolution because scaling messed up columns in WMP.
    I use NirCmd for a variety of odd jobs and it is reliable.



    Many people have found Windows hotkey functionality to be unreliable.
    But that wouldn't stop you running the NirCmd shortcuts directly. You should be able to pin them to the Start menu or the Taskbar for ease of use.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
    True that stuff don't understand scaling. It includes the taskbar.

    But, resolution changes aren' better handled either. As far as I can tell, the desktop has the same dumb behavior, since the nineties.

    What I founf is that hotkeys don't work for some reason if an app is in full screen mode, since Win7 at least. In XP they always worked.
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       #9

    For example? ....
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  10. Posts : 175
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    dalchina said:
    For example? ....
    Example of what? If you mean fullscreen apps, it's all of them.
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