Fix for Blurry SSMS in Windows 10

I recently got a new laptop with Windows 10. I noticed SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS 17.1) was looking a bit blurry on my laptop screen. On another screen, it looked fine though. The cause for this is easy to find in the display settings. My primary screen is scaled to 125%, while the other one is scaled to 100%.

display settings

The easiest solution would be to set the scaling to 100% of course, however, this makes other applications look worse. Another option is to set the scaling settings for SSMS itself. When SSMS is pinned to the task bar, go to it’s properties.

ssms link properties

In the Properties menu, go to the Compatibility tab. There you can override the high DPI scaling behavior. Set it to Application.

scaling settings ssms

Et voila, no blurry SSMS no more!

no more blurry ssms


Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Microsoft Business Intelligence consultant at AE, helping clients to get insight in their data. Koen has a comprehensive knowledge of the SQL Server BI stack, with a particular love for Integration Services. He's also a speaker at various conferences.

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