How to Change the Display DPI settings for PowerSDR

The DPI (dots per inch) setting controls the resolution of images on your computer.  Some programs can change this from the default Windows settings without your knowledge and by doing so, can adversely effect how the PowerSDR console is displayed on your monitor making it appear shifted or doubled in places on your monitor.  PowerSDR is a fixed format application that requires a DPI (dots/pixels per inch) setting of 96 which is listed as Normal for XP or in Win7 and Vista, this is listed as Smaller - 100%

If you change this value from the default, then the buttons will not align up properly on the screen.  Here is a procedure to check your DPI settings and change them if necessary.  Below are procedures for setting your monitor (display)/Graphics adapter for the Windows default of 96 DPI

Windows XP

1.) Right-click on an empty area on your desktop and go to Properties->Settings->Advanced

If the General tab is not displayed, click on it.

You will see a screen similar to the one shown below.

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 2.) In the DPI Setting drop down box, select Normal size (96 DPI)

3.) Click on OK when done.

4.) You most likely be prompted to reboot the computer for the settings to take effect.  Select YES to reboot your PC.

If you are not prompted to reboot your PC, reboot your PC anyway as this is needed to reset the DPI setting.

 

Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista

1.) Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize

NOTE: For Win8 users, you must access the Desktop as right clicking on the Start page will not bring up the menu.

This screen should be displayed:

DPI_change1.png

 

 2.) Towards the bottom left corner, click on the Display link. (see red box in screen shot above).  This will display the DPI settings screen (see below)

DPI_change2.png

 

3.) Change the Display DPI setting to Smaller - 100% = 96 DPI (Pixels/Dots Per Inch)

4.) Click on the Apply button. 

5.) Click on the Log off now button to apply the DPI changes. (See the screenshot below.)
WARNING: This will log you off immediately. Be sure to save anything you are working on before you click on this.

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6.) After the PC logs you off, log back on.

 

Windows 10

1.) Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Display Settings

This screen should be displayed:

3.) Move the slider circled above until the DPI setting is 100%

4.) Click on the Apply button.

5.) Click on the Sign Out Now button to apply the DPI changes.

WARNING: This will log you off immediately. Be sure to save anything you are working on before you click on this.

6.) After the PC logs you off, log back on.

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