How to Fix Display Scaling Issues on Microsoft Surface

Perhaps the text on your Microsoft Surface looks too large, or perhaps it is so small that is it nearly unreadable. Maybe your apps are not responding to your touchscreen commands, and you don’t know why. These are just a few of the issues that can be caused by display scaling issues on your Surface tablet. Use the steps below to solve the problem.

Step 1: If your tablet is currently running Windows 8, update to Windows 8.1. Microsoft says that a simple update can fix many display scaling issues. If it works, a simple software update is definitely the easiest way to solve display scaling problems.

Step 2: If an update doesn’t work, or if you don’t want to update your Surface for whatever reason, then reducing the scaling for Windows is your best bet. This will change the sizes of text and other items throughout your tablet. To reduce scaling, swipe in from the right edge of your screen, select “Search,” type “text” in the search bar, and select the “Settings” menu that comes up.

Step 3: In the Settings menu, tap “Make text and other items larger.” You will see a heading that reads “Change the size of all items.” From this list, select “Medium (125%),” and then tap apply.

Step 4: Log out and then back in for your new settings to take effect.


Being able to enlarge the text and other items on your Surface screen can be a great customization option, especially for someone who is visually impaired and has trouble reading text at the default size. Unfortunately, tinkering with the display scaling can sometimes have unintended effects on the rest of your tablet. By using the steps above, you should be able to resolve the issue easily.