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Resolution in games - 3/12/2018 11:56:17 PM   
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I need some help with managing screen resolution in most games. I play most of my Matrix titles on a desktop PC. However, I have some favorites loaded on my work laptop for when I travel. My resolution on the laptop is 3840 x 2160, running Windows 10. It's much newer than my desktop.

Anyway, most of the games I want to play on it have a text that is too small to read. I prefer small text, but it's just too small. I've been playing with lots of things like resolution, compatibility, etc. I can't seem to find the right recipe to make the text larger. Examples are TOAW IV and Distant Worlds. I can suffer through it in most games, but would like to understand how to fix it and be able to adjust it. I know I must be just missing something...any suggestions?
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RE: Resolution in games - 3/13/2018 12:06:59 AM   
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Check your Windows Setting in Display for Scaling and Custom Scaling to adjust fonts. Weird things can happen in-game with certain text boxes and other UI controls so you may need to play around.

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RE: Resolution in games - 3/13/2018 12:09:10 AM   
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Yea - there is a menu to adjust the size of fonts/text and it's set for 225%. I played with that a bit but it didn't seem to affect those games and the menus.

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RE: Resolution in games - 3/13/2018 1:40:53 AM   
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IF that is not working, you are really only left with dropping screen resolution to something the game can handle. Definitely a pain to do all the time, but your resolution in the vertical is pretty high compared to most game displays.

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RE: Resolution in games - 3/13/2018 5:06:40 AM   
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You may also want to look into something like Display Changer II. It lets you change/customize your display for specific applications/games. My normal display is 1920x1080. I use DCII to run some games in 1440x900 to give me larger text. I create a small script that uses DCII to fire up the game in 1440x900. When I exit the game, I get my normal resolution back. Pretty simple...

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RE: Resolution in games - 3/13/2018 3:58:45 PM   
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Hi uncc and Capn,

I think together you've indirectly solved my problem. I downloaded DCII. When I looked through all the selectors and switches, I thought "this is a bigger pain than just changing screen resolution". However, uncc proposed 1440x900 so I fired up the intel screen resolution app and changed to that resolution and everything is now at a resolution that works. So I'll just leave the app open and switch back when complete. If I need to do work in between, I can swap to my email and it's still manageable, just not my typical resolution preference. A simpler fix and I'm off and running (playing!) Thanks guys!

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RE: Resolution in games - 3/19/2018 5:57:05 AM   
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Now sure if this is relevant to you but you can force Windows to be full screen (in windows mode) if you so desire:

https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/17306/how-to-force-maximized-fullscreen-mode-in-any-game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoRJ7DcIGA4








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RE: Resolution in games - 3/19/2018 5:41:44 PM   
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[PUN]Anyway, to win you always need all the resolution you can muster[/PUN]

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