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UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/18/2020 9:56:23 PM   
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After I upgraded to a 4k monitor dwu became almost unplayable due to the tiny font size and couldn't find any fixes online. Then it struck me its probably a scaling issue so I tried disabling scaling in the compatibility tab and bang it worked!

Now the ui looks just like it does on the optimal resolution without having to resort to changing the desktop res which caused the game to look blurry and unreadable even if it enlarged the ui.

My method was to make a shortcut of the exe out of the steam folder to the taskbar then shift right click to access properties and go to the compatibility tab.

Check 'run this program as an administrator' then click the change high dpi settings button.

Once on that screen check the 'override high dpi scaling behavior' and set the drop down menu to 'system(enhanced)' and then apply the settings.

Now when you use the shortcut to start dwu the ui should be normally scaled and clear depending on your displays scaling hardware.

Enjoy!



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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/21/2020 9:29:14 PM   
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Hmm so many views but no comments? I remember quite a few complaints about font size for higher resolution displays. I guess the ole forum isn't as active as it used to be.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/22/2020 5:59:48 AM   
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Thank you SirHoraceHarkness!

Tried it and it works like a charm. Finally - after 2 years(!) of not playing DW because of this issue I will finally have the chance again. :)

P.S. having trouble with my account and being lazy to recover it, led me to cause some of the reads without writing any answer.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/22/2020 8:15:56 AM   
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Sweet. Glad to see it worked! I also posted this on the steam forums for dwu and it didn't work for win 7 from the one response I got. Are you on win 10?

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/22/2020 9:12:23 AM   
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Yes, I am on Windows 10.

Though I have to admit that I didn't see that particular compatibility option last time I tried to get it to work. Maybe I just overlooked.
Was it there in Win7 already?

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/22/2020 7:04:10 PM   
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Yes I think the extra options in the high dpi tab were added in the last major update as I didn't remember them either and I use the compatibility tab a lot to get older games to play nice on resolutions and such.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/29/2020 2:01:24 PM   
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Thanks for posting this tip, SirHorace! I don't have any 4K displays yet, but I'm sure I will one day as they are starting to become the standard. At that point this will be a very welcome nugget.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/29/2020 6:27:23 PM   
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Well hopefully before 4k becomes mainstream dw2 will be out with scalable ui. But yeah its certainly nice to be able to see text again. This should also work for any higher res display like 1440p or some of the ultra widescreens where the ui doesn't render properly.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 3/6/2020 2:46:55 AM   
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I did it too but to be honest I still can't play at 4K with my old eyes...

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 4/5/2020 11:03:05 PM   
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quote:

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I did it too but to be honest I still can't play at 4K with my old eyes...



Same here but I solved that by buying a cheap 55" 4k hdr tv with an hdmi 2.0b port so it can properly display a pc input at 60hz.

They are cheap as chips now and I highly recommend one if your eyes are getting a bit long in the tooth.

This is the model I bought as it got high ratings as a pc monitor and is still available for around $300 depending how how big a screen you want.

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/s-series-s405-4k-2018

There are newer models from that brand that are even better but so far this one is spectacular for pc gaming and youtube 4k hdr 60 content looks amazing.


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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 12/10/2020 7:11:20 PM   
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Nothing happens at all for me. But I have found another solution. I take pictures... Can't post links to pictures because I don't have 10 posts yet.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 12/11/2020 5:18:54 AM   
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Your solution worked for me Khan, thanks!

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 12/14/2020 10:09:19 PM   
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Does one really want to run software as an administrator? Seems like a potential breach of security ... no?

Am trying to remember what the industry standard resolution was in 2011/2014.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 1/17/2021 12:21:20 PM   
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quote:

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Does one really want to run software as an administrator? Seems like a potential breach of security ... no?

Am trying to remember what the industry standard resolution was in 2011/2014.


I assume that the exe for this game isn't some trojan waiting to take over your system and running exe as admin can clear up odd issues on some games.

Back in the 2011/2014 time frame according to the steam hardware surveys I looked up it seems 1080p was the most popular with 720p coming in a close second with some odd resolutions in between making up the rest.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 7/16/2021 11:34:38 PM   
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Ah! This works perfectly. Now I don't feel like I'm blasting my retinas out trying to understand things. Thank you!

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 7/28/2021 2:09:44 AM   
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For what it's worth, it isn't necessary (at least it wasn't for me) to check the "Run this program as an Administrator" checkbox. It works fine without it.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 8/6/2021 9:42:10 PM   
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Thank you SirHoraceKarkness
I had to abandon DW due to this very issue. Microscopic menus kinda ruined things.

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/7/2021 3:08:30 PM   
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wow thank you !

i have a 2k monitor and my current fix is setting 1080p and enable nvidia sharpening which works out quite well... but if this works out just as well or better i am of course game! gonna try it rigth away!

( in all earnest, 1080p with nvidia sharpening enabled is actually so fine that i'm contemplating to use this stance for those weird new games that seem to ask the most from the gpu i have ( per aspera comes to mind but also airborne kingdom )

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/7/2021 3:16:59 PM   
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It seems 1080p will remain prefered for now. The overwrite dpi option is grayed out. any suggestions?

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/7/2021 4:38:47 PM   
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quote:

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It seems 1080p will remain prefered for now. The overwrite dpi option is grayed out. any suggestions?


This only works for the latest win10 builds. Also are you logged in as admin on the profile you use since that can impact a fair few options due to windows security functions?

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/7/2021 6:52:22 PM   
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yes, using the latest windows version, and yes on the information screen the account says administrator

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/7/2021 7:02:27 PM   
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Dunno then. You are making a shortcut to the exe and going into its properties?

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/8/2021 2:12:32 PM   
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yea, i tried both the exe from within the game map and the shortcut i have on the desktop, it is the gog version btw that i have maybe that is the difference?

read something about how windows store apps have the option also grayed out because they are already at max graphic something, maybe my system makes a mistake with this?

i remember having other programs where the option is disabled too.

..................... ( checks current installed games ) ..........................

Spellforce 2, another gog game has also greyed out dpi settings but my installed steam games, galciv 3, total war three kingdoms ( here dpi overwrite is actually already enabled must be something preset ) and railway empire all have the option enabled.

It must be something goggy ;)

can't you guys arrange for me to buy the game through slitherine with some discount ? then i can check if that works too :D ;)

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/8/2021 2:19:57 PM   
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lol, just found an steam offer on hrk games for 1,09 euro .. guess i'll try that one out seeing other steam games also work ( its not that i don't have the money nor that i don't think the game is worth another 50 but you know.... dutch etc etc , sorry for the maybe misplaced pun ( in advance ))

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/9/2021 3:10:18 PM   
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I can confirm that, at least, the offline DWU installer provided by GoG prevents the overwrite. The steam DWU installation worked outstandingly. Also switched from aspect ratio scaling to numerical ( nvidia integer option from the nvidia command panel ) and feel that this decreases the blurred text a bit.

furthermore i found that scrolling the universe map had some initial stuttering which could be solved by unlocking the fps limiter. and of course some graphical instabilities, with the loading screen ( only the upper right quarter is visible ) and some distortion with texts not fitting into their boxes with the ship stances menu for example.

this is on a 2k screen with a 125% lettertype size increase

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RE: UI Fix For 4k Displays - 9/9/2021 6:05:29 PM   
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Dr Sleuth is in the house. Congrats on getting it to work!

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