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Google Chrome 15 for High DPI display

* Update - in version 17 Google finally have added ability to set zoom factors like 125% and 150%. This makes Chrome perfectly suitable for High DPI browsing out of the box. This article is kept for historical reasons only. *
* Update 2 - some people getting blurry Chrome 17 out of the box on High DPI displays. To solve this, open Task Manager, right click on Chrome.exe process, Properties, Compatibility, tick "Disable Display Scaling on High DPI", restart Chrome *


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Previously I have posted an article about common problems with and choosing the best web browser for High DPI displays.
Since then, Google addressed situation somewhat - they've introduced some experimental default zoom setting support to Chrome. However, I still prefer some alterations kept from my previous patches, so I am still making customized versions.

  • I've made zoom scales as 125%, 150%, 175%, 200%. 150% is results in much more high-quality raster scaling and less layout problems with some sites than 144%.
  • I've added "High DPI aware" flag in the exe manifest, to prevent compatibility layer from scaling Chrome window (and making it blurry)
So there is a stable Chromium 15 updated for High DPIhttp://www.mediafire.com/?p7l9sx6mborb9u4
Same, in the .patch form - http://www.mediafire.com/?6gg5csvly6uld2x
You may need to follow these steps to set the default zoom level:
  1. type "about:flags" in the URL box and open it, this will open experimental settings page
  2. enable "Tabbed Settings"
  3. after that go to Chrome "Options" menu, it should bring you to *new* Settings page and you will be able to change default page zoom on the "Under the Bonnet" tab
Have a great WUXGA web surfing experience! :)

  • 05/06/2011 - rebuilt from latest Stable 11.0.696.71
  • 21/11/2011 - rebuilt from latest Stable 15.0.874.121

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