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I have a new Dell notebook with wide screen display at work (dell latitude d810 running on ati radeon mobility X600). This notebook
was shipped with default 120 dpi font size to make the fonts more readable (wide screen display is really cool, but now and than you want to read something on it as well ;-).

Anyway, if you use the default dell settings you may experience the problem with blurry images in Internet Explorer. This effect is due to the automatic scaling in IE6 and above. IE tries to resize the images so that everything looks the same as when everything is at smaller dpi, but does a terrible job at it, resulting in blurry and unreadable images.

 Change the following registry setting from 1 to 0 in order to disable this "feature":

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\UseHR

[1] Adjusting Scale to Higher DPI Screens (MSDN)

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2006 6:03 PM Blog | Back to top


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I also have the 810 and noticed the blurry images in IE.
Switching back 96dpi makes text so small, that reading it is very difficult.

I'll try your suggestion later. Hope this helps.
Left by Louis Haussknecht on Jan 10, 2006 6:47 AM

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Tried it this morning on a new Inspiron 6000 with the ATI 128 Video card - worked great!
Left by KK on Jan 28, 2006 3:32 PM

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Excellent tip - worked a treat on Dell Laptop
Left by Podders on Feb 06, 2006 9:09 AM

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I need help! I have a new Dell B120 and The picture quality is horrible. Can you help me?
Left by Gloria Smith on Feb 06, 2006 3:20 PM

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Location on my Inspiron 6000 is different but searching in the registry for UseHR and setting to 0 did the trick
Left by gmichel on Feb 09, 2006 12:31 PM

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Superb! Worked a treat on my new Dell Latitude D610. Cheers!!
Left by DM on Feb 13, 2006 8:12 PM

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Tried resetting the scaling, but this did not help. Instead, I reset the font size to Normal(96 dpi), which worked.
Left by Trevor on Apr 27, 2006 1:45 AM

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This worked perfectly, but I didn't know exactly how to do the registry edit at first (Start>Run>Regedit then follow to HKEY_CURRENT_USER >Software> Microsoft > Internet Explorer >Main and double click on the UserHR and change the 1 to 0)
Left by AML on May 04, 2006 1:47 AM

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thnx. this was the right tip to solve this ugly image effect (don't know who wants this setting anyway).
Left by W2SHN on May 14, 2006 10:12 PM

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Ah. Perfect. Not that I really want to use IE anyway, but when it's necessary, it's nice to have the images look as you'd expect them to.
Left by Alan on Jul 09, 2006 3:01 AM

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Thanks, got my laptop minutes ago and just did this - works great!
Left by Jared on Jul 14, 2006 4:37 PM

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Brilliant! It worked like a charm on my Inspiron 9300. Cheers mate!
Left by Marty Martin on Aug 24, 2006 4:54 PM

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Thanks so much! Worked beautifully.
Left by Jon on Sep 01, 2006 6:39 PM

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Thank you so much. IE looks a lot better now. But for it to work you must first restart the Notebook.
Left by Peter on Sep 15, 2006 4:26 PM

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Great..!!!! Just change the value of UserHR from 1 to 0 and restart you laptop. All the worries are gone. I did this on my Dell E1505 Laptop which has 15.4" WSXGA screen.
Left by Anurag Sinha on Oct 05, 2006 8:42 PM

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Great tip, thanks for the Step-by-Step, AML.
Left by Travis on Oct 19, 2006 6:52 PM

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the pictures look great now!! thanks! however is there any reason why the font now on some web pages is smaller??
Left by Jae on Nov 08, 2006 11:28 PM

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Brilliant thanks - worked a treat.
Left by Joes on Nov 14, 2006 12:07 PM

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Igor, you make me of such happiness! Pleased to be no more blurry!
Left by Bucky on Dec 07, 2006 3:45 AM

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I do not have the UserHR option under 'Main' on a Windows 98 system...any suggestions?
Left by monte on Dec 08, 2006 4:44 PM

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Easy fix - and it works! Thanks!
Left by MPS on Dec 09, 2006 11:06 PM

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Thanks, this worked great on my new Dell Inspiron E1505 with the ATI Mobility Radeon x1400 video card.
Left by Dan Sinnreich on Dec 10, 2006 8:42 PM

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Thanks, this worked great on my new Dell Inspiron E1505 with the ATI Mobility Radeon x1400 video card.
Left by Dan Sinnreich on Dec 10, 2006 8:44 PM

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P E R F E C T :)
Left by JM on Jan 17, 2007 6:14 PM

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Takk Igor, þú ert snillingur!
Left by Jói - Iceland on Mar 09, 2007 9:43 AM

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I have an Inspiron 1705 with Vista Home Premium, and useHR is not in the Registry! Argh!
Left by Jay on May 10, 2007 5:06 PM

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Thanks....I've been trying to figure this out for awhile now...Worked like a charm!!!

Also appreciate to AML, who broke down exactly where to go in the registry...great "for dummies" version :)
Left by Rena on May 15, 2007 12:53 PM

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I dont find the UserHR thing in my registry!!! How do I solve the blurry images problem?
Left by Smith on Aug 07, 2007 3:03 PM

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Thanks!!! I had been hunting for a web accelerator but figured the problem had to be IE specific because Firefox looks fine. This solved it prefectly on my Latitude D830.
Left by MCR on Aug 25, 2007 10:46 AM

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I can hardly read anything on this site Is it you or me?
Left by N Gordon on Sep 25, 2007 1:46 AM

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This not only fixed the blurry images problem, but fixed some alignment issues I had when developing a website in IE7.

Thanks a lot!
Left by TCL on Dec 15, 2007 7:30 PM

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So we have Microsoft playing god again with users computers.

Reminds me of this I found:

http://www.i-marco.nl/weblog/archive/2006/06/24/time_breakdown_of_modern_web_d
Left by Bob on Jan 29, 2008 5:17 PM

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:D Thanks! Worked perfectly for me!
Left by Angela on Feb 18, 2008 10:21 PM

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THANK YOU! This has plauged me forever, but I never got around to doing much research on it because I always use Firefox. I just had to debug a site in IE though and was fed up that the images were still displaying wrong. The registry edit you suggested fixed it. Awesome! Even though this post is two years old, it still helped me out! :)
Left by Lynn on Mar 07, 2008 6:18 PM

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Oh my! I love you!

Ever since I was fool enough to update my IE to version 7.0, it's had those hideous blurry images. Fortunately, I tend to use Firefox for just about everything... but I'm so thrilled to have that finally resolved.

Thanks!
Left by Jordan on Mar 08, 2008 8:30 AM

# Blurry Images in IE on Wide Screen HCL Laptop
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Hi,
I bought a new HCL laptop three weeks back and it worked fine till yesterday, yesterday night I deleted the cache in internet explorer.
After that the images in internet explorer are not getting displayed properly, they are blurred.

I tried to edit the registry, but there is not UseHR dword value in my registry.

Please give me the solution

Thanks in advance
Left by Umakanth Ravirala on Mar 14, 2008 7:24 AM

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Thankyou, this has been doing my head in for a year now! Sorted.
Left by Paul on Mar 15, 2008 10:18 AM

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I can't find the UserHR either. I have an Inspiron 1521.

Please help!
Left by Yesenia on Aug 20, 2008 1:08 AM

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I cant find this registry userHR, I have Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium.

Please Help .. . .
Left by Saroj on Aug 24, 2008 7:15 AM

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I cant find this registry userHR
Left by biswajit on Sep 10, 2008 4:54 AM

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hey plz give me clear way of that UserHR plz plz...i.e, step by step clearly....
Left by ajay on Sep 11, 2008 12:17 PM

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Blurry images appearing only at net browsing
Left by KARNAM murali on Sep 17, 2008 3:23 PM

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Blurry internet images appears on my DELL INSPIRATION 1501 note book kindly advice me to come out of this
Left by murali on Sep 17, 2008 6:38 PM

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I also do not have userHR in my registry
Left by Fay on Oct 18, 2008 12:06 AM

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Dear Friend,
I think the suggestions are very helpful to all the users.I too have my images on webpage blurred after I visited www.corbis.com.Last time it had the same problem and I had to format my c drive.But I would like to solve it.I tried to go to microsoft,-IE-Main,but there is no UserHR in my sublocations. Pl advise where to find and what If I dont have that subfolder of UserHR.
I look forward to your reply.

Regards,
Left by Nirav on Oct 18, 2008 2:33 AM

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i cant find user HR.... i move through regedit to main folder but henceforth user HR is not their .. i use office xp ... please help....
thanks
Left by Kartik... on Oct 26, 2008 10:12 PM

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if you don't have UseHR in your registry, right-click and add it. Select New - DWORD. Then modify it so the name reads UseHR (correct case and spelling a must!) then you can change the value to 1 or 0.
Left by steve on Oct 31, 2008 6:33 PM

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hi.
i didnt have UseHR in the registry
I added a new one.
and changed it to 0.
i restarted the laptop.
but its still not working
I am using 96 dpi settings
i have a lenovo 9QQ widescreen. recently bought.
can anyone help
Left by Haresh on Nov 02, 2008 11:44 PM

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I have similar problems in Dell LatitudeD630. Can some one help... How to change DPI to 96?
Left by Sharat on Dec 13, 2008 2:15 PM

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Worked beautifully eventhough I had my doubts. Don't forget to reboot Laptop. Mine is a Dell XPS M140.
Left by Dr. Crack on Jan 24, 2009 4:12 PM

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i'm using dell studio 1435. i tried the above mentioned , but i can't find - UseHK in Main --


Left by venkatesh on Jan 30, 2009 5:33 AM

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i'm using dell studio 1435. i tried the above mentioned , but i can't find UseHK in Main


Left by venkatesh on Jan 30, 2009 5:33 AM

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Not able solve the prblm plz help .. i cant find UseHR file
Left by ramu on Aug 29, 2009 5:31 PM

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i have just bought a hp Pavilion note book and when iam on the internet all the pictures on all sites are blurry how do i fix this?
Left by laura on Oct 09, 2009 10:37 AM

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I have Vostro 1500 and iamge is blurry on IE. I have format my laptop and installed latest IE but still same problem. Please help me.
Left by Arun on Nov 08, 2009 3:38 PM

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for those of you who don't see the UserHR options, it's b/c you have to click on main and then on the right hand side click on UserHR. I was looking for a subfolder at first too. It worked, but it just seems to make things smaller and took about 1 1/2 inches off the left and right margin. Thanks for the remedy though.
Left by Coco on Dec 09, 2009 4:48 PM

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Hi,
I have tried all the troubleshooting steps still I am facing the same problem as I am having assembled desktop. I too had make the changes in the registry and also changed the DPI settings and I formatted the system also.
Please tell me what to do next. If you can reply me on my mail it would be easier to me.

Thank you.
Left by Apoorv on Apr 20, 2010 4:19 PM

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I still have the same problem even after going to the registry to make the change. i'm using IE 8 on windows 7. Pls any help?
Left by Bee on May 16, 2010 11:54 AM

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Problem is most likely that you are viewing the page in zoomed in mode. In Internet Explorer, look down on the right hand corner, should say 100%, if it doesnt adjust. In Mozilla Firefox, press CTRL+0 (thats a zero).
Left by Doktor Dax on Jul 26, 2010 2:28 PM

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guys i have tried all the solutions you have suggested on my laptop, but found no change, my piece is acer aspire 5735z. guys im really frustrated to see the pics blur from last 1 month. please help from this.
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