Initially I wanted to purchase the Samsung 34″ Curved WQHD Monitor but after seeing it live in store, I wasn’t really sold on the unit. The colours weren’t as bright, the resolution was still not as good. Even though higher than 1080P you could still notice the pixels and I was afraid I might not be able to adjust to the extra space and had to move my head side to side.

So instead I decided to go with a 4K monitor, based on the detail of the screen. I was a bit skeptical at first as the stores demo computer was not setup properly and the default settings were used. I was worried that everything would appear microscopic. I chose the Samsung 28″ 4K Monitor (U28D590D)

The reason why I wanted to write this guide was to help out anyone out there who has purchased a 4K monitor and needs to set it up for comfortable use. I searched google using different terms and couldn’t really find a proper guide. Some blogs mentioned the accessibility settings but they did not go into any detail or step by step setup options.

Here are the settings I found that work the best for me:

Display Settings
Display Settings – Image 1

Screens Native Resolution: 3840×2160

PART 1 – Windows 8.1 Desktop

  1. Right Click on Desktop, Select Screen Resolution
  2. Click on – “Make text and other items larger or smaller
  3. Under “Change the Size of All Items” make sure to tick “Let me choose one scaling options for all my displays
  4. Then click on Custom Sizing Options
  5. Manually enter 175% or any other desirable percentage in the dropdown box, click OK
    (Note: After doing this it may take a little while for your screen to update or you may need to sign out and in.)
  6. Optional: If needed to you can also adjust some of the Windows Text options such as Title Bars, Message Boxes, Icons, etc. under Change only the text size and the drop down menus. Click Apply and give it a couple of minutes to adjust.
Change Scaling Options
Change Scaling Options – Image 2

PART 2 – Windows 8.1 Start Screen

  1. Access the charms menu either from the start screen or the desktop by pressing Windows + C
  2. Click on Settings, and then Change PC Setting
  3. Under Display > More Options change the option from Default to Larger using the drop down menu.
  4. Optional: Under Lock Screen – You can change your background Image to a 4K resolution image so your lock screen looks good and not pixelated.
  5. All done! Your Start Screen tiles should now be larger, as well as your lock screen image.
Display Settings
Display Settings
Start Screen - Default Settings
Start Screen – Default Settings
Start Screen - Larger Settings
Start Screen – Larger Settings

Above you can see the difference between the default and larger settings on the Windows Start Screen.

Some applications may not be designed with scaling in mind and may still appear microscopic or blurry when scaled.

Belove is an example with ESET Smart Security

ESET Smart Security on 4K is blurry compared to the rest of the Windows System
ESET Smart Security on 4K is blurry compared to the rest of the Windows System
System Tray Icons - ESET & Google Icons are pixelated
System Tray Icons – ESET & Google Icons are pixelated
Applications with No Scaling Supported
Applications with No Scaling Supported
Google Chrome UI Breaking
Google Chrome UI Breaking

Hopefully developers will start supporting 4K really soon especially big names like Google.

I hope this quick guide has helped you, if you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below

Thanks 🙂

Vlad