| TechNote #175:
Tweaking MathType's appearance on high resolution monitors
The information in this document applies to:
You've upgraded to a 4K monitor and now MathType's toolbars all have a blurry
appearance, and even at a Small toolbar size
(Preferences > Workspace Preferences) it's too large.
In order to provide an optimal experience on high-DPI displays, MathType must
detect the DPI of the display that is being used and then scale its toolbars,
text, and screen layout appropriately. Since it's not yet equipped to handle
resolution of 4K monitors, it applies "display scaling", which fills in the gaps
between pixels with in-between shades -- in this case, something between the
gray background of MathType's palette buttons, and the black color of the
Here's a comparison. The 2 buttons on top are from MathType's symbol palette,
with a Medium toolbar size selected in Workspace Preferences and displayed on an
HD monitor (1920x1080). The button on bottom is with a Small toolbar size
selected, and MathType displayed on a 4K monitor (3840x2160).
Here's a closer view of the "less than or equal to" symbol from those
buttons, with both at the same scale:
At this scale, it's easy to see the anti-aliasing applied to the one on the
right. These are the "in-between shades" mentioned above. (The one on the right
is more vertically "opened" than the one on the left because of the scaling
MathType also applies when switching between toolbar sizes in Workspace
Preferences. This is not a factor in the fuzzy look we're describing here.)
To resolve the fuzzy appearance and restore MathType to its original sharp
appearance, do this:
- Navigate to this path:
- In the MathType folder, right-click the MathType.exe
icon, and select Properties.
- Select the Compatibility tab, then check
the box labeled Disable display scaling on high DPI
- Click Apply and then OK.
We hope this has been helpful. As always, please
let us know if you
have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.