Screen Scaling on a high DPI client


I am using WSE RemoteApp on a Surface Pro (small screen, high resolution) and was wondering if there was a way, like there is in remote desktop, to scale the application windows so they aren’t so small.



  • You must to post comments.
Good Answer

If you are using Windows Server 2012 R2 or greater (i.e. WSE RemoteApp 2012 R2 or greater) and a client PC that is running Windows 8.1 or greater (or Windows 7 with the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 Update for Windows 7 SP1 installed), then the RemoteApp programs will automatically scale to the proper size for you. For all of the details see:

Resolution and Scaling Level Updates in RDP 8.1


Scenario 5: RemoteApp programs on high DPI devices

On a system with a higher scaling factor, RemoteApp programs running side by side with a local application will now appear to be the same size and be just as easy to read. No more RemoteApp programs appearing smaller than local applications and being harder to read.

I run WSE RemoteApp 2016 and WSE RemoteApp 2012 R2 from a Microsoft Surface Studio (large 28″ screen with high 4500 x 3000 resolution, and 200% scaling) that is running Windows 10, and all of the RemoteApp programs scale just fine on it.

Other than that, if you’re having DPI scaling issues with only a specific RemoteApp program, then you can try using the “Disable DPI awareness” setting on it as follows:

1. Open the server Dashboard and go to the “WSE REMOTEAPP” page.

2. Click on the “RemoteApp Programs” subtab.

3. Double-click on the published RemoteApp program that you’re having an issue with, and check the “Disable DPI awareness” checkbox on the first panel of the RemoteApp Properties wizard that appears.

4. Complete the wizard to save your changes.

5. Sign out (not just disconnect) and then sign back in to your WSE RemoteApp sessions to reflect the changes.

  • dancrausch
    Thanks. I have an older server, but the “Disable DPI awareness” checkbox worked for me. dan
  • You must to post comments.
Showing 1 result
Your Answer
Post as a guest by filling out the fields below, or you may to post using your existing user account (register to create a user account if you do not already have one). Guest's questions will be moderated before being posted. NOTE: Your email address will not be published, nor will it be used for marketing purposes, etc. (as per our privacy statement).
Answer Details*
File Name Size
There are currently no files uploaded.
Maximum number of files 4, maximum file size 5MB.
Supported file formats: gif jpeg jpg png

Featured Questions

Recent Questions & Answers

Q&A Toolbox