Question Lowering windows resolution to see better on my big screen, but still want to play games in 4k

Spitfire7

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Hi guys,

I have a large 65 inch 4k TV that I use as my monitor. I do editing, gaming, surfing, work, etc. and I love it.

However, when I set the desktop resolution to 4k, all windows and apps and programs become too small to see. Win11 has a scaling feature to where I was able to scale my icons and folder windows 200% to where its comfortable for my eyes. However, still some older programs such as Inkscape, or X-Plane 11 do not scale and remain too tiny to see.

For programs like inkscape, can I set my desktop resolution to 2k or 1080, but still play my games at 4k automatically, or when setting the desktop resolution, are all programs and games now based on a 1080 platform? This includes 4k videos on youtube. Will these 4k videos be limited to 1080 due to my desktop setting being 1080?
 

Spitfire7

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if you set 1080p desktop, then 4k youtube videos wont be at 4k, same applies to if you use 4k desktop with 200% scaling, that will also reduce youtube resolution
you can check by how much in youtube stats for nerds
Wow, I did not know that. Is this the same for games? So if I have my desktop set to 1080 on my 4k TV, but then use X-Plane and in the settings set 4k, will I be getting 4k in the game?
 

punkncat

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Actually, my experience is that you can set your desktop at 1080 and games options still avail the +resolution (monitor capable) settings while in menu. My own system typically just offers to restart the game to apply that setting. I find that this same situation is true in such as YT...

Of course, with this said, I don't have some setting on Afterburner that shows this to be so aside from framerate and temps....
 

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