By Ellie / Last Updated August 1, 2023

How do I fix a blurry screen in Remote Desktop?

“When I use Remote Desktop from Windows 10 to access my office computer running Windows Server 2012 R2, the font is so blurry that it is practically impossible to read, let alone work. I really need a remote desktop to complete my work very frequently, so can anyone help me with this problem?”

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Three solutions to Remote Desktop blurry

It is quite annoying when you remotely control another computer via Remote Desktop but only find the screen is blurry. Here in this post, we provide you with three solutions to Remote Desktop blurry.

Solution 1. Change the display resolution

Reducing the remote desktop resolution might solve the problem. If your Windows 10 monitor is 2560x1440, connecting at this resolution will make the font blurry when the remote host is a Windows Server 2012 R2. Therefore, you can change the screen resolution of Remote Desktop to solve the problem.

Step 1. Open Remote Desktop Connection, and click Show Options. Then enter the IP address and user name of the host computer.

Show Options

Step 2. Go to the Display tab, move the slider under Display configuration to a lower resolution, then click Connect.

Low Resolution

Solution 2. Check Font smoothing

Another cause of the problem might be that Font Smoothing is disabled. Therefore, you can fix the problem by enabling it.

Open Remote Desktop Connection, and click Show Options. After entering the IP address and user name of the host computer, go to the Experience tab, check Font smoothing and then click Connect.

Font Smoothing

Solution 3. Turn off Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing

The cause of the problem may also be the anti-aliasing setting of the graphics card. Therefore, if you’re facing this problem, the solution is to disable the anti-aliasing setting in the graphics card settings.

Step 1. Right-click on the desktop and then click Graphics Properties.

Graphics Properties

Step 2. In the Intel HD Graphics Settings window, click the 3D section.

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Step 3. Click on Turn Off at the Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing setting and then the Apply to save the change.

Turn Off Conservative

AnyViewer: remote desktop software with clear image

There’s another way to complete your work remotely with high image quality, you can use the free third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer. It is compatible with multiple Windows versions. Most importantly, it offers a fantastic remote desktop experience as long as your network is in good condition.

Next, let’s see how to connect to your Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows 10 by following the steps below:

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Step 1. Download, install, and launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in.

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Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking One-click control.

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✍ Note: To access remote devices in privacy modeYou need to upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan. After the upgrade, you can enjoy other rights like high-quality image, faster file transfer, etc.

After you’ve successfully connected to your Windows Server 2012 R2. You can easily change the image quality from the toolbar on the middle top of the screen.

Image Quality

Also, you can change the resolution according to your network condition.



What to do when facing Remote Desktop blurry? Here in this post, we offer you three solutions. Firstly, you can change the display resolution. Secondly, you can check Font smoothing in Remote Desktop Connection. Finally, you can disable the anti-aliasing setting in the graphics card settings. Another option for you is to use the free third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer, which provides you with high image quality as long as your network is in good condition.