I have a 2nd monitor attached to my Retina MBP. I was on OS X Mavericks and had this problem, where sometimes the displays would go to sleep and when I wake them, many tabs within Chrome look blurry on my main Retina screen.

When I move the tabs over to the non-retina monitor, it actually fixed it. i.e. the solution is to temporarily move the tab to the non-retina monitor (drop it there) and then bring it back and all of a sudden it looks crispy clear again.

Obviously this is a non-scalable/sustainable strategy.

I assumed that by upgrading to Yosemite that would take care of that, but it didn't. I am still seeing it.

Not all tabs are blurry, and the only ones that seem to be blurry are my Chrome tabs. I haven't tried Safari or anything else yet.

Any ideas for what may be causing this?

Here is a screenshot of a Chrome tab looking blurry.

blurry example

  • What is that screen shot of?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 1:11
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    A screenshot of Chrome looking fuzzy/blurry. Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 2:06
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    have the same exact issue with my MBPr, both on OSX 10.9 and now 10.10 as well. Its worth noting that on Chrome Canary I do not have this issue, so hopefully Chrome stable will be updated with a fix soon!
    – Bill Dami
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 23:15
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    Same problem here! OSX 10.9.5 and Chrome 38. I also seem to have it after opening up my macbook from sleep mode.
    – arno_v
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 18:08
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    Also experiencing this problem. Moving or resizing the window temporarily fixes this issue. Mac OS X 10.10, Chrome 38.0.2125.104.
    – Ambidex
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 7:21

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Not 100% sure, but It looks like the latest stable release (39.0.2171.71, released 11/25), may have fixed this.

  • Can anyone else confirm this? I am not 100% certain either. It seems so, but only time will tell for me. Commented Dec 7, 2014 at 18:52
  • I believe this is fixed for me too. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 23:07
  • I'm on 43.0.2357.132 (64-bit) and still experience this from time to time... Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:47

Is the external monitor always connected to your machine?

I'm not sure this will work or if this is a viable solution, but try to set the external monitor as your primary display and report back.

  • It is just a Chrome specific problem. So I doubt this will fix it permanently. Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 6:05

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