SetProcessDpiAwarenessContext function (winuser.h)

Sets the current process to a specified dots per inch (dpi) awareness context. The DPI awareness contexts are from the DPI_AWARENESS_CONTEXT value.


It is recommended that you set the process-default DPI awareness via application manifest, not an API call. See Setting the default DPI awareness for a process for more information. Setting the process-default DPI awareness via API call can lead to unexpected application behavior.


BOOL SetProcessDpiAwarenessContext(


[in] value


Return value

This function returns TRUE if the operation was successful, and FALSE otherwise. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Possible errors are ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER for an invalid input, and ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED if the default API awareness mode for the process has already been set (via a previous API call or within the application manifest).


This API is a more advanced version of the previously existing SetProcessDpiAwareness API, allowing for the process default to be set to the finer-grained DPI_AWARENESS_CONTEXT values. Most importantly, this allows you to programmatically set Per Monitor v2 as the process default value, which is not possible with the previous API.

This method sets the default DPI_AWARENESS_CONTEXT for all threads within an application. Individual threads can have their DPI awareness changed from the default with the SetThreadDpiAwarenessContext method.

You must call this API before you call any APIs that depend on the DPI awareness (including before creating any UI in your process). Once API awareness is set for an app, any future calls to this API will fail. This is true regardless of whether you set the DPI awareness in the manifest or by using this API.

If the DPI awareness level is not set, the default value is DPI_AWARENESS_CONTEXT_UNAWARE.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 10, version 1703 [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2016 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winuser.h
Library User32.lib
DLL User32.dll

See also



Setting the default DPI awareness for a process