The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Gresom Jul 28, 2013 @ 6:51am
Menu fix for ultra wide screens? Scale down GUI.
I've got a Dell 29" 2560x1080 monitor. Aspect ratio is 21:9 . The 3D world is rendered correctly. But the ingame menu's are too high, making the top & bottom of the menu's fall off the screen. Some tasks and dialogues are impossible to complete since the buttons are off-screen. Mod's like SkyUI suffer from the same error. Does anyone know a fix to shrink the GUI?
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drail3 Jul 28, 2013 @ 8:30am 
There is a possible temp fix, though it is not a mod. With the console command you can zoom your pov in and out. In Skyrims case this is called Field of view or FOV. I hope the following can help you.


http: //j-u-i-c-e.hubpages .com/hub/ change-fov-skyrim #

Skyrim's default setting is 65 degrees, which is great for consoles, but not so great for us PC gamers. Fortunately, it is possible to change this setting by editing the Skyrim.ini file, or by typing a command in the console.

Changing the FOV Using Skyrim.ini

To change the default FOV, find the Skyrim.ini file in your Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ folder and place the following line under the [Display] settings header:


where x.x is the number of degrees you'd like to set it for. For example, fDefaultWorldFOV=90.0 will set the FOV to 90 degrees. (The decimal and trailing zeroes aren't required.)

The next time you load your game, switch to first person view and press the Tab key to open the Menu. When you close the menu, your FOV should update automatically. This setting should persist through opening and closing the map, fast traveling, and sprinting as long as you don't change the FOV in the console. Changing the FOV using the console command has a tendency to revert the FOV back to its default when any of these situations occur.

Changing the FOV Using the Console

Before deciding on a particular FOV, you will probably want to try some out in-game. You can change the FOV setting in-game by using the console.

Type '~' to enter the console, then type


where x represents the angle you would like to view. For example, FOV 90 will change the FOV to 90 degrees. When you're done, type '~' again to exit the console and save your game. The FOV should update automatically and your new setting will be saved in the save game.

Many players find that using the console command to set the FOV tends to produce very unreliable results. Opening the map, fast traveling, and sprinting, have all been known to reset the FOV back to the default. While it isn't difficult to reset it, it can be annoying to have to readjust it every time you use one of these features.

For this reason, it is generally better to use the Skyrim.ini technique rather than the console technique. Pick a setting you like using the console, then exit, edit the Skyrim.ini with the preferred value, and then don't touch it. If you need to edit it, adjust the ini file instead.

What Is a Good FOV Setting?

The setting that works best for you is going to depend on a lot of factors: how large your monitor is, how far away you sit from your monitor, and what your personal preferences are. Generally speaking, a number between 80 and 100 works for most people. 90 is probably the most common setting I've come across. The best way to decide is just to test various settings out in-game and see which one you like best.

You will notice some distortion at the sides of your screen when you increase the FOV. This is normal, and a small amount of distortion along the edges will not affect your enjoyment of the game. Take some time to play the game before deciding how much or how little distortion you like. Tweaking FOV is always a compromise between improving your field of vision and introducing distortion. If the distortion is too distracting, then adjust the FOV down until you are satisfied with the compromise. A small amount of distortion in an area of the screen where you ordinarily don't look is a small price to pay for increased immersion and comfort.

What is FOV and How Does it Work?

This distortion is not a 'glitch', but a consequence of the peculiar relationship between the way we ordinarily see in 3D, and the way we view a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface.

You may also notice that when you adjust your FOV up, objects appear to get smaller and further away, and when you adjust it down, they appear to be larger and closer. It might seem like the camera rendering the scene has changed position, but it actually hasn't. The reason why things appear to be larger or smaller based on the FOV has to do with the way our brains handle perspective.

The two-part video linked in this hub provides a more detailed analysis of FOV and how it works in video games.

The videos are really pretty interesting, and the person conducting the tutorial does an excellent job explaining the concept in a way that anyone can understand. It's well worth watching.

Other FOV Settings

You may come across various other FOV settings and instructions in other posts, but the method outlined above is the one that has worked best for me. If, for some reason this method isn't working, you can try adding


under [Display] to the Skyrim.ini in Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ and


under [General] to the SkyrimPrefs.ini in Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ where x is the angle you'd like to use. Load up your save, switch to first person, and Tab into the Menu to force it to take effect.

I'm still experimenting with FOV myself, so if I discover problems with it or find a better or more reliable way of changing it, I'll be sure to update the hub. Feel free to add your own tips and suggestions in the comments.
Gresom Jul 29, 2013 @ 10:33am 
Hi Drail3 thanks for your reply. I've tried earlier on the FOV X command in the console, but it seems this setting only affects the 3d-world in which the game plays. The in-game menu's (GUI) are not affected by changing FOV.

I tried using Widescreen fixer and the most recent skyrim plugin, but it did not bring a solution. It seems to mess up the menu's even more, but perhaps it's just my error. You can have a look here: The Skyrim plugin can be found here:

I will try the other FOV settings mentioned in your post soon.
Again thanks for your reply, always nice to get support from a fellow gamer.

Greets from the Netherlands!
Gresom Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:30pm 
I found a solution:
This app delivers the perfect menu-fix. Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 21:9
moonblade_820 Feb 26, 2014 @ 10:01pm 
This solution didnt work for me. And Im about to desinstall skyrim. The app does nothing. Any other solution? A patch launched for the games creator?
Bishop Jan 13, 2015 @ 3:28am 
Gresom, THANK YOU so much for that link! Even almost a year later that is the best and only fix I have found.
Gresom Jan 13, 2015 @ 12:10pm 
Originally posted by Bishop:
Gresom, THANK YOU so much for that link! Even almost a year later that is the best and only fix I have found.
:-) You're welcome. Have fun!
not a ninja Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:01pm 
I just got a new monitor, and now I'm having the same problem Gresom - do you still have a link? It looks like your link from July 30, 2013 was removed. Thanks!
Gresom Apr 26, 2015 @ 4:23am 
Originally posted by not a ninja:
I just got a new monitor, and now I'm having the same problem Gresom - do you still have a link? It looks like your link from July 30, 2013 was removed. Thanks!

The app is called "Flawless Widescreen". Google it.
InAComaDial999 Apr 28, 2015 @ 6:49pm 
Totally agree with Gresom. I recently got a 2560x1080 monitor and hadn't set Skyrim up for it yet. Sure enough, all you have to do is set the resolution in skyrimprefs.ini, then run Flawless Widescreen and start up Skyrim. Worked perfectly the first time, with the UI elements scaled properly and in the right place.
Mighty Squirrel (Banned) Apr 28, 2015 @ 6:54pm 
You ain't seen widescreen 'til you seen mine.
not a ninja May 1, 2015 @ 6:22pm 
Awesome. Thanks Gresom and InAComaDial999 !!
not a ninja May 1, 2015 @ 6:47pm 
So i just tried that but the top of the inventory and power menus is still cut off. And in the Skills/Perks menu, the bottom is cut off so you can't see your Magicka/Health/Stamina.
It is not unplayable, but it seems like others are able to get this working.

I'm trying to play at 21:9 of 3440x1440. If I use the 16:9 2560x1440 it seems to work, but my monitor is squishing things slightly, so my character looks more stalky than normal.

I adjusted the SkyrimPrefs.ini to 3440 x 1440
saved it
launched Flawless Widescreen. (i didn't see an option to Run anything, but I've got Skyrim highlighted and I see the slider bars.)
closed F Widescreen
opened and played Skyrim from the steam menu.
Relaunched from the SKUI icon on my desktop.

Ideas on what else I can try?
Nvidia graphics card.

Originally posted by not a ninja:
launched Flawless Widescreen. (i didn't see an option to Run anything, but I've got Skyrim highlighted and I see the slider bars.)
closed F Widescreen
opened and played Skyrim from the steam menu.

You have to keep Flawless Widescreen running in the background. Start it up, select the "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" plugin, check "Using SkyUI" under "Individual Fixes" if you are using that, then just minimize it. It will go into the system tray. Then launch Skyrim however you normally launch it.
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