Adobe App Scaling On High Dpi Displays Mac

Jul 15, 2019  The magic of Apple’s “Retina” displays is that macOS (formally called Mac OS X) renders the user interface with four times as many pixels (twice the vertical and twice the horizontal resolutions) as it does on a traditional lower resolution display, giving users the benefits of ultra-sharp text and graphics without making the interface too small to see.

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One of the most annoying things about high pixel density displays on Windows is how tiny some user interface elements can be when you load older programs that were designed for the standard 72 pixels per inch pixel density that most displays have used for many decades. When Apple started using high-DPI (HiDPI) displays with many more smaller pixels crammed into the same area, they implemented a work-around in the operating system that would automatically pixel-double old programs that were not updated to adjust themselves automatically to the higher pixel density. That works pretty well except of course some interface elements might look pixelated or jaggy, but at least you can see them and understand what they are.

Microsoft didn’t implement anything like that on Windows. That means if the app or program doesn’t know how to scale for high-DPI displays, then you’re out of luck and it will display pixel for pixel. With a 300 dpi pixel density, those UI designs made for 72 pixel per inch displays would shrink so that every normal inch of that interface would now fit into about a quarter of an inch on your screen. That’s a huge decrease in readability and usability since buttons and type would become so much smaller! You can see an example of how this looks in the photo above showing Adobe Bridge CS6 and Adobe Camera Raw loaded on a Surface Pro 4. The type and buttons are so small, they’re practically unreadable.

  1. This document addresses methods to troubleshoot common issues that users can face while recording on high DPI monitors such as those with Windows 10 operating systems. If you are recording simultions or video demos on a high DPI monitors running Windows 10.
  2. Dec 04, 2018  Right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings from the context menu. The Settings application displays the current scaling of text, apps and other items on the screen that opens. You may use the slider to change the scaling value. Please note that the recommended value takes display size into consideration automatically.
Adobe App Scaling On High Dpi Displays Mac

Today, many existing programs have been updated with APIs that allow them to properly scale their interface designs to maintain usability on high-DPI displays. However, many still do not. Or maybe you don’t want to buy the updated version just to make its buttons bigger. Here’s a trick that might work for you. It’s been around for a while, but many people still don’t know about this hack and are still frustrated by tiny text and buttons on their new PCs with HiDPI displays.

In the above picture, I’ve forced the Adobe Bridge CS6 software to scale up for the high-DPI screen on the Surface Pro 4. It’s much easier to use now as everything is easier to see and activate. Keep reading to find out how to do it. By the way, this tip comes from “–dash” in the Microsoft Answers forum.

Edit the Registry

Open regedit.exe as an Administrator and navigate to the registry key: Free app mac screen mirror samsung tv.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > SideBySide.

Right-click the right pane and choose NEW > DWORD (32 bit) Value.

Type PreferExternalManifest, and then press ENTER.

Right-click PreferExternalManifest, and then click Modify.

Enter Value Data 1 and select Decimal.

Click OK. Exit Registry Editor.

Create Manifest file

The next step is to create a new text file with the name of the program’s executable followed by “.manifest” at the end. You’re going to place this file in the same directory as the executable file that you want to force DPI scaling on. So for example, if you want “Bridge.exe” to scale, you’ll make a text file called “Bridge.exe.manifest”. Then you’ll want to copy and paste the entire contents of the below XML code into the manifest file and save it.

Adobe App Scaling On High Dpi Displays Machine

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ standalone=”yes”?>
<assembly xmlns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1″ manifestVersion=”1.0″ xmlns:asmv3=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3″>
version=”″ processorArchitecture=”*”
</dependency><trustInfo xmlns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3″>
<asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns=””>
<ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings=””>false</ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware>

You can also copy the Manifest file code from here if that’s easier.

Now after all of that is done, launch the program and it should now be scaling according to your system’s DPI scaling settings. Of course, the UI elements will probably look pixelated, but at least you’ll be able to see the buttons and read the text. Be forwarned however that this does not work with everything. Some programs may have errors in which case all you have to do is remove the manifest file from that program’s folder. This is probably why the automatic scaling of all programs was not enabled on a system-wide basis like Apple has done.

Disable Scaling On High Dpi

Are you using a Windows device with a high DPI display? Which programs do you use that still don’t scale properly?

Photoshop doesn't support overriding High DPI scaling behavior on Windows versions 10 or greater. Users who override this setting might experience difficulty interacting with the Photoshop user interface. Possible issues include:

  • The Start Screen, Library panel, and other extension panels don't scale correctly (appear too small and offset)
  • Menu dropdowns don't align to the top menu bar
  • The cursor consistently shows spinning loading circle next to cursor
  • Canvas isn't centered in the document window and doesn't align to rulers

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  1. Quit Photoshop.
  2. In Windows File Explorer, navigate to the Photoshop installation folder.
  3. Right-click Photoshop.exe in the installation directory and select Properties.
  4. Switch to the Compatibility tab in the dialog that appears.
  5. Deselect Override High DPI Scaling Behavior in the Settings group.
  6. Click Apply and then click OK.
  7. Relaunch Photoshop.