Welcome to my first Digital 100’s Digital Tweaks and today’s tweak is aboat DPI scaling on high DPI displays for Adobe apps & products. Recently I purchased a new large screen TV to use as one of my display monitors or my video editing using Adobe products.  I plugged it in and boot It up the computer and the screen look great and there were no issues until I started Adobe Premiere and the icons and the layout was all miniaturized. not exactly what I was looking for with a larger screen and a more difficult desktop to work with.

I did a bit of research and was able to find a very common workaround for Windows 10 users bought large screen TVs or high DPI displays.

Why does the problem exists?

Adobe.

Why do they let this happen?

The short of it is when the Windows app loads asks if  the app is High DPI aware this determines whether or not your interface will be viewable by you or ants.

How do we fix it?

Basically we tell windows that is not DPI aware and we make sure it’s scales everything properly.

First we tell Windows to look for an external manifest file.

Make a registry edit file and run that on your system to tell Windows to change this DPI scaling issue.

Registry Edit command. Open Notepad and create a file called

dpiscalling-edit.reg

in that file put this line of code

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SideBySide]
“PreferExternalManifest”=dword:00000001

Save it. Then run it on your computer.

OR

Use registry Editor to tell windows that you prefer an external manifest file.

If you’re new to editing your registry this is a sensitive area of your computer but at the same time this is a very simple edit that you’ll be making. So first thing back up your registry that way you don’t have any issues going backwards on the step next just follow the steps below or download the registry edit file which executes these changes for you it’s really just one line of code.

  1. Press  Windows Button + R, type “regedit”, and then click OK.
  2. Navigate to the following registry subkey:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > SideBySide
  3. Right-click, select NEW > DWORD (32 bit) Value
  4. Type PreferExternalManifest, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click PreferExternalManifest, and then click Modify.
  6. Enter Value Data 1 and select Decimal.
  7. Click OK. Exit Registry Editor.

For reference, here is a link to a Microsoft support file on the topic: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/912949/en-us

Second Step:  take the Manifest files and put them in the application folders that you want to have the scaling issue resolved on.  download them from the blog post or you can also make your own using the Manifest text file. the code within the Manifest text file simply tells Windows to look at the scaling on your monitor differently.

manifest-file

Once you placed the Manifest files inside all the folders you’re good to go now just reboot your computer and you should see the changes in your display and everything should be corrected.

There is also some additional options on Windows 10 or you right click the icon look at properties and then look at the compatibility folder if the above changes did not work and salt for scaling issues.

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