Windows 10: App Windows are WAY too Small Solved

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  1.    23 May 2016 #11

    JLOB said: View Post
    You might try this. Find the .EXE fie for the app in question. Right-click on it and select “properties”. Click on “compatibility”. Under “settings”, check the box for “Disable Display Scaling for high DPI settings”.
    Tried that first, thanks for the idea though!

    This is getting so frustrating, at lease google chrome and thunderbird are a normal text size so I can read my email and do web based stuff. :-(
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       22 Feb 2017 #12

    yes guys I had this issue in my lap top which connected to big screen Samsung (syncmaster sa 350) try this right click
    graphics properties - display change the resolution to smaller one and apply then check the right resolution and press yes to save the perfect one for you. windows 7
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  3.    03 Oct 2017 #13

    running windows 10 pro over 4k laptop
    my winamp and bing search is way too small as well.
    i have a feeling we will have to adjust the programs rather then the OS

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  4.    03 Oct 2017 #14

    If you are running your Windows computer on a high resolution display, for instance one of those brand new 4K displays, you may have noticed that some text does not scale well. At such resolutions, Windows automatically turns on DPI scaling so everything on your screen becomes larger. However, there are some third party apps, which don't render properly on high DPI screens. They look too small for the screen resolution.

    Typically, such apps were written before high DPI displays appeared. They appear too small on the screen with impossible to read fonts and they don't scale properly.

    Let us see how to fix them if Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 does not scale them properly.

    This fix is applied on a per-app basis so you wonít have to worry about it affecting apps that donít suffer from a small GUI.

    1. Open the Windows registry editor by typing regedit.exe into Start Menu and navigate to the following location:

    2. Create a new DWORD value and name it PreferExternalManifest. Double click it and set its value to 1.

    3. First, open the application folder for the application you need to fix the GUI for.

    4. Copy below codes and paste it in notepad.

    <?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="*"
    <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
      <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns="">
        <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings="">false</ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware>
    6. Save the manifest file with manifest extension. For example, Photoshop has a small GUI and Photoshop executable file is called Photoshop.exe. Note the name for the executable file. Next, rename the manifest file you just downloaded to Photoshop.exe.manifest. Copy this file to the same location as the Photoshop.exe file.

    You will need administrative rights to do this. Thatís all you need to do.
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  5.    09 Dec 2017 #15

    Thank You!!

    Thank you JLOB!!
    This fixed the problem on several of my applications.
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       03 Mar 2018 #16

    @FreeBooter You da MAN!


    THANK YOU * 10^6!

    This fixed the DPI scaling problem with the SpiderOak application that kept me from using the highly-rated service. Despite contacting their Tech Support about the problem, and despite their commitment to fix this in a subsequent release, they didn't. And I refused to use the service, until today.

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  7.    04 Mar 2018 #17

    You are very welcome @PopTBop
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  8.    29 Mar 2018 #18

    Best fix - right click on app icon

    A fix that worked for me just now was to right-click on the icon of the app on the desktop. Then go
    Properties>Compatibility -- >Tick the 'Override high DPI scaling behavior' box and select 'System' from the drop-down box under that --> 'Apply', then you're done. Good luck!
    Credit for this fix goes to duckduckgo for helping me find this little gem
    Last edited by essenbe; 29 Mar 2018 at 09:03. Reason: Removed questionable link.
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