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High DPI Issue with Photoshop 2021 v22.0

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The most ideal solution so far for computers that are using Windows Scaling that is not 100% was to use the manifest file suggested by Dan Antonielli. I personally use scaling at 125% because on my monitor, everything else at 100% looks extremely small. Changing high-dpi settings on Properties DOES NOT work with cases like this.

 

This was not an issue so far because Photoshop worked just fine with the manifest file.

 

However with the new update and v22.0, the manifest file now throws an error with Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop cannot run on this computer because this version of Photoshop requires Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update (64-bit) version 1809 or later.

 

Of course I am on a later version than the one mentioned above. This is happening because of the Manifest file.

 

Can anyone help me out with a solution to this? Maybe an updated manifest file that supports the newer version of Photoshop?

 

Because without the Manifest file, at 125% Windows Scaling, Photoshop UI is so big that it is very difficult to have any workspace.

 

Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide.

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High DPI Issue with Photoshop 2021 v22.0

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The most ideal solution so far for computers that are using Windows Scaling that is not 100% was to use the manifest file suggested by Dan Antonielli. I personally use scaling at 125% because on my monitor, everything else at 100% looks extremely small. Changing high-dpi settings on Properties DOES NOT work with cases like this.

 

This was not an issue so far because Photoshop worked just fine with the manifest file.

 

However with the new update and v22.0, the manifest file now throws an error with Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop cannot run on this computer because this version of Photoshop requires Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update (64-bit) version 1809 or later.

 

Of course I am on a later version than the one mentioned above. This is happening because of the Manifest file.

 

Can anyone help me out with a solution to this? Maybe an updated manifest file that supports the newer version of Photoshop?

 

Because without the Manifest file, at 125% Windows Scaling, Photoshop UI is so big that it is very difficult to have any workspace.

 

Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide.

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Adobe fix Photoshop's UI scaling on windows 10 quite some time ago. With windows 10 you never need the registry update and manifest file  all you do for old version of Photoshop is edit the start up shortcuts and override application controls scaling change to System enhanced....

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Thank you for the reply but as I've pointed out in the above post ---

> Changing high-dpi settings on Properties DOES NOT work with cases like this.

--- doing this does not work for me when my 'Change the size of text, apps, and other items' option in Display Settings is set to 125%.

 

The only way I found over the years to do this is with the help of a manifest file which is no longer working.

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The point is that on a current system (Windows and Photoshop), you're not supposed to do anything, other than set the scaling factor in Windows. Photoshop will pick it up automatically, as long as you don't muddy the waters by changing other settings.

 

Don't do anything. You're not supposed to "override" anything.

 

If you already had this manifest hack on your system, it's possible it has messed up something else.

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I understand that's how it is supposed to work and it does by default.

 

My Windows Scaling is set to 125% because that is what fits my screen best. My issue is that Photoshop picks that up and as a result the UI scaled to 125%. Logically, overriding DPI settings with System Enhanced should ignore the system scaling and load Photoshop at 100%. But that does not happen. The app still loads at 125% because that is what set on Windows making the UI really large.


So the only way for me to bypass that was with the help of the manifest file. Which does not work with the new update anymore.

 

I've disabled the manifest file entirely and tried every single DPI option possible. They do not work.

 

Photoshop still takes the 125% scaling of Windows and loads with a massive UI.


The only way to technically fix this would be to get the manifest file working. Unfortunately, I do not possess enough knowledge of how to tweak the manifest file with this new version to make it work. I've tried a lot of changes to it but unfortunately they've been unfruitful. 

 

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No System Enhanced would force windows scaling 125% onto Adobe Photoshop.  Photoshop would not be given the actual number of Pixel you display has. So if you have a 4K display with 3840x2160 pixels  Windows would show PS your display has 3,072x1728 pixels.  Photoshop would not know your display has 3840x2160 pixels. When Photoshop displays its 3,072x1728 display Windows would scale them to 3840x2160 pixel.  

 

Use menu help>System Info see how many pixels Photoshop see your displays have.

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Is it the display bounds value? 

 

> Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1080, right=1920

 

That is what it shows on my system. Mine is a 4K monitor but runs at a resolution of 1920x1080. However because the Windows scaling is set to 125%, the UI is unnecessarily large.

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If it shows 1920x1080 you have set windows display scaling to 200% on yoy 4K display and have forced windows scaling onto Photoshop.  If you are using a current release of Photoshop do not force Windows scaling onto Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop UI scaling has been fixed. Let Photoshop handle Display scaling.  Photoshop will scale it UI as you have your Windowing scaling set to 200%. Remove System enhances fro Photoshop launching icon let the Application Photoshop handle DPI Scaling.

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Windows Display scaling is set to 125% not 200%. My display is 4K native but I use a custom resolution of 1920 x 1080. However the recommended scaling for it, which is 100% is too small. So instead I use 125%.

 

Inside of Photoshop, in Preferences, UI scaling is set to Auto. Setting it manually to 100% or 200% does not change anything.

 

There's no overrides. Nothing else.

 

Photoshop's UI loads up large -- precisely 125% size of what it should be because windows scaling is set to 125%. If I change Windows scaling to 100%, Photoshop works absolutely fine.

 

The only way and the only way to have fixed this issue along for Photoshop was with the help of a manifest file before. Which no longer works as I pointed out.

 

Trust me, I know and understand what you're saying. And I understand what Photoshop does and handles this. I am telling you, there's no alternative to this problem that I know of. And Photoshop DOES NOT automatically handle this scenario.

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Sorry to bump this topic up but is it safe to assume that there is no solution to this problem?

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After a lot of experimentation, I finally managed to get the manifest file working with Photoshop 2021.

<compatibility xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:compatibility.v1">
        <application>
            <!-- Windows 10 -->
            <supportedOS Id="{8e0f7a12-bfb3-4fe8-b9a5-48fd50a15a9a}"/>
            <!-- Windows 8.1 -->
            <supportedOS Id="{1f676c76-80e1-4239-95bb-83d0f6d0da78}"/>
            <!-- Windows 8 -->
            <supportedOS Id="{4a2f28e3-53b9-4441-ba9c-d69d4a4a6e38}"/>
            <!-- Windows 7 -->
            <supportedOS Id="{35138b9a-5d96-4fbd-8e2d-a2440225f93a}"/>
            <!-- Windows Vista -->
            <supportedOS Id="{e2011457-1546-43c5-a5fe-008deee3d3f0}"/> 
        </application>
    </compatibility>

 

I added this to it and it now runs with Windows 10 without an error. However the issue now is that the dpiaware or the dpiwareness lines do not actually do anything. The app launches perfectly with the manifest file but there is no scaling.

 

Could anyone with knowledge about this guide me further? Thanks.

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Why use windows display scaling with Windows 10 with this method when you can do the same with Windows 10 shortcuts without  manifest files. Other version of Windows are not support with current Photoshop. It time to use windows 10.

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Why use windows display scaling with Windows 10

 

For the reasons I've mentioned in this post multiple times. I have a 17 inch monitor with a native 4K that has been downscaled to 1080p. The ONLY way I can get a decent reading size is by enabling 125% Windows Scaling. It is also the recommended percentage.


I cannot change that without runining my entire PC experience. And trust me, I have tried to find ways to work past that but it is not possible with the given hardware and make.

 

Other version of Windows are not support with current Photoshop. It time to use windows 10.


I do use Windows 10. I have the latest version of it. That is not the problem.

 

The problem as I've mentioned once again multiple times on this thread is that the Photoshop application by default takes the Windows Scaling and applies it. If we set the shortcut to override "System" or "System Enhanced" ... it actually DOES nothing to undo the 125% done by Windows Scaling.

 

So, until now, the ONLY way to bypass this was the usage of a manifest file.

 

And unfortunately, the manifest file that worked well with 2020 does not work anymore with 2021 becuase of the upgraded minimum specs for 2021.

 

So after a lot of research, I upgraded the Manifest file to work with the 2021 application but unfortunately the dpiAware setting no longer seems to do anything.

 

So anyone with info on how to modify this manifest file to get it working again would be great.

 

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IDEALLY setting override System in Properties should do the job. But it does not with Photoshop. In fact, it has never done, even on older versions when the system wide scaling is set anything more than 100%.

 

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JJMack, I thank you for your time and responses in this matter but you've been giving me very standard responses to a problem that is not standard. I totally understand what you are saying. But that is not the solution to this problem as I've explained numerous times.

 

The only possible solutions are 

1 - Adobe updates Photoshop so "override System" actually overrides Windows Scaling when set to more than 100%.

2 - Someone is able to update the Manifest file more to get it to work as it did with previous versions.

 

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Got the same problem. BTW windows scaling is not working well even when I have had no "manifest" installed 😕 

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